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Moriones

A man displays his Moriones costume. During the Holy Week, people around Marinduque wear the costume as part of a reenactment of the story of Longinus, the Roman soldier who supposedly got healed after Jesus’ blood touched his blind eye.
Warm Welcome

March 23rd 2016
It all started with an invitation to see the Moriones. So for five days I find myself in the “Heart of the Philippines.” That’s what the residents of Marinduque call their province, a heart-shaped island separated from the coast of Quezon province by the Tayabas Bay, and is just about located in the center of the archipelago. Here, a 120-kilometer circumferential road snakes through sceni ... read more
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Philippine Flag The Philippine Islands became a Spanish colony during the 16th century; they were ceded to the US in 1898 following the Spanish-American War. In 1935 the Philippines became a self-governing commonwealth. Manuel QUEZON was elected President and was ta... ... read more
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28th April 2016

Magical Marinduqueño!
What a heart-warming visit! I love the friendliness of the people (on the heart-shaped island), and the attitude of your hosts and their commitment to "the cycle of service." If everyone did that, what a wonderful world it would be! How wonderful too, the Moriones and the unique Philippine traditions for Holy Week--so different from those in South America. Congratulation on making it out to beautiful Marinduqueno to see another part of your incredible country.
28th April 2016

Thanks! I agree. A lot, not all, but a lot can be solved by being more kind and having a more humble attitude. Yeah, Filipinos have a lot of unique ways of celebrating religious days. I would love to experience a festival in South America one day, though.

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