|Places to See|
- Cathedral of St. Anthony of Padua
- Villa Bayot, built in 1880, hosted Pres. Manuel L. Quezon, who was said to have danced the tango in its halls and slept in its finest bedroom, and Pres. Manuel A. Roxas in 1946. During the Japanese Occupation, it was used as a garrison. It also houses a Sto. Entierro, visited by devotees every Friday.
- Ubo Falls, locally known as “Little Pagsanjan Falls,” is a 30-min. ride from Masbate City.
- The 250-hectare Buntod Shoal Marine Sanctuary is a white sandbar located in the middle of sea waters between Brgys. Tugbo and Nursery.
- The Pawa Mangrove Ecosystem and Wildlife Park, at Brgy. Pawa, is ideal for birdwatching, fishing and picnics. It also has a 1.3-km. long wooden boardwalk connecting Brgy. Pawa and Sitio Daang Lungsod of Brgy. Usab.
- The 50-hectare Bugsayon Marine Sanctuary (Brgy. B. Titong)
- Lumbang Cave
- Mt. Carmel Grotto
- St. Anthony of Padua Seminary View Deck
- Tatoo Island, also called Minalayo Island, has a number of openings, of different sizes, leading to an underground lagoon which is the habitat of bats and sea snakes.
- Masbate was made into the provincial capital in 1946.
- It became a component city on August 16, 2000 by virtue of Republic Act No. 8807 and was approved by a plebiscite held on September 30.
The city is dry from March to June and rainy from September to February.
Masbate City, the center of trade activities in the province, is called the “Cattle Raising Capital of the Philippines.”
|Location and Topography|
This component city, unprepossessing provincial capital, commercial center and main port of entry to Masbate province, is located on a picturesque bay. It has rolling hills with numerous pasturelands and cattle ranches and is bounded by Masbate Pass on the north, Baleno on the northwest, Mobo on the southeast and Milagros on the south.
- Area (sq. kms.): 188
- Population (2010): 85,227
- No. of Barangays: 30
- Income Class: Third
- District: Second
- Zip Code: 5400
- Area Code: 056
|Where to Dine|
- Ampere’z Bar & Grill - Punta Nursery, Ibañez Blvd. (tel: 333-2331)
- Angeline’s Bar - Rosero St.
- Angelus Restaurant - Brgy. Kinamaligan
- Arma - Quezon St.
- Baywalk Garden Restaurant - Ibingay Blvd. (tel: 333-6648)
- Bulaluan Restaurant - Ibañez Blvd.
- CFT Restaurant - Cagba, Brgy. Tugbo
- Dreamland Restaurant - Brgy. Kinamaligan
- The airconditioned D’San Restaurant - Tara St. cor. Quezon St. (Filipino cuisine, tel: 333-2411)
- Eden’s Café - Airport Road (tel: 333-3634)
- Eden’s Plaza - Rosero St.
- The Executive Place - Brgy. Kinamaligan
- Jade House Restaurant - Quezon St.
- J-jigs Restaurant - Quezon St. (tel: 333-6303)
- Joe’s Pizza - Zurbito St. (tel: 333-2166)
- Jollibee - Quezon St. (tel: 333-6338-39)
- Jonas Snack House - Tara St.
- Julie’s Bakeshop - Zurbito St. (tel: 333-5694)
- La Concha Snackhouse - Quezon St. (tel: 333-2334)
- Lantau Restaurant - Ibañez Blvd.
- Lantau Videoke Bar - Ibingay Blvd. cor. Zurbito St.
- La Sophia - Ibañez St.
- Mama Mia - Ibañez St.
- Masbate Peking House - Zurbito St.
- Masbate Snack House - Domingo St. (Filipino cuisine, tel: 333-2428)
- Maui Bar - Kinamaligan St..
- Maxim’s Restaurant - Domingo St. (tel: 333-2243)
- Minian Restaurant - Osmeña St. (tel: 333-6886)
- Mister Donut - Quezon St. (tel: 333-6769 & 333-6206)
- Morning Dew Bar & Restaurant - Ibingay Blvd. (tel: 333-2331)
- Morning Seven - Ibingay Blvd.
