Moriones is derived from the word "Morion", which literally means "mask" or "visor". It refers to the colorfully costumed and masked centurions during the Passion of the Christ. Throughout the Moriones Festival, Morions can be seen roaming around the streets of the different towns of Marinduque as early as Holy Monday, looking for Longinus - a Roman centurion who was blind in one eye.
Morions join the yearly activities as "panata" or an act of penitence for the wrong doings they have done in the past. To others, it is a sign of gratitude or thanksgiving for all the blessings they have been receiving. A “panata” could last from seven to fourteen years and to some it could even last for as long as their physical strength would allow.
Who could resist these Morions in colorful and stunning costumes of Roman soldiers for some souvenir photos? We can’t! So, while killing some time after the Good Friday Via Crusis and before the Good Friday procession, we had some photo opportunities with the Morions.
Happened last April 21-23, 2011, here's a series of posts on this one of a kind Moriones Festival experience in Boac Marinduque, Philippines. Thanks to Ajel and Julius for letting me use some of their photos in this series.
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