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Masbate is an island province in the Philippines located near the middle of the nation’s archipelago. Its provincial capital is Masbate City. It has estimated population 892,393 and population density of 210 per km. It has 550 barangays and ranked as 29 level of most populated city province of the Philippines.

Masbate is at the crossroads of two island groups: Visayas and Luzon. It is politically part of Bicol Region in Luzon. Masbate is one of the oldest settlements in the Philippines. The province lies roughly at the center of the Philippine archipelago. It is bounded on the north by Burias 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 areas.

The province ranges from slightly undulating to rolling and from hilly to mountainous area. In each island, the rugged topography is concentrated in the northeastern portion and gradually receded to blunt hills and rolling areas in the south, southeasr, and southwest.

Masbate is endowed with rich natural resources, together with its agriculture and other industries such as large farming, livestock and poultry raising. Along its coastal areas, fishing industry predominates. Agricultural lands are planted with rice, corn, rootcrops and coconut.

Masbate ranks as second to Bukidnoon in terms of raising cattle. About 70% of these are sold to metro manila and other provinces in Luzon and Visayas. Farming is main source of Masbate livelihood.

Top list of best thing to do in Masbate are; Halea Nature Park, Jintotolo lighthouse, Palani, Bugui Point Lighthouse, Bat-ongan Cave, Cagpating and many others.

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