Moriones Festival, Marinduque

Marinduque is a small island 170 km away from Manila. It is a marvelous island with some pretty beaches, old churches, caves, butterfly farms and very friendly inhabitants.


The total land area is 95.000 hectares and is inhabited by about 200.000 people. Most of its inhabitants are into coconut farming or fishing.

Legendary stories narrate that the original name of the island was “Malindik” describing the gentle sloping terrain of the island’s highest mountain, Mt. Malindig. When the Spaniards came, they found it hard to pronounce the word so they called the island Marinduc. By common usage, Marinduc became Marinduque.

Try to plan your visit during Holy Week so that you are able to watch the unique Moriones Festival, an animated Easter tradition featuring masked men dressed like Roman soldiers. Marinduque has other interesting Lenten traditions too.

The story of the Moriones Festival goes back to 1807 when Padre Dionisio Santiago, parish priest of Mogpog, organized a group of players to re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
The staging of the play evolved around Longinius, the Roman Centurion, who was assigned to the execution of Christ on the Calvary. Upon the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, Longinus thrust a lance into the side of Christ and in so doing caused the precious blood to flow around whereupon a drop fell into Longinus’ blind eye and miraculously cured it.
Still later, Longinus, serving as one of the guards of Christ’s tomb, witnessed the Resurrection and rushed into town to spread the news.
Immediately, the Chief Priest and the Scribes hurried to have him silenced by bribing other soldiers to kill Longinus.
The story continues that Longinus gave up voluntarily and as he was being led away by his captors, he revealed how he was miraculously cured and how he, himself, had witnessed the Resurrection. As he was thus praising the Lord, one of the soldiers struck him with a sword and cut his head off.

During Holy Week the Moriones roam around in the streets of Boac, Mogpog and Gasan. They will also re-enact the beheading (pugutan) of Longinus


Where: 170 km from Manila. With a JAC-Liner bus you can go directly to Boac via the port of Dalahican. Ticket price: 480 pesos (includes your place on the ferry).
A nice hotel with friendly staff in Boac is Tahanan sa Isok. Tel: 042/3321231 (Reserve bus/boat/hotel well in advance if you want to go there during Holy Week).

My rating: 10/10
A charming little island near Manila. People are very friendly and helpful. Nice beaches, old churches, caves and small islands to explore.
Moriones Festival during Holy Week is fun and unique!

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  • Dr Roby

    Mabuhay tayong Marinduqueno, I was born and raised in Boac. I am a true native of Marinduque. go for it …..MARINDUQUE ON MY MIND. A heart shape island….wow

  • dennis

    ganda tlga s marinduke…subok n yan..lalo n sa bellarocca island resort and spa,formerly known as elepaNT ISLAND..kc dun me dati nagwork..high class prang nsa greece…i luv it..

  • tama kau guys yan ang province na pnka mganda sa pilipinas 4 me tlaga.._ lalo n sa tresreyes.: srap mg`swemming jan!
    “and thanks“ s mga ngsabing mbbait ang mga marinduqueno
    it is totoo tlga at mgalang pa!
    try nyo manuod ng streetdancing jan mmahanga kau sa galing..
    …> “and i`m proud to be a marinduquena”..^_^..

  • tama kau guys yan ang province na pnka mganda sa pilipinas 4 me tlaga.._ lalo n sa tresreyes.: srap mg`swemming jan!
    “and thanks“ s mga ngsabeng mbbait ang mga marinduqueno
    it is totoo tlga at mgalang pa!
    try nyo manuod ng streetdancing jan mmahanga kau sa galing..
    …> “and i`m proud to be a marinduquena”..^_^..

  • renato calvez

    ang ganda b tlga marinduque balak qo tlga puntahay yn at saka mganda tlga ung mga gurl dian mapuputi pa tested and proven qo na yn walang kukuntra namis qo 2loi ung gurl qo na tga sta cruz ipil cavezera hapi holiday to moreno family ingt elsa mhal qo muah

  • Hi Bell, thank you for your comment. The Beach House in Amoingon has already served clients from France, US and Canada and Manila the last couple of years. Drop by the beach house when you have a chance when we are in Marinduque. I am really proud of our island -so I kept blogging about. Cheers!

