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Masbate City

(4.5/5 based on 25 reviews for 2 attractions)
Things to do: nature, religious sites
Masbate City, officially the City of Masbate, is a fourth class city and capital of the province of Masbate in the Philippines. The only city in the province, it serves as the province's main commercial center and chief seaport. According to the 2010 census, the city has a population of 85,227 people.The city is more or less situated at the center of Masbate province and Masbate Island, about 212 aerial miles and 362 nautical miles from Manila. It is noted for its well-protected port with Ticao Island acting as barrier against the effects of inclement weather from the north-east. Being located at the central part of the Philippine archipelago, the city serves as Bicol Region's gateway to the Visayas and Mindanao. It is accessible through sea and air transportation.HistoryThe account that "Masbate" was coined after the words "masa" and "bate" remains anecdotal.Spanish colonial eraThe islands of Masbate, Ticao and Burias were explored by Captain Luis Enriquez de Guzman in 1569. This exploration work was continued by Captain Andres de Ibarra. Ibalon (Albay) Province assumed jurisdiction over Masbate Islands, and Masbate was named the town's capital village; for security reasons, the seat of government had to be moved time and time again. It was first moved to Mobo and then again, to Guiom. It was later transferred to Palanog near the mouth of Lumbang River to make it more accessible to Bicol mainland and to the islands of Burias and Ticao. However, government records were kept inland in Cagay.
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