Moriones Festival is a Lenten festival in the province of Marinduque. It is considered as one of the most-attended festivals in the Philippines during lenten season. It starts from Palm Sunday until Easter Sunday with various activities happening in the different towns of Marinduque. One of the highlights of the festival is the "Via Crusis" held every Good Friday with a very dramatic (and sometimes scary...) re-enactment of the "Passion of Christ" along the streets of every town of Marinduque.
As a week-long festival, it is one of the major tourist drawers of Marinduque province. "Moriones" was coined from the word "morion," which literally means mask. During the festival, the scary and mighty Morions roam around the towns of Marinduque to showcase their colorful Roman centurion masks and costumes to the delight of the spectators attending the different events lined up during Moriones Festival.
If you're planning to witness the Moriones Festival 2016, you should plan your trip ahead. Every town in Marinduque has their own version of the festival. This 2016, Moriones Festival is set on March 20 to 27, 2016 (Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday). Be sure to save the dates of Moriones Festival 2016 and plan your trip ahead!
Moriones Festival 2016 Schedule of Events (Highlights)
HOLY WEDNESDAY (March 23, 2016)07:00 PM - Senakulo
MAUNDY THURSDAY (March 24, 2016)07:00 PM - Senakulo (The Last Supper)
GOOD FRIDAY (March 25, 2016)09:00 AM – Via Crucis (Way of the Cross Re-Enacted along the street of Boac)
05:00 PM – Good Friday Religious Procession
BLACK SATURDAY (March 26, 2016)07:00 PM – SENAKULO (The Beheading of Longhinus)
09:00 PM – Celebration of the Resurrection of Christ
- Blessing of Fire and Bonfire
EASTER SUNDAY (March 27, 2016)04:00 AM – SALUBONG ( ritual and dance celebrating the appearance of the Risen Christ before the Blessed Mother
09:00 AM – CHASE OF LONGHINUS (Day Version) and Morion Parade
10:00 AM – PUGUTAN SA ARAW NG LINGGO NG MULING PAGKABUHAY
Schedule is subject to change without prior notice.
How to Get to Marinduque from Manila
The most convenient way is to take advantage of JAC Liner's Marinduque Seat Reservation System. Jac Liner has trips to Marinduque from Manila which covers all the needed expenses ging to the province. Through this, you can reserve bus seats in advance through their system which covers total fare (bus fare, RORO ferry fare and terminal fee) from Manila and vice versa. With this system, you can choose your preferred seats and be assured of a comfortable and worry free travel to Marinduque during holy week. Fare is 830 pesos for Mogpog, Boac and Gasan; while it's 880 pesos for Buenavista, Torrijos and Sta. Cruz. Full payment must be made before reservation can be confirmed by JAC Liner. You may call JAC Liner Kamias at (02) 928-6140 for more details. Prices are subject to change without prior notice.
By Land and Sea
From Metro Manila, you may take a bus bound for Dalahican Port in Lucena City, Quezon. The standard fare is about 220.00 pesos and travel time is around 4-5 hours depending on road and traffic condition. Jam Liner, Lucena Lines and RRCG Bus Lines has daily trips from Metro Manila to Lucena City.
Alternatively, you can take a bus bound for Lucena City Grand terminal (220 pesos). From there, take a passenger jeepney or tricycle to Dalahican port. Fare is 10 pesos each.
Upon arrival in Dalahican Port, there are RORO vessels and ferries with regular trips to the island province of Marinduque. There are three RORO/Ferries bound for Marinduque's 3 main ports: Buyabod Port in the town of Sta. Cruz, Cawit Port in Boac and Balanacan Port in Mogpog. Fare is about 260 pesos and travel time is around 3-4 hours depending on sea condition and the type of vessel you took. Be sure to know which town you want to visit for the Moriones Festival 2016 to know which port or ferry you'll going to take.
IMPORTANT: Dalahican Port is open 24 hours. Expect it to be crowded with passengers during weekends and holy week due to the number of tourists and locals wanting to spend the long vacation in Marinduque. You can read my previous experience in Dalahican Port where we waited for 6 hours to take the ferry.
TIP: You may go to Marinduque as early as Holy Tuesday and leave on Black Saturday or Tuesday after Easter Sunday. These are the time that I think that the port has lesser passengers wanting to take the ferries.
Where to Stay in Marinduque?
Marinduque offers several affordable hotels, hostels, guest/pension houses, inns and resorts, most of them are located in the capital town of Boac. I have tried Happy Bunny (Barangay Mercado, Boac / (042) 332 2040) and Blue Sea Beach Resort (Brgy. Amoingon / (042) 332-1334) during my prvious travels in 2011. You may check them out!
Due to the festive season, it is highly suggested that you plan your Moriones Festival 2016 trip in advance. It is expected that accommodation are limited and expensive during the festival week. Book for your accommodation as early as now because accommodation facilities are expect tto be fully-booked during Moriones Festival 2016.
ALSO READ: HOTELS IN MARINDUQUE: Tahanan sa Isok and Other Hotels in Boac, Marinduque
Things To Do in Marinduque
The province of Marinduque offers a wide array of natural and man-made wonders that you shouldn't miss when visiting the province. Here are some of Marinduque's tourist spots, attractions and things to do and experience in the island that you can do before or after witnessing Moriones Festival 2016.
- Overnight Stay and Swimming on Maniwaya Island
- Spelunking at Bathala Caves (Python Cave and Church Cave)
- Swimming at Marinduque Hot Spring Resort
- Climb Mt. Malindig
- Visit Boac Cathedral and Boac Museum
- Visit Gasan Church
- Experience the "Putungan Tradition"
- Climb Tarug Peak and Cave
- Beach Bumming and Swimming at Poctoy Beach
- Trek to Battle of Pulang Lupa Historical Park
- Swimming at Paadjao Falls
- Visit Gasan Butterfly Garden
- Swim and Trek to Duyay Falls and Man-made Pool
- Spelunking at Bagumbungan Cave
- Island Hopping at Palad Sand Bar and Mongpong Island
- Swimming at Aroma Beach
- Swim at Kawa-kawa Falls
- Island Hopping on Tres Reyes Islands
Marinduque is a must-visit every Holy Week in the Philippines for their annual Moriones Festival! Come and visit the island of Marinduque and experience Moriones Festival 2016!
Moriones Festival 2011 and 2013 Posts
- Getting to Boac Marinduque on a Holy Week for the Moriones Festival
- Moriones Festival 2013 Via Crusis
- Holy Thursday Senakulo at the Moriones Arena in Boac
- Via Crusis on the Streets of Boac, the Highlight of the Moriones Festival
- Stations of the Cross at the Boac Cathedral
- Good Friday Procession
- A Close Encounter with the Morions
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