Moriones Festival is one of the oldest religious festivals in the Philippines. It is an annual event that is scheduled for the Holy Week in the island of Marinduque.The “Moriones” are men and women in costumes and masks replicating the garb of biblical Roman soldiers as interpreted by local folks. The Moriones or Moryonan tradition has inspired the creation of other festivals in the Philippines where cultural practices or folk history is turned into street festivals. Wikipedia
The Story Behind Moriones Festival
Marinduque’s Moriones Festival began in 1807 when Padre Dionsio Santiago, a Mogpog parish priest, organised a play based on the story of Longinus (or Longino), one of the Roman centurions assigned to execute Christ. A drop of Christ’s blood miraculously restored sight in Longinus’ blind right eye during the crucifixion. Longinus instantly proclaimed his faith, whereupon he was chased around town, captured and summarily beheaded. Lonely Planet
Moriones Festival 2019 Schedule of Activities
Activities are normally held during the Holy Week with the week-long festivities culminating with the Salubong on Easter Sunday. This 2019, it is expected to run from April 14 to 21 with Mass and other Religious activities filling the schedule.
The Via Crucis or the Way of the Cross on the Streets happens on Good Friday. This is followed by the Senakulo which depicts the beheading of Saint Longinus on Black Saturday. And lastly, the Salubong on Easter Sunday.
- Marinduque Province is composed of six (6) towns namely Mogpog, Sta. Cruz, Torrijos, Buenavista, Gasan, and Boac (the capital town). Take note that each town celebrates Moriones Festival; meaning festival can be watched in every town of the province.
- Given its schedule coinciding with the Holy Week, it is expected that there will be an influx of tourists traveling so it is advisable to book tickets and hotel accommodation earlier to avoid any unforeseen circumstances.
- Bring enough cash- automated teller machines (ATM), located mostly in the town proper, are usually out of cash due to bulk cash transactions and long holiday.
- Don’t forget to bring your camera! Moriones Festival is one of the most colorful religious festivals in the Philippines.
How to get there
Option No. 1 ( Manila – Marinduque )
Ride a bus from Cubao to Marinduque. Jac Liner offers a daily trips.
Option No. 2 ( Manila – Dalahican Port Lucena – Balanacan Port Marinduque )
- Ride a bus from Cubao or Buendia (near LRT station) en route to Lucena Grand Terminal, Lucena.
- Take a jeep or tricycle to Dalahican Port.
- Ride a RORO(roll-on-roll-off) or fastcraft bound to Balanacan Port
- From Balanacan Port, numerous jeepneys are there bound to different municipalities
Option No. 3 ( Manila – Oriental Mindoro – Marinduque )
- Ride a bus from Cubao or Buendia to Batangas Port
- Buy a ticket bound to Calapan Pier (Fastcraft or RORO)
- From Calapan, ride a Van bound to Pinamalayan (PVANS)
- Take a tricycle to Pinamalayan Port
- Ride a large boat to Gasan Port, Marinduque (11:00am)
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