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Masbate

BRIEF DESCRIPTION 

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. 

 

 

GEOGRAPHY 

The island of Masbate lies exactly at the center of the Philippine archipelago between latitudes 11° 43’ north and 123° 09’ east and 124° 5’ east. It is bounded on the north by Vurias and Ticao Pass, east by San Bernardino Strait, south by the Visayan Sea, and west by the Sibuyan Sea. Relative to mainland Bicol, the province faces the southwestern coasts of Camarines Sur, Albay, and Sorsogon. 

 

The general surface configuration of the province ranges from slightly undulating to rolling and from hilly to mountainous. In each island, the rugged topography is concentrated in the northeastern portion and gradually recedes to blunt hills and rolling areas in the south, southeast, and southwest. 

 

POLITICAL SUBDIVISION 

Masbate is the capital town. The province is composed of 21 municipalities which are politically subdivided into three districts: First District – San Pascual, Claveria, Montreal, San Jacnto, San Fernando, and Batua; Second District – Masbate, Mobo, Milagros, Aroroy, Baleno, Balud, and Mandaon; Third District – Uson, Dimasalang, Palanas, Cataingan, Pio V. Corpuz, Esperanza, Placer, and Cawayan. 

 

CLIMATE 

Burias and Ticao Island and the western and central parts of mainland Masbate are covered by a climate characterized by no very pronounced maximum rain period, with a short dry season. The southeastern parts have rainfall more or less evenly distributed throughout the year. Masbate has the lowest average annual rainfall distribution in Bicol. 

 

POPULATION 

The May 2000 Census of Population shows that Masbate had reached 707,668 inhabitants. 

 

LANGUAGE/DIALECT 

The people speak predominantly Visayan with a unique mixture of Tagalog and some shades of Ilonggo. In Burias island, they speak Bicol similarly as the people of Camarines Sur, due to the island’s close proximity to the Bicol mainland. The people generally speak fluent English and Pilipino. 

  • PABIRIK FESTIVAL

    Paracale, Camarines Norte

    January 23 - February 2

  • BICOL ARTS FESTIVAL

    Legazpi City

    February 1- February 28

  • SPRING FESTIVAL (CHINESE LUNAR NEW YEAR)

    Iriga City, Camarines Sur

    February 11

  • ANNUAL "HARANA: KARANTAHAN NIN PAGRANGA" (A MUSIC FESTIVAL)

    San Jose, Camarines Sur

    February 14

  • MAYON CONQUEST

    Albay

    March 18- March 20

  • TABAK FESTIVAL

    Tabaco City, Albay

    March 19- March 22

  • RODEO MASBATEÑO (LOCAL COWBOYS)

    Masbate City

    April 9-14

  • SEMANA SANTA SA BIKOL

    Calabanga, Camarines Sur

    April 5-6

  • BUTANDING FESTIVAL

    Donsol, Sorsogon

    April 28-May 5

  • MAGAYON FESTIVAL ("Festival of Festivals Showdown")

    Albay

    April 10-29

  • BAYBAYON FESTIVAL

    Sagñay. Camarines Sur

    April 15-17

  • PASA-PASA FESTIVAL

    Monreal, Masbate

    April 18-21

  • KADAHOMAN FESTIVAL

    Lagonoy, Camarines Sur

    April 1-May 1

  • BAGABAS BEACH INTERNATIONAL ECO-ARTS FESTIVAL

    Daet, Camarines Norte

    May 30-June 6

  • BOA-BOAHAN "ALINSANGAN" FESTIVAL

    Nabua, Camarines Sur

    May 2

  • ALBAY DAY

    Albay

    May 14

  • SARUNG BANGGI FESTIVAL

    Sto. Domingo, Albay

    May 19-27

  • KAOGMA FESTIVAL

    Pili, Camarines Sur

    May 24-31

  • PADARAW FESTIVAL

    Bulan, Sorsogon

    May 30

  • LAYAG FESTIVAL

    Rapu-Rapu, Albay

    May 22-27

  • HARANA FESTIVAL "Karantahan nin Pagranga"

    San Jose, Camarines Sur

    May 16-21

  • PINYASAN (PINEAPPLE) FESTIVAL

    Camarines Norte

    June 15- June 23

  • "OYANGE KAUGMAN" FESTIVAL

    Polangui, Albay

    June 20- June 29

  • PILI FESTIVAL

    Sorsogon, Sorsogon

    June 20- June 29

  • LIBON PAROY FESTIVAL

    Libon, Albay

    July 22- 25

  • LUBID FESTIVAL

    Malilipot, Albay

    July 12-16

  • MERCEDES FISHTIVAL/MERCEDES KADAGATAN FESTIVAL

    Mercedes, Camarines Norte

    August 1-8

  • STA. CLARA FESTIVAL

    Tigaon, Camarines Sur

    August 4-13

  • CORON FESTIVAL

    Tiwi, Albay

    August 15- August 17

  • PILGRIMAGE TO JOROAN

    Joroan, Tiwi, Albay

    August 20

  • DARAGANG MAGAYON

    Daraga, Albay

    August 26 - September 8

  • ARANDURUGAN FESTIVAL

    Guinobatan, Albay

    August 12-17

  • PASA-PASA IKAW FESTIVAK

    Pasacao, Camarines Sur

    August 25-30

  • VOYADORES FESTIVAL

    Daraga, Albay

    September 15

  • PENAFRANCIA FESTIVAL

    Naga City, Camarines Sur

    September 17

  • BUSIG-ON FESTIVAL

    Labo, Cam. Norte

    September 7-8

  • LAPAY BANTIGUE DANCE FESTIVAL

    Masbate City

    September 29

  • KASANGGAYAHAN FESTIVAL (PROSPERITY)

    Sorsogon, Sorsogon

    October 17-27

  • CATANDUNGAN "PADAYAW" FESTIVAL

    Catanduanes

    October 22-24

  • IBALONG FESTIVAL (EPIC TALE OF SUPERHEROES)

    Legazpi City, Albay

    October 1-31

  • UNOD FESTIVAL

    Castilla, Sorsogon

    October 1-7

  • MAMBULAWAN FESTIVAL

    Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte

    October 1-7

  • PARAU FESTIVAL

    Pilar, Sorsogon

    October 1-12

  • RAHUGAN FESTIVAL

    Basud, Camarines Norte

    October 17-24

  • No events listed this month.
  • SOSOGON FESTIVAL

    Sorsogon City

    December 16