November 28, 2021
Southern Leyte (English: Habagatang Leyte; Winaray: Habagatan nga Leyte or Salatan nga Leyte) is a province of the Philippines located in the Western Visayas region. Its capital is Maasin City and the province is located in the southern fourth place of the island of Leyte. To the north of the province is the province of Leyte and the Surigao Strait to the east. The Bohol Sea is to the south, and the Canigao Channel, which extends to Bohol, to the west. Southern Leyte is an important part of the country's island transportation system, with ferries carrying people and cargo from Liloan to Surigao del Norte in Mindanao and back. Initially, Southern Leyte was part of the Province of Leyte. Due to the difficulties of managing the entire island from Tacloban, the capital of Leyte, it has been suggested that the island be separated into two provinces. In 1959 a law was passed creating the province of Southern Leyte and the province was inaugurated in 1960. Limasawa, an island-hill to the south, is believed to have been the site of the country's first Catholic mass, when Fernando Magallanes arrived in 1521. But some believe it was held in Butuan.