Moriones Festival is a unique and coloful festival celebrated yearly in the province of Marinduque. Morion means “mask” or “visor,” a part of the medieval Roman armor which covers the face.
This week-long celebration starts on Holy Monday and culminates on Easter Sunday when the story of Longinus is reenacted in pantomime. This is a folk-religious festival that re-enacts the story of Longinus, a Roman centurion who was blind in one eye.
April 5, 2009 – Palm Sunday
5:00 am – Holy Mass in all Parishes
6:30 am – “Hosanahan” (Procession in all town centers celebrating Christ’s entry to Jerusalem with articipants showing off their gaily decorated palaspas, palm fronds)
8:00 am – Palm Sunday Mass (all Parishes)
9:00 am – Opening of Gasan Agro-Industrial Trade Fair ’09, Guingona Park, Gasan
3:00 pm – “Estacion Heneral” (Makeshift altars mounted in front of selected houses in town centers serve as points where the Stations of the Cross are relived by the faithful). All parishes.
5:00 pm – “NIGHT MARKET” at the Coastal Park, Buenavista (Nightly barbeque and drinks with live band, mobile lights, videoke and souvenir shops). April 5-12 till midnight.
7:00 pm – “Night of Gospel Songs”, Guingona Park
April 6, 2009 – Holy Monday
7:45 am – Registration of Morions (By tradition morions register already dressed up at designated places in town centers), Boac, Gasan, Torrijos, Mogpog, Sta. Cruz.
8:00 am – “Community Parade of Costumes” (Boac Town Center. Public and private sector officials and employees in morion-inspired costumes or costumes of biblical chracters, turning the town center into a ‘small Jerusalem’. Similar activity of wearing kaftan and parade of morions are undertaken in Torrijos by the public and private sector from Holy Monday to Holy Wednesday. (April 6-8). In Sta. Cruz “Pabasa” is undertaken at the municipal lobby (April 6-9) In Buenavista, a “Lenten Parade” participated in by government sector and morions from 15 barangays.
10:00 am – Marinduque Moriones Festival Trade Expo ’09, Products from the MIMAROPA provinces of . Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan as well as Baguio City, Iloilo, NCR and others are exhibited/sold. April 6- 12), Moriones Park, Boac Riverbank
10:00 am – Parada ng Morion, (Moryons roam around the town in groups) April 6-10, Boac Poblacion
Pasyon Reading Contest (Apr. 6-10 til 4:00pm), Buenavista Poblacion
3:00 pm – Parada ng Morion, (Various morion groups), Poblacion, Boac Parada ng Morion, Poblacion, Gasan (April 6-10)
7:00 pm – Acoustic Bands (Nightly), Trade Exhibit Area, Morion Park, Boac Riverbank
7:30 pm – Film Showing (Movies on the Life of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Apr. 6-10), Guingona Park, Gasan
April 7, 2009 – Holy Tuesday
8:00 am – Marinduque Moriones Festival Trade Expo 09, Morion Park Boac Riverbank (April 6-12) Parade of Legion morion group, Boac Poblacion
9:00 am – Parade of Kapatirang Morion Group, Boac Poblacion. Morion Parade (participated in by Morions from 15 barangays). Buenavista Poblacion (Daily from Apr. 7-11)
Parade/Visita Iglesia of Legion Morion Group, St. Joseph Parish, Gasan Poblacion
10:00 am – Parade/Visita Iglesia of MISTAH Morion Group, Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Parish, Balanacan, Mogpog
1:30 pm – Parade/Visita Iglesia of Legion Morion Group, St. Isidore Labradot Parish, Mogpog
2:00 pm – Parade/Visita Iglesia of MISTAH Morion Group, St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Malabon, Sta. Cruz
3:00 pm – Parade/Visita Iglesia of MISTAH Morion Group, Holy Cross Parish, Sta. Cruz Poblacion
3:00 pm – Parade of Kapatirang Morion Group, Boac Poblacion, and Legion Morion Group
7:00 pm – Acoustic Bands (Nightly), Trade Exhibit Area, Morion Park, Boac Riverbank
April 8, 2009 – Holy Wednesday
4:00 am – “Pabasa ng Pasyon” (Traditional chanting of the poetic narrative on the Passion of Christ), Gasan Kiosko
8:00 am – Marinduque Moriones Festival Trade Expo 09, Morion Park, Boac Riverbank (April 6-12)
Parade in Samaritana Costume, Boac Poblacion Parade/ Visita Iglesia of MISTAH Group, St. Joseph Parish, Gasan Poblacion
9:00 am – Parade of Kapatirang Morion Group, Boac Poblacion Legion’s Creative Contest ’09, (Theme: Longinus, a Saint & Martyr), Boac Covered Court. Parade, Legion Morion Group, Boac Poblacion
Parade/Visita Iglesia of MISTAH Morion Group, Sto Nino Parish, Buenavista Poblacion
Morion Parade (with morions from 15 barangays), Buenavista Poblacion
10:00 am – “Pagpapakasakit ni JesuKristo”, Mogpog Poblacion “Kalbaryohan”, Sta. Cruz Poblacion (Holy Wednesday to Good Friday)
11:00 am – Parade/Visita Iglesia of MISTAH Morion Group, Our Lady of Perpetual Succor Parish, Torrijos Poblacion
1:00 pm – “Maskara Mo, Kulayan Mo” (Mask painting), Boac Covered Court
3:00 pm – Parade, Legion Morion Group, Boac Poblacion (and other morion groups)
5:00 pm – Holy Wednesday Religious Procession, all Town centers
7:00 pm – “Sinakulo” (Stage presentation: Episode from Genesis to the Birth of Jesus. Presented by the Provincial Government of Marinduque in cooperation with morion groups and cenaculistas). Moriones Arena, Boac Riverbank.
