The cattle branding and farming that you see in places like the Kho-Ranch, Jadeco Farm and Crown B traces its roots to the Manila-Acapulco trade from the 16th to 19th centuries when cattle was imported from Mexico.

Visit during the Masbate Rodeo Festival (the annual National Rodeo Competition) to see cowboys and cowgirls do what they do best. But don’t get too excited. Leave the action to the professionals. In this dangerous sport, only the best try their skills inside the fenced arena.

Masbate isn’t just cowboy country. It’s also a melting pot of different cultures. Locals speak Minasbate — a mix of the Ilonggo, Cebuano, Bicolano and Hiligaynon dialects.