Ticao Island

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Ticao is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates 12°31′45″N 123°41′53″E / 12.52917°N 123.69806°E / 12.52917; 123.69806Coordinates: 12°31′45″N 123°41′53″E / 12.52917°N 123.69806°E / 12.52917; 123.69806
Adjacent bodies of water
Area 334 km2 (129 sq mi)
Highest elevation 490 m (1,610 ft)
Region Bicol Region
Province Masbate
Population 95,129 (as of 2015)
Ethnic groups

Ticao Island, is an island with a total land area of (334 km2 or 129 sq mi) is one of the three major islands of Masbate province in the Philippines. It is separated from the Bicol Peninsula by the Ticao Pass. The other two major islands are Masbate Island (3,290 km2 or 1,270 sq mi) and Burias Island (424 km2 or 164 sq mi).[1]

The island is divided into the municipalities of Batuan, Monreal, San Fernando and its mother-town, San Jacinto.

San Miguel Island is located "just off the northern tip" of Ticao Island.[2]

Archaeological and Ecological Landscape and Seascape of Ticao[edit]

Ticao island is known as an archaeological landscape, possessing thousands of pre-colonial artifacts such as the Baybayin-inscripted Rizal Stone, Ticao gold spike teeth, Burial jars of varrying designs and sizes, jade beads, human face rock statues, and the Ticao petrographs. Much of the homes in Ticao island use these archaeological finds to design their interiors. The island is also an ecological frontier for the conservation of manta rays. The island also possesses a 'rare subspecies' of Visayan warty pig, that is almost near extinction.


  1. ^ Ticao Island - Lonely Planet
  2. ^ Rowthorn, C.; Bloom, G. (2006). Philippines. City guide. Lonely Planet. p. 347. ISBN 978-1-74104-289-4.