Limasawa, an island whose historical significance dates back five centuries, has entered the age of high-speed internet with the recent launch of Smart Communications, Inc.’s LTE network there.
This comes months ahead of the start of the yearlong celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Christianization of the Philippines.
Limasawa, located off the tip of Southern Leyte province, is the site of the first Catholic Mass said in the country on Easter Sunday in 1521. The moment will be among the events to be commemorated during the quincentennial anniversary celebration.
“Smart LTE will be of great help with our virtual activities and other strategies to promote the island,” said Mayor Melchor Petracorta. “Connectivity is crucial to increasing people’s awareness…Overall, it will contribute to the island’s economic development,” he said.
Prior to the rollout of Smart LTE in the area, Limasawa island greatly depended on local bandilyos (announcements) and posts on barangay bulletin boards. Amid technological advances, Limasawa had been lagging behind progressive communities.
The historic Christian celebration was supposed to start last year but had to be moved this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. Catholic Church leaders had announced that the yearlong event will start this April and culminate in April 2022.
Aside from the first Mass, other historic events to be commemorated are the first baptism of converts in Cebu, and the arrival of the Sto. Niño.