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Homonhon Island

Pagbabangnan, Eastern Samar, Philippines

History Hit

24 Nov 2020

About Homonhon Island

Homonhon Island was the first place that Ferdinand Magellan landed in the Philippines. Magellan and his exhausted crew arrived on the uninhabited Homonhon Island, then known as Humumu, on 16 March 1521, heralding his discovery of the Philippines. He stayed there for eight days. It was here he encountered a boat with nine local native peoples who assisted him with the supplies of food and water so they could continue their voyage of discovery to Limasaw Island in the Siargao Straight.

The site of Magellan’s landing is commemorated on Homonhon Island, although there is relatively little to see.