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10 Facts About Moriones Festival + 2013 Schedule of Events and Activities

Get to know some facts about the infamous Moriones Festival in the inserted infographics. This is among the most important events in the province so take a peek.

For those who want to witness this year’s events and activities of the Moriones Festival, you can check the schedule below from March 24-31, 2013.

Moriones Festival - 10 Facts

Moriones Festival - 10 Facts

05:00 am – Holy Mass
06:30 am – Holy Mass
07:00 am – Blessing of Palms
– Hosanahan & Procession (a celebration of Christs Entry to Jerusalem)
08:00 am – Holy Mass
03:00 pm – Holy Mass
04:00 pm – General Station of the Cross

05:30 am – Holy Mass
07:00 am – Participation in the GRAND PARADE
08:00 am – Pilgrimage
– Registration of all Morions
10:00 am – Opening of LEGIONS PHOTO EXHIBIT
10:00 am – Opening of the Marinduque Moriones Festival Trade Expo
03:00 pm – Moriones Parade Around the town
06:30 pm – Morions Torch Parade (MISTAH)
07:00 pm – mass & Installation of New MISTAH Members

04:00 am – Pagbasa ng Pasyon sa mga Barangay ng Boac
05:30 am – Holy Mass
07:00 am – Pagbasa ng Pasyon
08:00 am – Registration of Morions
– Visita Iglesia to 7 Parachial Churches in the Province
09:00 am – Morion Parade
04:00 pm – Morion Parade

05:30 am – Holy Mass
08:00 am – Participation in the GRAND PARADE / Community Parade of Costumes
10:00 am – Maskara Mo, Kulayan Mo
03:00 pm – Sacrament of Confession
– Morion Parade
04:00 pm – Holy Mass
05:00 pm – Religious Procession
07:00 pm – SENAKULO

05:00 am – Holy Mass
08:00 am – Chrism Mass / Morion Parade / Battle of the Morions
10:00 am – Maskara Mo, Kulayan Mo
03:00 pm – Morion Parade
05:00 pm – Celebration of the Last Supper & Washing of Apostles Feet
06:00 pm – Start of Vigil at the Blessed Sacrament
07:00 pm – SENAKULO (The Last Supper)

09:00 am – Via Crucis (Way of the Cross Re-Enacted along the street of Boac)
10:00 am – Maskara Mo, Kulayan Mo
01:00 pm – The Seven last Words
03:00 pm – Celebration of the Passion of Christ
04:00 pm – Veneration of the Holy Cross
05:00 pm – Religious Procession

08:00 am – Survival KAbugsakan
09:00 am – Morion Parade
10:00 am-Maskara Mo, Kulayan Mo
03:00 pm – Morion Parade ( All Morion Groups)
07:00 pm – SENAKULO (The Beheading of Longhinus)
08:00 pm – Torch Parade
09:00 pm – Celebration of the Resurrection of Christ
– Blessing of Fire and Bonfire

04:00 am – SALUBONG ( ritual and dance celebrating the appearance of the Risen Christ before the Blessed Mother
05:00 am – Holy Mass
06:30 am – Holy Mass
08:00 am – Holy Mass
09:00 am – CHASE OF LONGHINUS (Day Version) and Morion Parade

Boy Perstaym Biggel:Son of Marinduque


Joseph Emil “Biggel” Biggel is a 19-year-old FilipinoGerman from Marinduque. Together with his sister, Biggel was raised by his grandparents. To support his sister’s dream of attending college, he entered several jobs including fishing, farming and being a make-up artist in a mortuary. He was named the third Big Placer on Day 155 of Pinoy Big Brother Unlimited housemates.


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Marinduque’s Pride: Moriones Festival

Moriones Festival in Marinduque


The Moriones fetival also plays a prominent role in Marinduque’s culture. Marinduque is famous for this annual Moriones festival locally known as “Moryonan”. During the month of March or April, parades and celebrations can be seen on the streets. In Santa Cruz, Gasan, Boac, and Mogpog, a parade of people dressed as “Moryons” can be seen on the main road connecting the towns of the island. Boac  and Sta.Cruz, the biggest towns in the province, shows a reenactment in the evening of the actual event when Longinus, a blind soldier, punctures Jesus with his spear and blood droplets from the wound restores Longinus’ sight.


The Moriones is an annual festival held on Holy Week on the island of Marinduque, Philippines. 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.

colorful festivals celebrated on the island of Marinduque and the Philippines. Morion means “mask” or “visor,” a part of the medieval Roman armor which covers the face. Moriones, on the other hand, refers to the masked and costumed penitents who march around the town for seven days searching for Longinus. Morions roam the streets in town from Holy Monday to Easter Sunday scaring the kids, or engaging in antics or surprises to draw attention. This is a folk-religious festival that re-enacts the story of Saint Longinus, a Roman centurion who was blind in one eye. The festival is characterized by colorful Roman costumes, painted masks and helmets, and brightly colored tunics. The towns of Boac, Gasan, Santa Cruz, Buenavista and Mogpog in the island of Marinduque become one gigantic stage. The observances form part of the Lenten celebrations of Marinduque. The various towns also hold the unique tradition of the pabasa or the recitation of Christ’s passion in verse. Then at three o’clock on Good Friday afternoon, the Santo Sepulcrio is observed, whereby old women exchange verses based on the Bible as they stand in wake of the dead Christ. One of the highlights of this festival is the Via Crusis. A re-enactment of the suffering of Christ on his way to the calvary. Men inflict suffering upon themselves by whipping their backs, carrying a wooden cross and sometimes even crucifixion. They see this act as their form of atonement for their sins. This weeklong celebration starts on Holy Monday and ends on Easter Sunday


The term “Moriones” was concocted by the media in the 60s, but local inhabitants have kept the original term, “Moryonan”. Many practitioners are farmers and fishermen who engage in this age-old tradition as a vow of penance or thanksgiving. Legend has it that Longinus pierced the side of the crucified Christ. The blood that spurted forth touched his blind eye and fully restored his sight. This miracle converted Longinus to Christianity and earned the ire of his fellow centurions. The re-enactment reaches its climax when Longinus is caught and beheaded.


