Masbate opens ranches to tourist cowboys

Posted at 01/08/14 7:52 PM

MANILA -- If you have always wanted to know what it feels like to live in a ranch among bulls, horses and cows, then head to Masbate as they open their gates for the cowboys and cowgirls at heart.

Seasoned cowboys of Masbate led by the Leo Gozum, president of VROOM, the technical arm of RMI for the annual Rodeo Festival in April

Rodeo Masbate, Inc (RMI), along with the local government and the Masbate Hotel, Resort, Restaurants and Tour Operators, has opened the gates to the province's ranches to allow tourists to live out their wild western dreams.

"The tours are for people who want to appreciate and experience the picturesque western remote setting as well as learn ranching and livestock handling skills," RMI president Judge Manuel Sese said.

Activities include learning horsemanship skills, gathering livestock from pastures, driving herds of cattle, branding cattle, mending fence and, if lucky, witnessing a cow give birth.

"The ranch is a different world. You will get to spend quality time with whoever you are with. It’s the perfect place to recharge and try out new activities," added Leo Gozum, president of Volunteer Rodeo Officials and Organizers of Masbate.

Learn about animal handling skills practiced by real-life cowboys and cowgirls of Masbate.

Aside from the ranch tours, Masbate is also home to the annual Rodeo Masbateño held every April, which features parades, bull riding and cattle wrestling.

The ranch tour is open to families, couples, groups and companies.

For inquiries, contact Tina Zafra at [email protected] or call (0949) 949 844 and (0927) 8266243.