Masbate: Bicol’s Underrated Getaway

Masbate has always been known as the cattle capital of the Philippines, its gently rolling hills providing an excellent setting for cattle ranching. In the 1990s, Masbateños launched an annual rodeo festival in Masbate City – the Rodeo Masbateño – and the event has been roping in tourists ever since. But cattle ranches and rodeos... Continue Reading →

Ticao Island, Masbate: Beyond Tourism

With its pristine beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters and amazing rock formations, Ticao Island in Masbate province, was quite a revelation. And even though we only had a limited amount of time to go around, we were still impressed with the beaches of bigger Masbate Island to the south. But exploring those locations was not... Continue Reading →

Buntod Reef and Sandbar… at Different Tides

In the Philippines, most of the fascinating nature destinations are usually located at considerable distances from the cities. Not so in Masbate province as we would soon find out during the second leg of our 8-day visit to Ticao and Masbate Islands. Our first encounter with Buntod Reef Marine Sanctuary and Sandbar was during our... Continue Reading →

Burubangkaso Island and Catandayagan Falls

As stunningly beautiful as Halea Nature Park is, it wasn’t the only remarkable natural feature on this side of the island of Ticao. Lying to the southwest is a small island featuring a collection of slab-like boulders looking like stack of books tilting to one side and a waterfall cascading down a rugged cliff into... Continue Reading →

Sombrero Island: Island-Hopping Finale

From our resort at Barangay Laurente in San Pascual town, it was the farthest of all three islands in our island-hopping tour. Sombrero Island is about an hour away from the port at San Pascual town. However it is almost two hours away from the first island on our itinerary – Animasola Island – situated... Continue Reading →

Tinalisayan Island: No Regrets

In the middle of a trip that requires a total of 7 vehicular transfers – a taxi ride starting from home, an 8-hour bus ride, a 2-hour ferry ride, 2 van rides and 2 transfers by trike – you come to a point when you begin to question the sheer absurdity of going through a... Continue Reading →

Animasola Island Rocks!

We’ve already seen it from a distance the day before, as our ferry made its way from Pasacao in Camarines Sur towards the port of San Pascual in Burias Island, Masbate. It looked like a massive piece of rock, almost featureless, from afar. But now, as our rented motorized outrigger neared Animasola Island on our... Continue Reading →

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