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Masbate had about 250 tributes and 1000 Christian natives.In 1609, Fray Pedro de Arce, bishop-elect of Nueva Caceres, ceded the spiritual administration of Masbate to the Mitra (secular clergy).On May 28, 1682, bishop-elect Dominican Fray Andres Gonzales petitioned the King of Spain to revert some curacies of Nueva Caceres to the charge of religious communities.The petition was approved in 1685 and by 1687, the first Augustinian Recollect missionaries had sailed for the port of San Jacinto to begin the Recollect Mission in Masbate.By 1600, the Spaniards had developed Mobo as a galleon shipyard and San Jacinto as a strategic port.In 1605, Masbate was officially an Augustinian Mission and its first prior was Fray Francisco Guerrero.
Masbateño burial jars and a small pottery skull box found in caves dated to the beginning of the Christian era.
Archaeological records show that Batungan (in Mandaon) and Bagumbayan (in Palanas) were major settlement sites during the Bronze Age (4000-1000 BC).
The development of bronze metallurgy in South-East Asia coincided with an increasingly hierarchical society, firmly based on agricultural village settlements.
This baptism is said to be the very first baptism in Luzon.
Fray Jimenez also built a church in Burias before he sailed on to Ibalon in 1570.