The Great Island: Studies in the Exploration and Evangelization of Mindanao

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Ateneo University Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 305 pages
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The exploration and evangelization of Mindanao required courage, perseverance, and ingenuity on the part of missionaries and explorers. While some of the essays in this book afford a glimpse of the endeavor, they deal with only a small part of the great enterprise. Products of reflection and historical research, they deal in turn with the controversy about the site of the first Mass; beginnings of evangelization; construction of the first church; the exploration of the largest river system of the island; the early attempts to climb the highest mountain; and Rizal's four-year stay in Dapitan.

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The article totally mistakes the island-port where Magellan's fleet was anchored the entire Easter Week of March 1521. The port was Mazaua, not Butuan and not Limasawa. The fleet did not visit Butuan. And, Limasawa is an imagined isle with an invented name that was coined to negate it was "Mazaua" and to deny there was a mass anywhere in the Philippines. This point Bernad did not detect.
The Limasawa story is just three paragraphs. It does not mention any mass. It does not say the fleet was moored at Limasawa on Holy Week. Everything in the story is false including the name of Magellan which becomes "Alonso."
The port, let me repeat, is Mazaua. An inventory of the properties of Mazaua will show it shares nothing with Limasawa including, the most basic, the name.
I have made an inventory of Mazaua's properties at See it.


Butuan or Limasawa? A Reexamination
The Beginnings of Evangelization
Father Duc6s and the Muslim Wars 17521759
The Tamontaca Experiment
The Evangelization of the Davao Region 18481900
Rizal in Dapitan
The Great River of Mindanao
The Exploration of Rio Grande
The Ascent of Mount Apo 18521958

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