Region 5 (Bicol Region) : (Filipino: Kabikulan; Spanish: Bicolandia)

Located in the southernmost tip of Luzon Island, the largest island in the Philippines.

Masbate City, Islands Philippines

Masbate Philippines, Geography, Climate, Economy, Major Industries, History, Political System, Getting There, Topography
Slope, Infrastructure, Beaches and Resorts, Investment Guide, Investment Opportunities, Links and References

Tourist Attractions - Natural Attractions, Cultural Attractions, Man-Made Attractions Feasts and Festivals
Special Interest
Rodeo Filipino, Limestone Hills, Catandayangan Falls, Aroroy Beach, Bat-Ongan Caves, Underwater Caves


Masbate - Rodeo Country of Bicol

Masbate is one of the provinces in the Bicol Region. It is located in central part of the Philippine Archipelago between latitudes 11 43' north and 21 36' north and 123 09' cast and 124 15'east. With its geographical condition, it serves as a gateway of Luzon to Cebu and Panay Island. The Capital town of Masbate is one hour and twenty minutes ride from Manila by plane and twelve hours from Cebu City by ship.

The islands of Masbate were formed out of volcanic rocks over one hundred million years before man made his appearance in the tropical regions of the earth. Humans then made tools of stone, bone, and wood. Some of these very early stone stools and bones have been found in Masbate.

Village settling grew from the development of farming, pottery flourished, stone tools were improved, and the early Masbate farmers made axes of polished stones. Many stones axes of this kind have been found in Masbate. They are the remains of the first farmers who used the axes to cut down trees. The early farmers also made beautiful ornaments of shells. They buried their dead in burial caves and jars. Two large caves in Masbate, the Bat-ongan Cave in Mandaon and the Kalanay Cave in Aroroy, are known worldwide as burial caves.

About four hundred years BC, iron and glass as well as woven cloth appeared in Masbate. The stone tools gradually disappeared; agriculture improved. Beautiful decorated potteries were produced. Unearthed fragments of porcelain tell the brisk trade that existed with China.


Philippines Cuisine Characteristics

Vinegar is a common ingredient. Adobo is popular not solely for its simplicity and ease of preparation, but also for its ability to be stored for days without spoiling, and even improve in flavor with a day or two of storage.

Tinapa is a smoke-cured fish while tuyo, daing, and dangit are corned, sun-dried fish popular because they can last for weeks without spoiling, even without refrigeration.

More details at Philippines Cuisine Characteristics




  Central  Philippines


  Region V - Bicol


  404,770 Has.




  HOUSEHOLD :   128,860
  POPULATION :   653,852 (1995) Census


  9.16% (1990-1995)


  DIALECT :   Masbaneto, Cebuano, 
        Hiligaynon and Bicolano


  Type II and III


  Copra, Aquamarine,
        Cattle and Gold

Masbate Philippines, Masbate Geography, Masbate Climate, Economy, Masbate Major Industries, Masbate History, Masbate Political System, Masbate :Getting There, Masbate Topography, Masbate Slope, Masbate Infrastructure, Masbate Beaches and Resorts, Masbate Investment Guide, Masbate Investment Opportunities, Masbate Links and References

Masbate Tourist Attractions - Masbate Natural Attractions, Masbate Cultural Attractions, Masbate Man-Made Attractions Masbate Feasts and Festivals
Special Interest
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