Cowboys working in ranches in Masbate are for real, and a festival to pay tribute to the island-province’s cattle industry and its workers has become its brand to erase the stigma of political violence which has caught national attention.
“We are moving away from the ‘Wild, Wild West’ reputation due to political killings because violence is now vanishing, partly because of the rodeo that somehow unified us as a people,” said Rodeo Masbateño director Leo Gozum. Outsiders, he said, would now ask about the rodeo than the violence.
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