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 (mäs-bä′tē, -tĕ)
An island of the central Philippines south of Luzon. Its gold mines have been worked for centuries.
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1. (Placename) an island in the central Philippines, between Negros and SE Luzon: agricultural, with resources of gold, copper, and manganese. Pop (Masbate province): 707 668 (2000). Area: 4045 sq km (1562 sq miles)
2. (Placename) the capital of this island, a port in the northeast. Pop: 71 441 (2000)
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(mɑsˈbɑ ti)

one of the central islands of the Philippines. 584,520; 1262 sq. mi. (3269 sq. km).
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A magnitude 4.0 earthquake hit the province of Masbate on Monday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.
Masbate village exec shot dead !-- -- Emmanuel Tupas (The Philippine Star) - August 9, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines A barangay kagawad was gunned down in San Fernando, Masbate on Wednesday.
MASBATE CITY - The Provincial Health Office (PHO) in Masbate province issued a statement on Thursday afternoon, reiterating that there is still no confirmed case of meningococcemia in the province following reports and social media posts that there was a six-year-old girl who died at the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) on June 25, due to the rare infection.
The routes that received interest so far are: Batangas City - San Jose, Occidental Mindoro - Coron, Palawan; Lucena, Quezon - Odiongan, Romblon - Caticlan/New Washington; Lucena, Quezon - Romblon, Romblon; Lucena, Quezon - Masbate City-Calbayog, Northern Samar; Maasin, Southern Leyte - Ubay, Bohol; San Andres, Quezon - San Pascual, Masbate- Pasacai, Masbate; and Taytay, Palawan - Cuyo, Palawan.
Manila: A young priest left the Catholic Church last year, then he made his last will before he began campaigning this month for the gubernatorial post of Masbate, central Philippines, a hot spot in the elections, a local paper said.
At least 39 people, including three children, drowned Tuesday after a ferry with at least 119 people aboard capsized and sank off the coast of Masbate, an island province south of Manila, police said.
No travel and trade restrictions would be imposed on anyone because of a suspected case of meningococcemia, the Provincial Health Office (PHO) of Masbate said Thursday in a press release.
These flights were headed to and from Masbate and Basco, Batanes.
In a bid to promote science and technology in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA), the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), in cooperation with Department of Education (DepEd) will bring the Science Works exhibit of the Philippine Science Centrum to Masbate.
"Effective October 1, 2012, Fr Leo Casas is suspended of his ministerial functions, powers and duties as priest (after he filed his candidacy as governor of Masbate)," Bishop Jose Bantolo of Masbate said in a statement that was published by the Manila Standard.