  • jemson

    cara please respect our culture…if you want to visit marinduque you should bite in the stone of our pier to make you safe in this province…d bga marinduqueños?un ung nsabi ntin s mga nabisita dito…hehehehehe..(MANDIN,NGANI)

  • julie

    ai nku ung mga walang alam jan sa marinduque wag magsalita ng kung anu ano…matuto kayong rumispeto ng cultura ng kapwa ninyo,lalo kn cara…ai ati!!!!wag daw!!!!!!!!hahaha…

  • Para qualquier fiesta, confeti, luminosos y globos son una manera sencilla de celebrar tus momentos fesitvales. Visitanos.

  • Bobbie

    when youare in Sta. Cruz, visi our newest hotel, oromismo hotel.
    call 6342-321-123 behind Sta. Cruz Municipal bldg.

    Visit your kababayan in Sampaloc, Manila, Majororo Fast food, laundry center and bar grill at 847 ibarra sampaloc, manila. Lutong bahay mura pa. close to Espana Rotonda or between espana and matimias.

  • miss ko na marinduque ay, matagal na nganing di ako naga-mahal na araw. it`s almost 21 yrs. but someday when i retire my job, i`ll stay to my homeland to the rest of my life. MABUHAY ang mga taga MARINDUQUE.

  • i simply describe marinduque as a PARADISE…….i am from laoag but my mother is from marinduque……i love u all people of marinduque

  • marinduque is a very nice place wherein people are very hospitable.i jst have a visit last week bcoz my lolo has jst past away. but for everybodys information this place is very very beautiful. i describe it as a little baguio. d mountains the trees very very nice…….i love this place try also to visit and i assure every1 u could have a very memorable trip in dis place……..i love u all people in marinduque…………

  • TAM

    There is no doubt that Marinduque is a paradise.

  • bell

    hi david katague…i’m from amoingon..i’ve seen ur resort…tnx for promoting d place…my one wish 4 d place..i hope someone, someday will lead d people 2 take care of it..the island/amoingon…2 keep it clean,…we don’t need it to be like boracay..just…a place where people can relax and enjoy nature’s beauty….and experience d life we had way back then…simple yet masaya…

  • Marinduque is calling you! http://marinduqueawaitsyou.blogspot.com

  • Marinduque is a great place for Summer and Tourist Destinations. check out http://www.visitmarinduque.com and have you say 😀

  • Mabuhay ang mArinduqueNO…..

  • Yanung ganda dito sa Marinduque, hamos baya kamo dito!!!

  • new website of oromismo hotel located at Sta. Cruz
    Call: 011-6342-321-2024 philippines

  • RIZA


  • There are a lots of new things happening in MDQ now.The latest is Zestair( formerly Asian Spirit) has resume air services from Manila 3 days in the week. I have created two blog sites that is devoted to things about Marinduque. If you are a proud Marinduqueno, these two blogs is a must read. The two sites are



    Happy Reading and let me know of your comments

  • Hi!!! I’m really proud I’m a Marinduquena girl. I am really proud of our culture especially celebrating Moriones festival. It strengthens my sense of Christianity. thanks for making this website… I’m going to use this for my persuasive speech in my class. I’ll entice them to go to our province with facts that you’re giving me.

  • bob

    Thanks for this site….. marinduque is really a nice place, nice beaches, culture and specially people…. I was born in santa cruz marinduque and given a chance I love to go back to that place put up farm (hehehe)and its been 15 years… that’s the problem to those who was not born and raise(Philippines) claiming to be Filipino but doest not know our culture and saying something that they don’t know…… I suggest you ask you parents and visit and stay for awhile or read a book for you to know something……….

  • My dream in the future is to see Marinduque as a tourist destination worldwide not only on Easter Week (Moriones Festival) but all year round to compete with Boracay Island. To achieve this goal, the highest priority will be to restore air transportation services from Manila. I have 2 couples guests France last Easter for one week. They enjoyed their stay at my resort (Chateau Du Mer, Amoingon, Boac ( http://www.chateaudumer.com) and plan to return next year. They enjoyed the Festival, the beaches , the hospitality of the Marinduquenos, but complained of the waiting in Lucena and the ferry ride. With air service, this will not be a problem.

  • aldretch

    i had spent my holyweek vacations in marinduque most of my collage days. i got a classmate who is native of mogpog. and men i had so much fun there, been to almost every tourist spots there, but mt. malinding was the best.. over looking that mighty mountain while lying on the fine sand of white beach.. ive even try to borrow a morion mask! wear it! and have a pic with the unmask morrion.

