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) is an island province in the Philippines located near the middle of the nation's archipelago. The province consists of three major islands: Masbate, Ticao and Burias.

Masbate is at the crossroads of two island groups: Visayas and Luzon. However, from a bio-geographic and sociolinguistic perspective, Masbate has a stronger affiliation/connection with Visayas.

The administration of Masbate was given back to the Mitra after the Recollects left Masbate in 1794.

All in all, over 60 Recollect missionaries were assigned in Masbate for a period of more than 100 years.

At this point, according to Cabrera, “the rapid currents require skillful pilot work.” The galleon was now in the open sea.