In Valencia, Spain, there is a similar celebration called Festival de Moros y Cristianos (Moors and Christians Festival). It is almost certain that the word “Moriones” was derived from “Moros”. Another possible derivation is from the Spanish word “murió” (root:morir) meaning death. The origin of the festival is traced to Mogpog and the year 1807 when the parish priest of said town, Fr. Dionisio Santiago, organized it for the first time.

Moriones Festival in Marinduque


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Marinduque Day

It is celebrated every February 21st, yearly. This is through the Executive Order No. 2012-001 signed by Gov. Carmencita Reyes. It is an order institutionalizing the Kasaysayan ng Lahing Marinduqueño as an annual event in commemoration of the Founding Anniversary of the Province of Marinduque.





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Bila Bila Festival: Boaceños Sole Tribute to Butterflies


Do you love butterflies? If you are, then there is no wonder that you would crave to see the unusual celebration by the people of Marinduque called Bila Bila Festival (Butterfly Festival).

Bila Bila Festival

This festival is celebrated during the town fiesta (Dec.8) in Boac town, capital of Marinduque. The event features the life cycle of butterflies since butterfly farming is the town’s unique industry. Literally stated, a butterfly is a mainly day-flying insect which is essential to environment but for the Boaceños, butterfly is not just a simple creature of God but a symbol of hope. Aside from its natural role of enhancing the environment, butterfly has been their good source of income for numerous years.

During the festival, participants wear their vibrant and multi-colored costumes which entail flower petals and butterfly wings. This much-awaited colorful event includes street dancing that promotes the island province of Marinduque as the butterfly capital of the Philippines.

Unlike any other festivals which usually honor patron saints, Bila Bila festival is a unique way of paying tribute to butterflies that could be a big hit worldwide emphasizing the heart of Marinduquenos in giving importance to the said creature.


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Mogpog’s Kangga Festival: An Alluring Thanksgiving

Kangga Festival

During the month of May, the agricultural town of Mogpog in Marinduque celebrates their thanksgiving festival for their annual harvests in honor of their patron saint, San Isidro Labrador. The aim of this festival is to pay tribute to the saint and to the farmers who made a solemn effort on their land for numerous months. Kangga Festival was implemented by the local government which is celebrated annually to correspond with San Isidro Labrador’s feast day of May 13.

“Kangga” in Marinduquenian Tagalog, is a sled made of bamboo usually carried by carabao. It is used by farmers to transport tools or harvests from their homes to the fields or to the market.

On the day of the festival, holy mass took place in the local church to give thanks to San Isidro Labrador followed by the display of various colorfully designed kanggas by farmers from different villages. A usual kangga displayed includes farmer’s tools such as the iron plow, scythe, coconut husker and other farm equipment. These kanggas are blessed by the parish priest to ensure good harvest in the next farming season. Then, the kanggas together with their owners who’s at the same time carry various food trays and baskets filled with their assorted farm harvests, paraded around the town to the tune of the brass band. There are also joyful street-dancing and cultural presentations which indeed add enjoyment to the festival. Moreover, the sights of beauty queens certainly give interest to celebrate. At the end of the parade, is the heavily decorated kangga of San Isidro Labrador which is the highlight of the event.

Kangga Festival

After the parade, farmers revealed their best and biggest produce in the contests made for them. There is also a racing competition, where farmer and his carabao join together to reach the finish line and claim their prize.

Among the festivals in the Philippines, this Kangga Festival is one of the most unique feasts proudly celebrated by Marinduquenios. It does not only give emphasis to their patron saint but also to the betterment of their lives through faith and perseverance.


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Celebrate the Heartwarming Festival Featuring Kalesa!

Kalesayahan Festival

Kalesayahan came from two Tagalog words, “kalesa”, meaning a local horse-drawn vehicle; and here comes another enticing celebration held in Marinduque, the Kalesayahan festival. Perceptibly, “kasayahan”, which stands for festivity. It has been successfully undertaken in the month of August every year coincide with the town’s celebration of its founding anniversary.

During the past decades, kalesas are the main vehicle of the townsfolk to transfer from one place to another. This festival is the unique way of Gasan town to generate interest from the public about this local transportation and to preserve the remaining ones. Featuring kalesas in town decorated merrily with native materials, carrying a young couple who were dressed up in their ‘Filipiniana’ attire, Kalesayahan is an appealing event bringing back the old times.

As the time changes, so the human is. But the folks of Gasan have an unfailing way of uplifting the traditional kalesa which shows their arrogance of being Filipinos.


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Butterfly By-Products of Marinduque, Sources of Income and Pride













Some  residents from the towns of Mogpog, Boac and Gasan in Marinduque are engaged in making handicrafts and souvenir items with the use of dried butterfly specimens. It serves as their additional source of livelihood. These items are being brought to  trade fairs, souvenir shops and most especially, tourists visiting the town admire these items.

One of the many that produce these butterfly by-products is Keisha Handicrafts located at Brgy. Ino, Mogpog, Marinduque.

It also shows how resourceful and artistic Marinduqueños are. With this, they have proven how creative they can be.

Aside from they are getting money from it, they are also having fun in making them.:)