  • benilde3C-o8o9

    we’re having a street dance in our school that features famous festivals here in the Philippines. We were assigned to present our own moriones festival. sana mapalabas namin ng maaus, nope not maaus.. what i mean is GREAT, FABULOUS, eh basta maganda! :)) GO 3C!! let’s get it on!!!

  • Ric

    Been in Marinduque late last year, I really enjoyed my vacation there, nice beaches and nice weather. But i like to experience Moriones there.. can u give me tips on what other sights, food and festivals can i experience the next time i go there? Thanks!

  • maring



    Tel. 011-6342-321-2024

    Oromismo Hotel, located in the town of Sta. Cruz, is one of many newer/rehab buildings being constructed

    -In the heart of Downtown

    -Conveniently located in the heart of Downtown behind Sta. Cruz Municipal Building, and in front of Fire Department you will find the following tenants: D’Marge restaurant, Murillo clinic, Medical offices, Yanoo gifts/boutique shop and Hair groom Barbershop.

    -1st class hotel built in 2006, a 4 story cemented building dedicated to the people of Sta. Cruz

    -Large rooms and air-conditioned

    -Dependable and ample supply of Hot and Cold running water on premises

    -Dependable generator is on the premises in case of brownout (loss of power)

    -Hotel floors completely tiled

    -All accessories such as bed spreads, bed sheets, pillow/covers, and bathroom fixtures are all imported from the U.S.A.

    -Stores and Offices are available for rent

    -Clean – Exterior and exterior

    For reservation

    Call: 011-6342-321-2024

  • newest first class hotel ever built in Sta. Cruz,
    Marinduque.air conditioned,hot and cold water,dependable water supply and generator in case of loss of power. all accessories such bed sheets,pillows,faucets are imported from USA. NICE LOCATION AND SAFER PLACE-BEHIND STA. CRUZ,MUNICIPAL BLDG OR IN FRONT OF THE FIRE DEPT.

  • “kudos” nice post.. 🙂

  • linkle

    miss ko na marinduque.. tara na uwi na tayo!!!

  • vinz

    hi ganda tlga jan gusto makapunta jan kz tga jan bf ko name nya jun miras sana makapunnta na me jan,sbi tart ko ganda dw jan kso d2 me pasig me work ako pag free na me punta jan ako.kung sino nman gusto makipag txtmate sakin dis my cell number 09203824745

  • come and visit our newest hi tech hotel ever built in sta.cruz,marinduque. located right in the heart of downtown of sta.cruz, back of sta. cruz municipal bldg. hot and cold water with plenty of water. all plumbing fixtures are made of usa. OROMISMO HOTEL LOCATED IN THE OROMISMO898 bldg. where the tenants are dentist,medical doctor,gift shop,famous restaurant,beauty care clinic,etc. it is a brand 4 story brick building ever built in sta.cruz,marinduqueu. call for detail o042-321-1283 now.

  • Rusty

    Watch out for the reopening of Fantasy Island on December 2007 located @ bvsta Marinduque, a 6-star multi million hotel and resort.This would surely boost marinduque tourism as well the entry of fast/new shipping lines/vessels that would dock at cawit port in boac.See you guys in Marinduque!!!

  • maganda jan promise..

  • lana

    taga marinduque ako..
    maganda jan promise!

  • txt me be! my no . is 09108533213 im a boy ,17

  • i will visit this place! promise!

  • i lyk it!

  • daryl


  • willson mantala

    Hi Guys, Marinduque is a nice place let the other people to comment because they are free to do and say what they want. but, one thing i can say to Cara, go to our beloved province to experience a wonderful place where every body is helpful and good companion. Cara, I encourage you to visit Marinduque, try to respect other peoples cultures and traditions. TARA NA! BYAHE NA….

  • Regie

    I have a lot of memories in Marinduque. im glad that it’s now heading to realization that it could be a city that attracts more tourists and inventors. the colorful moriones festival is so fascinating that it still displayed the essence and meaning of lenten season. i hope that i could go back there and find my long lost heart taken by a marinduqueno….

  • bherna

    wow ganda tlga ng marinduque

  • nadinne

    I miss my hometown…..MARINDUQUE!!!

  • Mynard

    Thanks to Mr. Sidney Snoeck. We are hoping next year, nandito ka ulit s Marinduque to cover moriones festival..

