Known to be the only Rodeo show in Asia, Masbate is gearing up for the Rodeo Masbateno 2012 which is happening April 9 – 14.
The Rodeo Masbateno Festival is a yearly celebration in the city of Masbate that features a colorful parade of horse riders, rodeo competitions, beauty pageant, barn dance show down, livestock news, agribusiness seminars and a country carnival.
The festival since its first celebration in 1993 has gained popularity among both local and international bull riders and cowboys. During the festivities, men and women in colorful cowboy outfits battle it out in different competition which include lassoing on foot and horseback wrestling, bull riding, bullwhipping, casting down and load carrying.
Rodeo Masbateno was originally conceived by MAKUSOG, an association of Masbate professional and business leaders, to pay tribute to the thousands of families who are directly and indirectly dependent on the local industry for a living.
This year, a new game is being introduced to add to its roster of activities. Called the Cattle Drive, the game showcases the traditional way of steering a heard of 30-50 cattle heads in a 3km stretch from Matungao to Rodeo Arena.
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The festivities will be kicked off with a Grand Horse Parade of 300 to 500 horses; the longest horse parade ever staged in the country.
The Rodeo festival has earned Masbate the title “Rodeo Capital of the Philippines;” a distinction that has greatly contributed to the province’s tourism industry.
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For more details on Masbate Rodeo, please visit Rodeo Masbateno.