Masbate City

Masbate’s city is literally at the middle of everything, situated at the centermost area of Masbate province. It is the province’s only city as well. The dialect of locals is called Minasbate, a blend of Ilonggo, Cebuano, Bicolano and Hiligaynon that they have made their own. The city is one of the major cities of the Bicol Region. Its highly accessible location has also made the city a gateway for trade in the Bicol Region, to different parts of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

The Masbate province’s unexpected claim to fame is actually rodeo: the Rodeo Grand Arena — the only arena of its kind in the Philippines — is right in the city, and complete with corrals, a grandstand and a stockyard, just like in the Wild West. There are rodeo festivals where tourists can not only watch rodeos, they can also go horseback riding and milk cows.

Sights exclusive to the city include the Magallanes Coliseum, where major city events are held, as well as the Masbate Cathedral, formerly called the Cathedral-Parish of Saint Anthony of Padua. Tourists can also stroll, go catch a movie or go souvenir shopping at LCC Mall or Gaisano Capital Masbate, the two malls of the city.

Just because this is a city does not mean that it is not without natural wonders of its own. Masbate City is where you can find Pawa Mangrove Nature Park, the largest area of natural mangrove growth in the province. It is also where you can find the Buntod Sandbar and Marine Sanctuary, which has diverse corals and makes for an unforgettable snorkeling experience.

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