He mentioned that in a place called Masbat there were plenty of gold mines.Other later documents such as Artieda‟s Relacion (1573) and Andres de Mirandaola‟s letter (1574) refer to a place called Masbat or Masbad.It wasn‟t until 1582 that Miguel de Loarca wrote about a place called Masbate.In the same year that the Augustinian Fray de Rada wrote about Masbat‟s gold mines, his fellow Augustinian Fray Alonzo Jimenez landed in Burias and baptized its chieftain Buaya.
In 1605, Masbate was officially an Augustinian Mission and its first prior was Fray Francisco Guerrero.
Exquisite goldwork represents an old Philippine wealth in both an economic and an artistic sense: all sorts of wrought or molded ornaments and jewelry demonstrate both the availability of the raw material and the skill of the artisan – finger rings, earrings, head-bands, pendants and pectoral ornaments, heavy chains with interlocking serrated edges, light filigree work, delicate necklaces of fine twisted wires, 12-millimeter beads composed of 184 separate granules soldered together, thin hammered sheets for decorating grosser objects like earplugs or the visages of corpses, and a charming little snail of unknown use.
Productive mines in Benguet, Butuan, Masbate, and Paracale were in operation and gold being panned in riverbeds all over the archipelago when the Spaniards arrived.
) 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.