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Rodeo Festival 2017 Experience in Masbate City

Rodeo Festival Masbate City Philippines

I am sure that once in our lives when we were a little kid, we dreamed of becoming a cowboy or a cowgirl in the Wild West wearing stylish boots and cowboy hat. And yes, I am one of them! That is why, I am so happy and delighted when the City Government of Masbate City through its Mayor, Hon. Rowena Tuazon personally invited us to join them in celebrating Rodeo Festival 2017. Finally, my dream of wearing a cowboy costume would now be a reality!

Rodeo Festival Masbate City Philippines

Coming from Manila, traveling to Masbate City is easy and comfortable. There are daily flights from Manila to Masbate City via Cebu Pacific Air and Philippine Airlines. Travel takes just about an hour.

This is not my first time in Masbate City. I was here several years ago when I did a solo backpacking trip in 2011. And I only have fond and good memories of the city. (You can read my experience here.)

Upon arrival at Masbate City Airport, we were welcomed by one of the staff of the Masbate City Tourism Office. The warm welcome by the Masbateños really made us feel "at home."

Yes, I'm finally back in Masbate City. And I am happy to see that there are so much developments in the city since I last visited it. There are now many fast food chains, commercial establishments, restaurants, and not to forget, a new airport.

Rodeo Masbateño Festival 2017


Rodeo Festival also called Rodeo Masbateño is an annual event in Masbate City that showcases the cattle and livestock industry in Masbate Province. It is a week-long celebration composed of events such as Rodeo National Championship, parades, trade fair, pageants, and a lot more!

Grand Rodeo Festival Parade


Our Rodeo Festival 2017 experience started on our 2nd day in the city. We watched the Grand Rodeo Festival Parade held along the major streets of Masbate City.

Rodeo Festival Masbate City Philippines

Rodeo Festival Masbate City Philippines

Rodeo Festival Masbate City Philippines

Rodeo Festival Masbate City Philippines

Rodeo Festival Masbate City Philippines

Rodeo Festival Masbate City Philippines

Festivals in Masbate City Philippines

Festivals in Masbate City Philippines

Festivals in Masbate City Philippines

Festivals in Masbate City Philippines

Festivals in Masbate City Philippines

Festivals in Masbate City Philippines

Festivals in Masbate City Philippines

Festivals in Masbate City Philippines

Festivals in Masbate City Philippines

Rodeo Masbateño Festival 2017 Opening


We then proceeded to the Rodeo Arena for the Rodeo Festival 2017 Opening Ceremonies which was attended by Masbate Governor Antonio Kho and Mayor Rowena Tuason of Masbate City. Special guests during the event were Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo and ABS-CBN's Ms. Charo Santos-Concio.

Rodeo Festival Opening Program
Me at Rodeo Arena

Rodeo Festival Opening Program
Ceremonial Lighting of the Torch

Rodeo Festival Opening Program
Inside Rodeo Arena in Masbate City

Rodeo Festival Opening Program
Mayor Tuason and some special guests

Rodeo Festival Opening Program
Mayor Rowena Tuason delivering her welcome speech

Rodeo Festival Opening Program
DOT Secretary Wanda Teo

Rodeo Festival Opening Program
ABS-CBN's Charo Santos-Concio

Rodeo Festival Opening Program
Mayor Tuason, Ms. Charo and Governor Kho

Rodeo National Finals 2017


We also got to witness several events of the Rodeo National Finals participated by professional and amateur rodeo clubs from around the Philippines.

Things to do in Masbate City

One of the events is the Casting Down where 4 members of each rodeo team will try to pin down a cow in the fastest possible time.

Things to do in Masbate City

Things to do in Masbate City

Another event is the Carambola where 2 cows will be chased and the cowboys will tie them down in the fastest possible time.

Things to do in Masbate City

Things to do in Masbate City

Here's a short video of the Rodeo events:



Cattle Run


One of my favorite events during the Rodeo Festival is the Cattle Run where cows were released on the streets and then chased by a group of locals and whichever team gets the cow, they'll get to keep it.

Masbate City Tourist Spots and Attractions

Masbate City Tourist Spots and Attractions

Masbate City Tourist Spots and Attractions

Here's a short video of the Cattle Run event:


Intense! Habulang baka! Hahaha! #RodeoFestival2017 Cattle Run! #RodeoMasbateño

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City Government's Night


We were also invited to the City Government's Night hosted by Mayor Tuason and the City Government of Masbate. It was a night full of fun, good food and entertainment.

Masbate City Tourist Spots and Attractions
with Chairman James Mark Terry Ridon and Mayor Owen Tuason

Special guests that night were Philippine Commission on Urban Poor Chairman James Mark Terry Ridon, Celebrities Kisses Delavin of Pinoy Big Brother, Rouge Band of Pilipinas Got Talent, and Sinon Loresca, the Philippines' King of Catwalk.

Masbate City Tourist Spots and Attractions

Masbate City Tourist Spots and Attractions

Masbate City Tourist Spots and Attractions

Masbate City Tourist Spots and Attractions

Masbate City Tourist Spots and Attractions

Masbate City Tourist Spots and Attractions

Masbate City Tourist Spots and Attractions

Masbate City Tourist Spots and Attractions

I also got to try Masbate City's Lechong Baka. Being the "Cattle Capital of the Philippines," Masbate's Lechong Baka is so good!

Litsong Baka Masbate

Truly, Rodeo Festival is one Philippine Festival you shouldn't miss! Be sure to include it on your travel bucket list!


Masbate City Mayor Rowena Tuason
with Masbate City Mayor Rowena Tuason

THANK YOU to the City of Masbate for inviting us to experience #RodeoFestival2017! It was a wonderful and memorable experience!
Thank you to Mayor Owen Tuason and to her brother Rey for personally inviting us. To Jaja, Darryl and to everyone in the tourism office of Masbate City for taking good care of us! And to the people of Masbate for the warm hospitality. We will forever cherish our time in this lovely city! MARAMING SALAMAT PO!

Masbate Rodeo Festival 2017

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1 comments :

TravelingMorion said...

Panalo yung litsong baka :)

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