Marinduque Brought Home 16 Gold Medals in MIMAROPA Sports Event

SportThis is a repost from**BOAC, Marinduque, Feb 29 (PIA) — About 190 delegates from different schools of the six municipalities of the province composed of coaches, players and supervisors joined this year’s Mimaropa Regional Athletic Association Meet (MRAAM).

The event was held at Sto. Nino de Romblon, Romblon on Feb. 17-21.

This is a project of the Department of Education (DepEd) to promote sports and sportsmanship to the youth, thus encouraging students to focus on their studies and sports and deviate from other activities that may affect their grades or performance in school.

It took weeks of diligent preparation and practice for the athlete delegates in their determination to bag the gold medals for the different events of the games. Marinduque Division Head Magdalen Lim said she was optimistic that the students will bring home pride and honor for the province.

Marinduque brought home 16 gold medals which include six for badminton, five of which were won by students from Malindig Institute of Sta.Cruz and one from Marinduque National High School. Three of the golds are for Taekwando, three for table tennis, two for table tennis, one for arnis-bantam weight, and one for arnis.

There were also 13 silver medals won for badminton, taekwando, and arnis; and 30 bronze medals for the same events and the other events like boxing, hurdle 110m, 5000m run and sepak takraw.

DepEd officials and the provincial government of Marinduque expressed pride for the winners and commended them for a job well done. (LBR/MNL-PIA4B, Marinduque)

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Feel the Love at Chateau Du Mer Beach Resort

Chateau Du Mer Beach Resort

Looking for a Romantic Getaway? Visit Marinduque Island,Philippines and stay at Chateau Du Mer Beach Resort in Boac!! All you will hear is the sound of the waves and your heart beat. Love the tender ambiance of its environment. It is an experience you will never forget. Moreover, your Dollars/Euros will go a long way.

What to do:

Poctoy White Beach is about a 1.5 hours drive from the resort.  The slopes of  Mt. Malindig is a favorite spot for hiking and bird watching during the dry season. If you decide to hike, bring a lot of water and hire a local guide. Other activities popular to visitors are: snorkeling, sunset watching, and shopping for native handicrafts (nito and wood products). For visitors who love the outdoors, cave exploration (Bathala Caves) and walking, or jogging along the seashore from Amoingon to Balaring are recommended activities. Guests could also feast on adobo sa gata (chicken cooked in coconut milk), a spicy meat dish called “Kare-Kare”, and abundance of fresh seafoods and fruits.


Amoingon, town of Boac Marinduque, Philippines


For 1 to 2 Persons: 3,000 pesos per day
For 3 to 4 Persons: 4,000 pesos per day
For 4 adults and 2 children: 4,500 pesos per day
There will be a 10% discount for one week stay or longer.
** Subject to change depending on dollar to pesos exchange rate

Contact Information:

From US: 916-961-3365 or 916-390-6424
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Molbog Sulfur Spring

Molbog Sulfur Spring

Have you heard of a sulfur spring? Marinduque, one of the most attractive island in the Philippines has a different spring called Molbog Sulfur Spring. It is definitely one of the tourist spots which were visited by local and even foreign tourists located in Malbog, Buenavista, Marinduque. It is a hot spring at the base of the inactive volcano Mt. Malindig, with therapeutic and natural healing water. Two swimming pools with warm though slightly sulfuric waters are considered to be healing with medicinal properties. The sulfur spring is known to be a remedy for skin diseases.

Come and visit this unusual hot spring that could make you feel at ease!



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Dewey Hotel: A Wonderful Destination for Excurtionists

Dewey Hotel

Come and visit Dewey Hotel, one of the best hotels at Santa Cruz, Marinduque. Here you can celebrate your anniversaries, reunions, and different occasions and taste the best foods in town.

They offer air-conditioned and ventilated rooms; they also have coffee shop and restaurant, videoke bar and dancing hall, and function room.

If you want to see the real beauty of the town, this is the ideal hotel for you. It is found near Poctoy Beach Resort at Torrijos, Maniwaya Island and Bathala Cave.


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Ideal Family Destination: Ulong Beach in Mogpog

ulong beach              Ulong beach is just one of the many beaches there in Marinduque. If you want a perfect bonding with your family, this is an ideal place. It is found in Brgy. Capayang, Mogpog Marinduque. It is in the west views of Mindoro and Batangas. The lot has two nipa style huts and fresh water well. It has fences for privacy. The calm shallow water makes it more inviting to swim with your children.


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Poctoy White Beach: Boracay Version of Marinduque!

Poctoy White BeachAside from the famous Moriones Festival in Marinduque, it is also known as an alternative destination to Boracay and Palawan, as it is blessed with beautiful sand beaches. Also, Marinduqueños are known to be hospitable and friendly. Tourists are usually welcomed with a wide smile and a heart-warming custom called putong, it is a traditional song-and-dance ritual performed by local folks. This practice also means the crowning of a guest or an honorary with flowers or gaily-decorated crowns, it adds to the appeal of Marinduque to both local and foreign visitors.

