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LIMASAWA, Southern Leyte (PIA) -- The second congressional district representative of the province served as a vital link in order that treasured paintings depicting this town’s moments with the past, particularly with the visiting Spaniards in the 16th century, can find a home here.

Rep. Christopherson Yap of the province’s second district said the Spanish Ambassador himself, Jorge Moragas, personally gave the replica of the portraits to him.

Yap led the turnover of the six (6) works of art to the local officials led by Limasawa Mayor Melchor Petracorta at the Brgy. Cabulihan gym on Saturday, September 3,

In his short talk, Yap said the donation cemented the historic island’s place in the records of history where the First Easter Sunday Mass on March 31, 1521 was held not only in the country but throughout Asia, and that this fact was recognized by the Spanish government.

The paintings also signified the long-standing friendship between Limasawa and Spain, their presence in a museum in the island would certainly provide much-needed boost for religious-tourism, and an added come-on especially for Spanish tourists.

Bust profiles of the brave voyagers, namely, Juan Sebastian Elcano, Roy Lopez de Villalobos, and Ferdinand Magellan were vividly portrayed in the portraits, as well as scenes of life in a Galeon on a busy day.

A deed of donation was signed by Mayor Petraorta for receiving the rare treasure collections right after the formal hand-over, witnessed by locals in the barangay that included municipal employees, Coast Guard and PNP personnel, teachers, and some students. (MMP with reports from Dahlia Orit/RP-Sogod)