Because of its rolling hills, grazing lands and cattle ranches, the entire province of Masbate was declared as The Rodeo Capital of the Philippines. Through the initiative of the Rodeo Masbateño Inc (RMI), and with the support of the local government, the very first Rodeo Masbateño Festival was held in 1993. Now on its 20th year, this annual festival has become the top drawer for tourists in the province.
|Bulls used during the Rodeo National Finals in Masbate City|
|Cattle Lassoing & Wrestling on Foot is one of the events during the National Rodeo Finals 2013|
The Rodeo Academy will also have tourism facilities which can accommodate tourists who wish to experience the cowboy way of life. Once the Rodeo Academy is fully operational, Filipinos will have the opportunity to experience the Rodeo lifestyle at any day of the year.
|with Masbate Gov. Rizalina Lanete|
|with Judge Igmedio Camposano|
Masbate has been clouded by the negative image of being a killing field because of the election related violence in the province. This is what Judge Camposano has been fighting to eradicate through the initiatives of the Masbate Advocates for Peace (MAP) of which he is the President. He added, Just by coming here to Masbate, we see you (tourists) as heroes because you are a living proof that Masbate is a beautiful and safe place.
Masbate truly has a big tourism potential, with the Rodeo as it main tourism offering. Masbate, and its two other islands of Ticao and Burias, also takes pride in its many natural attractions such as beaches and waterfalls, and its rich marine biodiversity including manta rays and corals.