Marinduque is a heart-shaped island situated south of the island of Luzon. Considered as the smallest province in Southern Tagalog (Region IV-B), it is composed of six municipalities, namely Mogpog, Sta Cruz, Torrijos, Buenavista, Gasan and the capital town of Boac. One of the many tourist spots in the island is its 1927 provincial capitol building.
Located near Dr. Damian Reyes Memorial Hospital (Provincial Hospital) and Camp Maximo Abad, the capitol building features towering columns on its facade with stairs leading to the main entrance. Displayed at the upper part of it's facade are the seals of the six towns of the province.
Efforts have been initiated to the National Historical Institute to declare it a Historical or Heritage Site.
HOW TO GET THERE
BY LAND AND SEA – From Manila take a bus bound for Lucena City, Quezon. Tell the driver that you will be alighting at the port of Lucban. Fare is around P140-P160. If you are bound for the eastern side of the island, take a ferry bound for Sta. Cruz. If you are going to the western side of the island, take a ferry bound for Cawit port in Boac, fares should be around P350-500. Montenegro Shipping Lines has RORO ships that leaves Lucena port daily.
BY BUS (DIRECT ROUTE) – Jac Liner offers direct bus routes from their terminals in Kamias, Quezon City and Buendia, Pasay to Marinduque. Check out their website for more details.
BY AIR – Zest Air offers direct flights from Manila to Marinduque. Travel time is around 45 minutes.
This is part of my trip in Marinduque during the Moriones Festival 2011. To read other posts on Marinduque, check out the links below:
- Moriones Festival 2011 Experience (Teaser)
- Getting to Boac Marinduque on a Holy Week for the Moriones Festival
- Holy Thursday Senakulo at the Moriones Arena in Boac
- Good Friday Via Crusis on the Streets of Boac, the Highlight of the Moriones Festival
- Stations of the Cross at the Boac Cathedral
- A Close Encounter with the Morions
- Good Friday Procession
- Heritage Houses in Boac
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