-The Security Guard of Hotel Sea-Blick tells a lot of locals living in Nursery Street offer boat rides to and from the Reef
-In the Nursery Street searching, a local tricycle driver introduced Mr. Marlon Seranno
-Mr. Seranno works as a tourism officer at Masbate City Hall
-He arranged a boat for Buntod Reef and a tricycle ride to Pawa Mangrove
-Year 2011: the boat to and from Buntod is Php500 operated by Aaron
-Year 2011: the tricycle to Pawa Mangrove is Php100 (one way)
-Aaron, the boatman tells Buntod Reef submerges into water during late afternoon
-The City Mayor assigned a Buntod Reef Officer stationed on the island to facilitate the needs of the tourists as well as keeping the safety in the island
-The island (sand bar) has a nipa-hut cottage on stilts
-It serves as a cottage for visitors wishing to do picnics
-In the cottage are cooking areas, t&b and a dining area with an excellent view of the sea
-The island also offers floating balsa (raft made of bamboo) with a shed and table and chairs
-It is said to be the only rodeo show in Asia
-Masbate's festival is called Rodeo Filipino or Rodeo Masbateno held once a year
-Mind to do some researches when the festival will be exactly celebrated before heading to Masbate
-Previous commercial banners of the festival showed different dates / months
-Year 2009 (Month of March); Year 2011 (Month of September), Masbate Website says it is in month of April
-Better to contact the tourism office of the City Government of Masbate for details
***Cattle raising is a major business industry of the province as well as a major source of livelihood
-Visit St. Anthony de Padua Cathedral
-The Diocese of Masbate was created on March 23, 1968
-Patron is St. Anthony of Padua (the Catholic patron saint of lost items, the poor and travelers)
-Was not able to see and take photos of the interior since it's closed the day of visit
-Lady vendor stationed outside said that the church had gone through some renovations recently
-Best practice when travelling is to buy a liter of mineral water / canned soda drinks to bring to your hotel since they are priced sky-high at the hotel
-Asked a local tricycle driver where to, he mentioned "to the MALL"
-Really surprised hearing there is a mall and really excited to see it
-Here comes the destination and think to saw the MALL, though not sure if it is where the driver pertains to
-NO JOKE; the mall is like a two 7-11 stores combined in size and it is the Masbate Mall
-The supermarket in the mall accepts credit card payments for a minimum purchase of Php100
-The mall is named LCC Supermarket and Department Store
-Many small booths inside sell easy-to-prepare food and a lottery outlet
-Department store is on the second level
-Nursery Street is the best place for a morning jog
-Most new and famous Masbate Hotels happen to be at or near Nursery
-Lots of locals and tourists are having their legs stretched at this very street every morning
-View is spectacular looking by the sea and mangroves along
-There are a lot of Buko (coconut) vendors around Masbate City
-For only Php20 per shell (Year 2011), refresh yourself with fresh juice after a long walk
-Vendor will scrape a portion of the coconut skin for you to use as a spoon to eat the coconut meat
Several net cafes have already opened in the city. However, one thing I find annoying is that these cafes are always full with noisy young students who are there only for the net games rather than do some research or study.
A long time time favorite breeze breathing hang out among the locals and the visitors alike. This is located within the city and can easily be reached by all means of transpo available in the city. This resort offers island hopping to the nearby Masbate fish sanctuary known as the Bontod Reef.
Bituon is our dialect for a star. So called because it faces an open space in the sky making it a good place for stargazing. However, this resort is a bit far from the city proper.
Cottages are available for overnighters.
Haya-hay means relax. This place is now the favorite among the weekenders, especially the working people because of its location. This resort is located within the city, along the shoreline of the city, and can be reached by a car or a tricycab. They come here to relax after a tiring week.
Cottages and other amenities are available for rent. Entrance fee is P20.00, cottages, P100.00.
-Across the Province Capitol building are fields for football games
-Better to visit the place late afternoon to catch a friendly match of the locals at the same time
-Exact location where the still was taken is at the port with small boats bound to Batuan (Ticao Island) from Masbate City
-During late afternoon, specially weekends, a lot of locals play football across the Masbate Capitol Building
-Come to see a friendly but very competitive match game
This is just to show you how our cathedral looks like after it has been renovated recently. See the altar's different architecture, it looks like a chinese inspired design.