Bood Promontory Ecopark

Satellite image of the Bood Promontory Ecopark in Butuan City.

The Bood Promontory Ecopark is a wooded area located at a bend in the Masao River (also known as the El Rio de Butuan) in Butuan City. This site, containing a large cross, is claimed by the Butuanons to be the place where Magellan celebrated the first mass in the Philippines on March 31, 1521 before dying in battle at Mactan a little less than a month later.

You should know by now that there is a dispute as to the exact place where this historic mass took place. According to Antonio Pigafetta, the chronicler of Magellan’s voyage, the mass occurred in a place called “Mazaua.” Butuanons contend that “Mazaua” referred to their Masao River.

Republic Act No. 2733 was passed in 1960 and it declared that Limasawa (“Mazaua”) is the site of the first mass. Limasawa is an island municipality in the province of Southern Leyte. This assertion was based on a translation of Pigafetta’s journals by American historian James A. Robertson. This position is also accepted by popular Filipino historians Zaide and Agoncillo.

Butuanons disputed this law and this prompted the formation of the Gancayo Commission to resolve this issue. In 1998, the National Historical Institute ruled that Limasawa is the real site of the first mass. But of course, Butuanons rejected this and still continue to commemorate the March 31 mass in their city.

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December 5, 2007
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  1. Vicente Calibo de Jesus wrote on December 14, 2007 @ 05:31AM

    Bood is not in Masao. It may be part of the island called Mazaua which is we think an island now fused with “continental” island of Mindanao, most precisely in Butuan. This island consists of the geopolitical entities of Bancasi and Pinamanculan.

    To understand this complex and complicated geographical probability, pls see the latest research finding on Mazaua, the island-port where Magellan’s fleet anchored in March-April 1521. Go to the website of nuclear scientist Dr. Vasco Caini at www.xeniaeditrice.it.

    Masao is not an island. It’s a spit.

  2. cathy wrote on February 28, 2011 @ 10:14PM

    im confused…can you explain it further..you see we were having our local tour in bood this sarturday and i want more info. about this place..must search more..tnx..

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