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.




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