Masbate Cityis located on the Island of Masbate (pronounced (mas bah ti), which is in the Bicol Region of the Philippines. The Province of Masbate is composed of 3 major islands, Masbate, Ticao ,and Burias. Masbate Island is boomerang shaped and easy to locate by looking directly in the center of the Philippine Islands. Masbate City is the largest city on the Island and geographically located on the North Central coast of the island. Thus, the city is on a small Peninsula which is located just east of Masbate Bay and creates a safe harbour and port.
The language of Masbate is Masbateno which is very close to illongo (spoken in Iloilo). English and Tagalog are also spoken and taught in all schools.
There are 30 Barangays (or villages) and a estimated population of over 250,000 (in 2008) in Masbate City which is the fastest growin city on the Island.
There are many hotels to choose from in the Masbate City area and the rates vary from P600 to P2000 per night. Please visit Masbate Hotels for a complete guide of hotels and accommodation. Most hotelshave their own restaurants and many are located near the water or beach.
|Montenegro Lines offers 4 trips per day by Fast Craft departing from Pilar / Sorsogon. It is a bit longer to take a bus to Sorsogon and then by Fast Craft but more economical. If you are departing from the Southern Philippines or Visayan region then consider taking Trans Asia Ferry from Cebu City that departs three days per week. As of now, there is still no available flight in Masbate to Manila or Manila to Masbate due to runway renovation in Masbate Airport. It is said that later this year will be the start of flying of Cebu Pacific Airlines.|