  • josie

    tama ka bobie, this is also a place for posting what is new in our province of Marinduque. If it sounds good then this is good for us and to the visitors.
    Let us welcome our kababayan, Maline for telling us that there is a newest hotel being built at Sta. Cruz,Marinduque. I am proud of it and let us do something that will benefit Marinduque.

    I am very pour of being Marinduquenos. Mabuhay tayo,Marinduquenos!!!

  • mameejhy

    I’m very proud to be a native of Marinduque!

  • richard,kabayan natin sila at this is good for us and the rest who is reading this Marinduque nes. sinasabi lamang ang bagong hotel. hindi ka baga natutuwa noon. At least,nalalaman natin mayroon pala new hotel na built sa Sta. Cruz,Marinduque.
    Thanks for Maline for informing us and we will visit Marinduque with some of my office mates and we will see that hotel. It nice we see there is something new in our province of Marinduque.

    Mabuhay ang Marinduqueno.

  • richard

    heheh.nandito na naman c orooro at fengui
    this is not a place of add posting

  • Marinduque is not behind. See the newest hotel ever built Sta. Cruz,Marinduque. http://www.oromismohotel.com


  • rey

    Hello lily, kailan mo balak mag tour sa marinduque just email to me, I am from Boac Marinduque

  • I am from sta. cruz,marinduque. Our town is little different and we are going into city sooner. There are a lots of new and tall builgin being built. check the following website: http://www.oromismohotel.com or

    we have a plus and first class hotel built completely –
    4 story,oromismo hotel located in the heart of downton of sta. cruz. we have hote and cold shower,nice and clean and located right in the 3rd floor of the bldg,oromosmo898 bldg. you can see the view of the mountain of Sta. Cruz.

  • I am from sta. cruz,marinduque. Our town is little different and we are going into city sooner. There are a lots of new and tall builgin being built. check the following website: http://www.oromismohotel.com or www. maxpages.com/marinduque.

    we have a plus and first class hotel built completely –
    4 story,oromismo hotel located in the heart of downton of sta. cruz. we have hote and cold shower,nice and clean and located right in the 3rd floor of the bldg,oromosmo898 bldg. you can see the view of the mountain of Sta. Cruz.

  • cookie

    hey guys,,easy lang…wag nyo masyado paginitan si cara, I think there must be some explanations for her to understand the true essence of moriones and try to welcome her sa marinduque. once she had a glimpse of marinduque then you proved her wrong then you can kick her out. OUCH! by the way HI to my beloved Cardbank Mogpog employee,,Mahang i love you and thank you sa magandang bakasyon jan sa marinduque i like your place.

  • hi guys!!! dito marami morion.

  • HNMorilloJr

    I’m proud to be a Marinduqueño.

  • Hi Folks!…I’ve been away for 6 yrs already from my hometown Marinduque…Although, I’m in US, I’m very proud to be a Marinduquenos.I missed the days, celebrating the mahal araw in Marinduque. Hopefully, in 2 yrs time I could come and visit and share this 1 week celebration to my family who never had the chance to witness this “SENAKULO”..If ever that will happen, I’m pretty sure,I’ll be bringing with me my foreign friends and relatives…They will enjoy it absolutely!! congratulations sa lahat ng cast ng senakulo! I’m proud of you guys!

  • lily

    hello guys. i really wanna visit marinduque. may alam b pwede mag tour sa akin pag punta ko dun? thanks guys!

  • Jeff

    Sarap talaga sa marinduque. Matagal na ko hindi nakauwi dito almost 2 years na. Sarap ma meet yung old friends at syempre yung mga activity and places dito sa marinduque. After nitong holy week talagang parang relax na relax ako and ready na ulit akong bumalik sa work sa Manila. Thanks god talaga nagkaroon ako ng pagkakataon makauwi. About cara, hayaan na lang natin sya mga guys. anyway last year pa ung comment nya patawarin na lang natin sya. Baka nga nag visit na yun sa marinduque eh, this holy week. Guys malapit na raw mag bukas ang Elephant Island so big addition na naman ito sa marinduque. See you guys…

  • Mynard

    hi. i am the guy portraying Jesus Christ every holy week here in marinduque.. I am mynard peñafiel.. Sa ‘yo Cara, Sana pag-aralan mo muna ang mga sasabihin mo bago ka mag-post ng comment mo. Madaling sabihin ang mga salita, kahit sino ay maaring magwika ng ganyan, pero magpaka-tao ka sana. Magnilay-nilay ka sa sarili mo. Galangin sana natin ang kultura ng bawat isa.

