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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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In August, an emaciated pygmy sperm whale died in the town of Del Gallego, Camarines Sur province while a wounded pilot whale with ropes around it was found dead in the town of Batuan, Masbate province.
The Fazenda da Esperanza started out in Brazil about 30 years ago and runs a facility in Masbate province. It has a recovery program different from the usual modules of other rehabilitation centers, as it centers on community, work, and spirituality.
The reported case of meningococcemia has caused alarm among some residents in Masbate province, prompting them to buy face masks to avoid the spread of the disease.
Visiting competitors Danilo Atendido and Joebert Abad of Team LGU Dimasalang from Masbate province edged the rest of the pack to finish third.
At about the same time that the attack was carried out by NPA in Mindoro, several explosions occurred further south in Masbate province.
The deputy coast guard chief of Masbate province, said Saturday said all 22 crew members and 39 passengers were rescued after the ferry sank early Friday in calm waters off Burias island.
The crash also killed Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo, whose body was recovered Tuesday from the wreckage about 60 meters (200 feet) underwater off central Masbate province. A Nepali student co-pilot remains missing.
The bank has opened a representative office in Manila, and would also expand its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme to cover the poor communities in Pasay City and Masbate province. The opening of the new office is expected to provide the bank with the necessary thrust to expand in Asia.
Carmela left Masbate Province on Wednesday evening for Lucena.
2) after he and another assailant shot and wounded a village chief and another official in the town of Placer, Masbate province.
CAMP OLA, Albay - A speed boat owned by the local government unit (LGU) of Balud town in Masbate province was wrecked and split into two pieces when a suspected improvised explosive device (IED) exploded around 10:50 p.m.