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‘Wild West’ Masbate’s pristine marine gems

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SHADE OF MANGROVE ‘PARASOL’.   Boys enjoy the shade of a mangrove species in the coastal waters of Puro-Sinalikway in Barangay Nursery in Masbate City. Mangroves serve as storm protection to coastal communities and as nurseries to many marine species. MARK ALVIC ESPLANA/INQUIRER SOUTHERN LUZON

There’s a way to tame the rowdy rodeo experience that Masbate is known for: Just add crystalline water, hectares of coral reefs and an islet paradise.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Masbate keeps rodeo hopes alive

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With both feet grounded on the small view deck put up at the rodeo arena in Masbate City, Leo Gozum scanned the rectangle of dusty soil where local cowboys would be competing for the glory of victory in this year’s Rodeo Masbateño.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Sunflowers bloom in Ligao

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SUNFLOWER DANCERS Clad in colorful costumes, street dancers perform during the first Sunflower Festival in Ligao City in Albay. MARK ALVIC ESPLANA

Once a farming town, Ligao in Albay province launched its first “Sunflower” Festival to commemorate 13 years of cityhood.

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

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Health Secretary Enrique Ona on Monday expressed optimism that government hospitals will become self-sustaining as the Aquino administration pushes for more Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) enrollments particularly for the poorest of the poor.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Quakes jolt Bicol provinces

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Residents of Masbate City was jolted by an earthquake Thursday evening, the Philippine National Police (PNP) in the island-province said.

Posted: December 28th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Arms cache seized

Soldiers and policemen seized what officials said was an arms cache consisting of 13 guns, bullets and explosives in a remote village in Masbate City.

Posted: December 19th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Magnitude 2.7 quake rocks Masbate

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Residents of Masbate province felt an earthquake early Saturday evening, the Philippine National Police in the island province said.

Posted: December 2nd, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Masbate first to name road after Robredo

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The naming frenzy has only just begun. Soon the 3-kilometer boulevard that cuts across four populous villages and overlooks the Masbate Pass, where the plane carrying Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo crashed last Saturday, will be named Jesse M. Robredo Boulevard, Masbate City Mayor Socrates Tuason said on Friday.

Posted: August 26th, 2012 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Masbate seaside boulevard to be renamed after Robredo

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The Late Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo

Soon the three-kilometer boulevard that cuts across four populous villages and overlooks the Masbate Pass, where the plane carrying Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo crashed on August 16, will be known as Jesse M. Robredo Boulevard, Masbate City Mayor Socrates Tuason said on Friday.

Posted: August 25th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Robredo’s flight companions identified

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Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo. INQUIRER file photo

Interior Secretary Jessie Robredo was on board a six-seater Piper Seneca with three others when the plane crashed in waters off Masbate late Saturday afternoon.

Posted: August 18th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Employee slain in Masbate

Four unidentified gunmen shot dead an employee of a power firm and wounded two others Tuesday evening in Barangay Estampar in Cataingan town, 60 kilometers southeast of Masbate City.

Posted: May 11th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

No guns allowed in Masbate City until April 14 for rodeo festival

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Don’t carry your gun in the Philippine “wild west” from April 9 to 14.

Posted: April 11th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Water supply back in Masbate City

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The water supply in Masbate City returned to normal after the main pipe of the Masbate-Mobo Water District (MMWD) that was busted by the magnitude 5.2 earthquake that rocked the city on Monday was fully repaired.

Posted: March 11th, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

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