Marinduque is an ideal place for beach lovers. The island is dotted with white sand beaches and relaxing islets which are perfect for water recreational activities such as windsurfing, diving and snorkeling. Poctoy White Beach is one-kilometer long with fine white sands, which is probably one of the best beaches in Marinduque! It is located at Torrijos, about 50 minutes drive from Boac and has an outstanding view of Mt. Malindig, coral reefs and clear water that is an ideal spot for snorkeling. You can also enjoy your food trip in the long line of eateries at the beach where you can have lots of food at a very affordable price.

Poctoy White Beach is just one of the best beaches in Marinduque. If you are a certified explorer, the Heart of the Philippines is a perfect getaway for you!


Bathala Caves: Perfect place for the adventurer like you!

Bathala CaveIf you love cave exploration, well I guess Sta. Cruz Marinduque must be the next place you should visit! There you will find one of their best natural attractions, the Caves of Bathala. You can trek down to the depth of those caves and bond with the friendly pythons.

The Caves of Bathala have eight different caves, known as Church Cave, Secret Cave, Python Cave, Cemetery Cave, Lihim Cave, Underground Cave, River Cave and Kay Mendez Cave. Some of those caves were not yet been explored.


Bathala Cave

Church Cave

–       The biggest cave, big enough for 100 people,  also called Kuweba ng Simbahan. It was used for worship and believed to be the home of Amang Bathala, the Supreme God of Tagalogs, the indigenous inhabitants of the Philippines.

Python Cave

–       Named as Python Cave because it is guarded by numerous living pythons. But not like what we knew about this kind of snakes, that are normally aggressive and dangerous, those that can be found at the cave are not harmful. They are said to have never harmed anyone. Visitors even take pictures as close as 35cm. The locals explain this with the fact that the snakes are the pets of Bathala. Strange, isn’t it?

Cemetery Cave

–       This cave was used as a burial site. Excavations revealed earthen jars, china jars, coffin fragments and human relics, including 13 skulls. The excavation was carried out by the French archaeologist Alfred Marche.


So what are you waiting for? Come and explore the beauty of the place considered as the heart of the Philippines! Be one of the witnesses of the extraordinary sceneries of Marinduque!





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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Marinduque: The Heart of the Philippines


The island province is sometimes called the Heart of the Philippines, because of its shape and location. An island province of the Philippines located in the MIMAROPA region in Luzon. Boac is its capital. It is in between of Tayabas Bay to the north and Sibuyan Sea to the south. It is south and west of Quezon, east of Mindoro, and north of Romblon.


A heart-shaped island between Tayabas Bay in the north and Sibuyan Sea to the south; Mompong Pass separates it from the Bondoc Peninsula in Quezon City. Some of the smaller islands to the northeast are Polo Island, Maniwaya Island, and Mompong Island. Mt. Malindig (formerly called Mt. Marlanga) is the highest peak in Marinduque. It is a potentially active volcano with an elevation of 1,157 metres (3,796 ft).

Two major seasons are in the island; dry season from November to February, rainy season from June to October.


There’s this legend about how the island of Marinduque was formed. It is said that it is the consequence of a tragic love affair between two people namely Mariin and Gatduke. Mariin’s father did not support their affair and ordered Gatduke’s beheading. To escape from it, the couple sailed out to sea and chose to drown themselves than to be killed; this is how the island was formed according to legend.

Marinduque was part of Balayan province (now Batangas) during the Spanish and early American occupations, part of Mindoro in the 17th century and had been an independent province when the Americans arrived in 1901.

It has been the site of the Battle of Pulang Lupa during the Philippine-American war.

The island was also became a part of Tayabas.

When Act 2280 was passed by the Philippine Congress, it became a separate province on Feb.21, 1920.


The island province has six municipalities and 218 barangays.






Santa Cruz



Marinduqueños are very hospitable  and are very welcoming. To show these, they have their custom putong or tubong, or welcoming and honoring friends and visitors. The honoree (or honorees) are seated and crowned with flowers while local women dance and sing for them. They also throw coins and flower petals to have long life. Marinduqueños speak Tagalog and has a Tagalog origin.


The primary income of Marinduqueños is growing rice and coconuts. Handicrafts made from Marinduque are also exported to dıfferent parts of the world. They also have fishing as another important part of the economy. They used to have mining as their source of income until a mining accident (the Marcopper Mining Disaster occurred, resulting enormous damage to the people and the island.

Tourism also plays an important role to their economy especially during the lenten season. Some residents are now engaged in butterfly farming. Butterflies are being exported to countries in both Europe and the Americas. Locally, live butterflies are used in celebration on different occasions, such as birthdays, weddings, and some corporate events.