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January 8th 2010
Published: January 11th 2010
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Gasang Gasang Festival. This is an Easter Sunday Festival held in Gasan town where the only commercial airport in Marinduque is located. This blogger was invited by the town's lady mayor in 2002 to help conceptualize a new daytime Easter festival for Gasan as it competed with the other towns in terms of attracting visitors during the Holy Week celebration. The Marinduque towns of Mogpog, Boac and Gasan draw the most tourists because of the unique Lenten rituals and practices observed here.

Gasan prides itself as the cultural nerve-center of Marinduque with good reason. It was in Gasan where the moriones tradition was discovered by local journalists in the 1960s. Prior to this there was no other account of any Philipine festival that is charaterized by the use of masks. Menfolk of the towns of Mogpog (where the tradition originated), Boac and Gasan don wooden masks during the Holy Week with attires similar to those worn by Roman soldiers.

On the streets they engage in mock enactment of the role played by Longinus and the Roman soldiers in the life of Jesus Christ. Longinus was the blind soldier who gave Christ the coup de grace when he pierced the Crucified Christ with a spear. Blood and water according to the legend gushed from His side and cured the blind Longinus of his ailment. He renounced his role as a soldier and preached the miracle of Christ. This caused his head to be cut off as punishment from the empire.

While the moriones practice continue to be popular, the bigger community population also welcomed an activity that they could take part in. Thus, the Gasang-Gasang Festival. Participants neeed not wear masks this time, but are required to wear headgear and costumes inspired by the moriones. Barangay contingents come in strong with costumes that make used of indigenous materials, with choreographed dancing in the streets.

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7th April 2010

alam nyo ba na ang gasang gasang festival sa gasan ay well known na kaya lng this year ompetition is ot so prestigious,,,,, parang pulika ka ang labanan........ madaming mas maganda, mas meaningful, mas ma colorful eh ang nanalo ay ewan ko ba..... parang culutural ang pinag labanan t di street dancing... yet yung mga judges no how to read the criteria kase tama ba na ang nanalo ay mga hubad .. yun na ang tamang pagdiwang sa pagkabuhay ni kristo??? sayang naman ang preparasyon ng ibang contingent kung di susunod sa criteriang pinalalabanan. tabi tabi po sa ga organizer.................sayag naman kase, galing pa kaming ibang lugar to watch, then di pala ganun ka strict sa ag guidelines.......... dami tuloy nag react about the result.........
8th April 2010

helllloooooooo GASAN.... i'm dennis basilan, fr. barcenaga naujan or. mindoro! ako po ang dating choreographer ng barangay masiga! grabe... wonderful experiences! imagine, fr. 2004 to 2009... anyway, salamat brgy.masiga! i love you... pero sana makapagturo po ako s ibang barangay pr maiba nman po.... saludo po ako s lahat ng committee ng gasang-gasang fest. kc well organize at talaga pong very smooth ang flow ng competition taon-taon! nakakaloka ang mga judges at ang prizes e talagang nakakaloka! go... to prof. rex asuncion and hon.joey boy luna, i solute booth of you for the success of the gasang-gasang festival! booth of you are amazing! salamat po s lahat... to mayor vicky lao lim, your the best po.... to hon liza lao lim, salamat po........ hanggang s muli po... it's me, dennis

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