- Nichioh Laser Disc - Tara St.
- Park ‘N Eat Fastfood - Ibañez Blvd. (tel: 333-3580)
- Pizza Italiano - Ibañez St.
- Port Zirteas Café - Mabini St. (cel: 0917-8384979)
- Punong Bar and Grille - Quezon St.
- Rancher’s Bar and Grill - Tara St.
- Rendezvous Bar - Punta Nursery, Ibingay Blvd.
- Roger Bistro Bar - Nursery St.
- Rooftop - Quezon St.
- St. Anthony’s Restaurant - St. Anthony Hotel, Quezon St. (tel: 333-2180)
- Sakura - Ibanez St.
- Shimmery Land - Ibañez Blvd.
- Snappy’s Snack House - Ibañez St.
- Sylvannas Restaurant - Rosero St. (tel: 333-2331)
- Tio Jose Bar & Grill - Ibañez St. (cel: 0920-5777621)
- Tita Baying’s Food Haus - Domingo St.
- West Wind Waters - Ibingay Blvd.
- Winvel’s Restaurant - Zurbito St. (tel: 333-2532 & 333-5814)
- Xiamen Restaurant - Ibañez St. (Chinese cuisine)
- Yellow Café - Ibañez St. (tel: 333-3216)
A floating restaurant also cruises Masbate Bay
|Where to Stay|
- Balay Valencia - Ibañez St. (tel: 333-6530)
- Baywalk Garden, along Ibingay Blvd. Ext., has a restaurant. Tel: 333-6648
- B. Titong Beach - Brgy. B. Titong
- Buntod Beach Resort
- C.P. Alburo's Lodging House
- Circle ‘E’ Hotel - Tugbo (tel: 333-3672)
- Crown Lodging House - Zurbito St.
- GV Hotel - Quezon St. (tel: 333-6844)
- Hemomoro Beach Resort
- J Jade Hotel, along Quezon St., has non-airconditioned single/double rooms with bath (PhP175-350) and airconditionedditioned single/double rooms with bath (PhP600-650). Tel: 333-2293.
- .L. Hotel
- Masbate Hotel, along Quezon St., has non-airconditioned single/double rooms (PhP150-300) and airconditioned single/double rooms (PhP350-500). Tel: 333-2184.
- MG Hotel - Punta Nursery (tel: 333-5614)
- Pulang Bato
- Rainbow Lodging House - Rosero St.
- Rancher’s Hotel, along Tara St., has non-airconditioned single/double rooms with common bath (PhP250) and airconditioned single/double rooms with common bath (PhP400-700). Tel: 333-3931.
- Red Rocks
- Rendezvous Hotel and Beach Resort, at Punta Nursery, has airconditioned single/double rooms with bath and TV (PhP750) and restaurant. Tel: 333-4751.
- Ricarte Beach Resort
- Rodieflor Lodge
- Ronnie’s Inn
- St. Anthony's Hotel, along Quezon St., has non-airconditioned single (PhP250) and double (PhP350) rooms with bath and airconditioned single (PhP350) and double (PhP500) rooms with bath and a restaurant. Tel: 333-2180.
- Sampaguita Tourist Inn, along Quezon St., has non-airconditioned single rooms (PhP100-200), non-airconditioned single/ double rooms with bath (PhP175-200) and airconditionedditioned single/ double rooms with bath (PhP350-550) and a restaurant. Tel: 333-4729.
- Sea Brick Hotel - Nursery (tel: 333-6911)
- Sunrise Lodging House
- Team Centrum Hotel - Danao St. (tel: 333-6672)
- Velasco Inn
- Village of Love Lodge
- West Wind Waters - Punta Nursery, Ibingay Blvd.
|How to Get There|
Destinations (Masbate City to:)
- Manila: (PAL Express, Fil-Asian Airways)
- Cebu City (Cebu): (Cebu Pacific Air)
Moises Espinosa Sr. Airport is located at Brgy. Crossing and has a 3,900 ft. long paved runway.
