It was where Magellan first landed when he arrived in the Philippines. He landed on the island of Homonhon on March 16, 1521, and dispatched crew members, who  gathered on the uninhabited island.  Magellan was detected by the boats of Rajah Culambu of Limasawa, who guided him to Cebu — and the rest of that episode is history.

In our family, Homonhon has a special place.  It was there, in 1983, that the Llevado family and a handful of other families from Guinob-an evacuated to escape the uncertainties of martial law.  Rena and her family lived there for almost a year as refugees, at first living largely off of shellfish that they gathered.

Now the Philippine Navy reports the delivery of aid to the island, and nearby Manicani and Suluan, all part of the municipality of Guiuan.

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