Torrijos Beach Park
Located at the opposite side of the heart-shaped island of Marinduque with respect to the capital town Boac is the town of Torrijos. Beaches here are of white sands. Right at the town center's coast is the Torrijos Beach Park. When we stopped by the place for 30minutes, there were many children playing around on this well-manicured grass-covered park overlooking the calm waters of Sibuyan Sea.
There is a stair leading to the sea shore. We discovered a lot of multi-colored stones awashed by the shore that we chose and took some planning to make them as pendants.Related to:
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When anybody says Moriones, Marinduque is the 1st place that comes in the picture. Have not really experienced yet this major festival in this place but based on the numerous statues of Moriones soldiers we saw as we toured all over the island, the festival should be really really a major one.
At the Balanacan Seaport, the gateway to the island when travelling by sea, a complete set of lifesize statues depicting the festival is what welcomes the island's visitors. It should be more interesting then when they come alive on Holy Weeks. We are sure gonna be back to experience the real oneRelated to:
Our Lady of Good Voyage
A towering staue of the Virgin Mary stands atop a gazebo built on one of the islets at Balanacan Seaport, the major seaport of the island. The gazebo accessible by a bridge serves as awaiting area for well-wishers and passengers waiting for that ferry from Lucena in mainland Luzon to dock.
Boac Cathedral - "Visita Iglesia"
The Boac Cathedral stands at the top of a hill as seems guarding the whole of Boac. Built in the late 18th century in honor of the province patroness Blesssed Virgin of Biglang-awa, the cathedral's architecture is well-preserved.
This once served as a fortress and refuge from pirate attacks during the Spanish colonization years.Related to:
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It's 5 oclock in the afternoon. Grab a beer (and some more) and check a nice place by the sea with a good view of the horizon in the long stretch of Gasan town's shore facing west. Watch fishing boats passing by and children playfully enjoying the water. Till you get comfortably numb.
Gasan town is where most of the beach resorts in Marinduque are located. Got a night to spare? Check in one of the resorts.Related to:
The Moriones Festival
This is what Marinduque is all about...
It is probably the most festive Lenten celebration in the country...
The Moriones Festival which is held only on the Holy Week. It has become a tradition, they celebrate the passion of Christ and the highlight of this the story of the Roman Centurion named Longinus who after Christ was resurrected from the dead started believing in him and in the end be-headed because of the contradiction from his being a Roman Centurion and becoming a believer...
Anyway, the Festival is very colorful... Of course for the native people of Marinduque, is it with religious significance ( a sacrifice of some sort... for example to be a Centurion or Morion, one has to act, spend money for the clothes: these are done for free, etc)...
Since it has been going on for years (since 1970's) the "Morion" (the Centurions) aspirants are kids and they train to be one (like the little boy in the picture)...interesting.
BUT the most interesting part of my trip in Marinduque were the people. I never met so nice people in many places. They have limites facilities and capabilities to host tourism (in the most impressive-commercialized point of view) but they have the sincerity of a truly simple living people and with deeply rooted reliogiousity (like the Thais with Buddhism but in the Christian point of view)Related to:
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