Airline Ticketing Offices:
- Zest Air - Masbate Airport Terminal Bldg., Airport Road (tel: 333-6012 and 333-3715, 333-3937
- Philippine Airlines - Moises Espinosa Airport (tel: 333-3234 and 333-2275)
Columbus, JB Bicol Express and Philtranco buses ply the 667-km. Manila-Bulan (Sorsogon) route where you can connect with ferries to Masbate City and boats to San Jacinto and San Fernando in Ticao Island. Within the province, buses and jeepneys connect Masbate City with the nearby towns of Mandaon and Cataingan (5 hrs.).
Sulpicio Lines and WG&A Superferry ships ply the Manila-Masbate City route. Big outrigger boats also ply the 3.5-hr. Masbate City-Bulan (Sorsogon) route.
Shipping Line Offices
- A.P. Madrigal Steamship Co. (MV Madrigal) - Pier
- M/V Gloria - Pier
- M/V Masbate 1 - Pier
- Sulpicio Lines - Pier (tel: 333-2476)
- Viva Love - Pier
- WG&A Superferry - Pier (tel: 333-2211 & 333-2373)
|Tourist Information Center|
- City Mayor’s Office - City Hall (tel: 333-5844 & 333-2504)
- City Tourism Office - City Planning Office (tel: 333-5608 & 333-5844)
- SP Committee on Tourism - (tel: 333-2869)
- April 11-14 (Rodeo Masbateno) - highlights Masbate's trademark cattle raising (It ranks second after Bukidnon) and starts with a rodeo parade on the town's main St. and ends with a grand celebration at the Rodeo Arena. Rodeo groups from all over the country join in calf and steer wrestling, load carrying, bull riding, calf lassoing, wood chopping, carambola, carera de sentas, barrel race and other cattle handling competitions.
- June 11-12 (Pagdayao Festival, St. Anthony of Padua) - Pagdayao means “the act of praising, honoring and thanksgiving.” In this festival of thanksgiving, the people glorify God for his countless blessings such as a bountiful harvest, good catch at sea, births, weddings and other occasions that calls for merriment.
- Allied Bank - Zurbito St.
- Chinabank - Zurbito St.
- Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) - Quezon St.
- Landbank - Quezon St.
- Metrobank - Tara St.
- Philippine National Bank (PNB) - Quezon St.
- Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) - Quezon St.
- United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB) - Quezon St.
- City Police - (tel: 333-5721, 166 & 170)
- Napolcom - (tel: 111)
- Provincial PNP Headquarters - Camp Bonny Serrano (tel: 333-3384)
- Corpuz Clinic & Hospital (10 beds) – Quezon St.
- City Health Clinic – (tel: 333-6402)
- De los Santos Medical Clinic – 32 Bagong Sirang St.
- Masbate Colleges Hospital – Rosario St. (tel: 333-5331)
- Masbate Doctors' Hospital (20 beds)- Rosero St. (tel: 333-2103)
- Masbate Family Medical Clinic
- Masbate Hosp. and Health Services Coop. - Danao St.
- Masbate Maternity & Child Health Clinic (10 beds) - Quezon St. cor. Nursery St. (tel: 333-5698 & 333-5318)
- Masbate Provincial Hospital (100 beds) - Hospital Rd. (tel: 333-2244)
- MMG Hospital – (tel: 333-5022)
- Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital (7 beds) – 14 Ibingay St. (tel: 333-2289)
- Polycare Clinic
- St. Anthony Hospital (40 beds) – Quezon St. (tel: 263-0715 & 333-2263)
- St. Martin de Porres Medical Clinic (10 beds) - Domingo St. (tel: 333-2386)
- St. Vincent Medical Hospital (10 beds) – Cagba (tel: 333-2375)
- San Juan Medical Clinic
- City Fire Department - (tel: 333-3203)
- Fire Volunteer Brigade (MFCCCI) - (tel: 333-2898)