By BEN SERRANO
BUTUAN City–The Butuan-Caraga Historical Society and Heritage Foundation Inc. has claimed that the tomb of a son of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan and church relics were found in a town in Agusan del Norte.
The discovery was made in Mt. Mina-asog, the highest peak in Tubay, Agusan del Norte, and the place would soon be declared as an archeological site, said Butuan historian Dr. Potenciano Malvar.
Malvar said the tomb is that of Rodrigo de Magallanes, said to be Magellan’s illegitimate son.
The tomb had markings including Magallanes’s initials “RM,” and cross signs all over.
Malvar said church relics like a crucifix made of bronze, cups, candle holders and basin, among others, were also unearthed in the area.
Butuan historians said the church relics were proof that the first Roman Catholic mass in the Philippines was held here.
“We will need to validate this, and we need the cooperation and assistance of the national government which needs to send archeologists and experts to the site,” said Malvar and his group composed of historians Florante More, Greg Hontiveros and Dr. Jocel Dagani.
“The discovery of the tomb of the son of Magellan will change the course of Philippine history as to the discovery of the Philippines by Magellan on March 1521 and the holding of the First Easter Mass which was held in April 1521, not in Limasawa, Leyte but in Butuan,” said Malvar.
He said the tomb and the relics were discovered by residents led by Pastor Ian Calo, Pompei Lamigo and Vicente Calo.