  • lillady_06

    i came from marinduque, particularly from sta. cruz, so i really love this province..it is a beautiful and peaceful place..we are known for our good companionship on our visitors..we really want our visitors t0 enjoy our place..even if someday i’m going to leave philippines, my heart would stay specially on marinduque..i would still return on my hometown!!i love it..!!

  • Cara dear, your comment reeks of smelly ignorance. Could it be possible that your mind has been festering in red-neck culture? I pity youre kind of FLIPS (oh dear, what a term to call yourselves as this is what we call deranged people) who have no appreciation for the richness of Philippine culture..a culture richer and more interesting than the history of YOUR AMERICA, which , may i remind you is not your own :0 The marinduquenos would take one look at you and say, “ay ati!” hahahahaha

  • thea

    cara, you should visit the python cave in marinduque.
    pythons are waiting for sick flip like you

  • clariza

    cara, you are such a flip. and sick. how can you make a comment like that when you havent even seen it and obviously didnt understand what its all about. ?!#@. i bet you havent travelled, you are stucked with your nice secluded village in north america hence you have no respect for other people’s cultures and traditions. how pathetic!!!

  • catherine

    For the holy week, a friend and I will visit Marinduque and to hopefully finally watch the Moriones festival. I think it’s important that we keep our traditions alive. It’s sad to say that some Filipinos born abroad has very little knowledge or reverence for such traditions. Heck, they don’t even know that they ought to stand up for the “Lupang Hinirang” whenever and wherever it’s played. Congratulations also to the Marinduque Youth Volunteers Corps for promoting their province. We from Manila are eager to learn more about Marinduque. See you guys there!

  • ewolks

    tara na biyahe tayo sa Moriones Festival sa Marinduque

  • ewolks

    as a travel nurse, i recommend to my client to visit my hometown marinduque, this is a place where you can unwind and relax, so that nex day you wake up, you have gain strenght for day to come,

  • mark

    marinduque is one great destination! promise! it’s simple yet ecologically-diversified. it has nice beaches and promising mountains. it has beautiful falls and caves and most importantly… warm people.

  • ricky

    ariel, please check my posting…you are wrong..it is not me.

  • aizza

    thanks for featuring Marinduque!!! This is my humble hometown. Ganda talaga dito, very hospitable ng mga tao!!!

  • ricky

    ariel, bro please reread my previous posting..di yata ako yun… peace!!!!

  • orly

    thanks for featuring Marinduque.I just wish this island should be known for more not only with festivals but with its people and the numbers of beautiful beaches and places..

    visit the ULONG BEACH
    …….AND….. MANY…… MANY….MORE

  • _tObatz_

    thanx for publishing my hometown’s moriones festival in this site…to all the adventurers out there…
    i encourage you to visit marinduque……

    tara na..punta n kayo dine ngani baya….

  • ariel

    To this sick RICKY who said he’s a Flip born in North America, yeah your right!!you are indeed a flip. You don’t get the whole picture do you? Because you have a brain size of a pea. Don’t you ever dare go to the Philippines especially Marinduque – once I saw you there I’m gonna have your ass kicked real hard you wont’ able to get up. You’re doomed!You mo#%#%$#%$ bu#%#%#5# ass%#%3535#%$#%$#%$!!!



  • hannah

    Ooh…Moriones must be very cool!
    Thanks for publishing a site like this..it has been a great help to me…

  • melvin

    thanks to all for publishing this site but, hope that youll show the real morions which is “bulaklakan morion” coz my grandfather was one of the original person who started this in town of mogpog.

  • ricky

    culture and time is a part of life..sick people are those who have narrow minds and have no faith on what he can contribute for the goodness of the community…this culture is unique and i salute these people of marinduque for this contribution to mankind…i must visit the place before i die..

  • cara

    I am A Flip born in North America. I just want to say that this Moriones Festival is twisted and distorted. Who out of their right mind want’s to dress up like Jesus’ Murderer and then reinact what should be a Holy situation. Phillippines is too far from Jeruselem, no one there even wants to play the roll of the murderes of Jesus. This whole Moriones this is Sick!!!!

  • Thanks for featuring Marinduque and the Moriones Festival. I’m proud to be a Marinduqueño. 🙂