April 9, 2009 – Maundy Thursday
4:00 am – “Pabasa ng Pasyon”, Gasan Kiosko
7:00 am – Visita Iglesia via Motor Bike (Biker’s Fun Run visiting round Marinduque taking Boac-Gasan- Buenavista-Torrijos-Sta. Cruz-Mogpog Boac route), assembly at Boac Covered Court.
“Maskara Mo, Kulayan Mo” (Mask Painting), Boac Covered Court
8:00 am – Parade of Morion Contingents, Boac Poblacion
9:00 am – “Battle of the Morions”, (Judging of the Best Morion Costumes and Masks organized by the provincial government), Moriones Arena, Boac Riverbank
2:00 pm – “Battle of the Morions” (Competition of morions in choreographed movements participated in by contingents from the municipalities organized by the
provincial government), Moriones Arena, Boac Riverbank
7:00 pm – “Ang Kristo: Pasyondula” (Theater. Premiere presentation in Boac. Beginning with Christ’s Baptism to the Resurrection. Presented by the Provincial Government
of Marinduque in cooperation with Teatro Balangaw), Moriones Arena, Boac Riverside.
April 10 , 2009 Good friday
8:00 am -“Maskara Mo, Kulayan Mo” (Mask Painting), Boac Covered Court
“Sinakulo” (Street play with morions joining). Torrijos
9:00 am – “Via Crucis” (The Way of the Cross. Re-enacted along
the streets of Boac culminating at the Moriones Arena).
12:00 pm – Tawak Drinking. (Ritual. Drinking of herbal potion
against poisonous bites). Guingona Park, Gasan
2:00 pm – Flagellantes. (Self-flogging by penitents) Boac and Gasan
cemeteries Parade, Legion Morion Group, Boac Poblacion
4:00 pm – Good Friday Religious Procession, all town centers
8:00 pm – “Kristo: Ang Tagapagligtas” (Stage presentation.
People’s Park, near Sta. Cruz Public Market.
April 11, 2009 – Black Saturday
8:00 am – ENDURO MOTOCROSS, 4-CROSS MOUNTAIN BIKE AND AIRSOFT COMPETITION, Boac Riverbank (up to 4:00pm)
9:00 am – Kite Flying Contest, Bangbang Rice Fields, Gasan
1:30 pm – Parade/Visita Iglesia of Legion Morion Group, Birhen Mapag-ampon Parish, Brgy. Balimbing, Boac
2:30 pm – “Kalutang Contest”, Municipal Tennis Court, Gasan
2:30 pm – Parade/Visita Iglesia of Legion Morion Group, Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Brgy. Poras, Boac
3:30 pm – Parade of Legion Morion Group, Boac Poblacion to Boac Cathedral
7:00 pm – Legion Morion Group Torch Parade, assembly at Boac Cathedral
7:00 pm – “Pugutan” (Stage presentation on the Longhino story), Guingona Park, Gasan
7:00 pm – “Pugutan” (Stage presentation on the Longhino story), Torrijos Covered Court
9:00 pm – “Sinakulo” (Stage presentation on the Resurrection and the Longhino story. Presented by the Provincial Government of Marinduque in cooperation with morion
groups and cenaculistas), Moriones Arena, Boac Riverbank.
9:00 pm MISTAH Morion Group Torch Parade and Vigil
April 12, 2009 Easter Sunday
4:00 am – “Salubong at Bati”/”Aleluyahan” (Ritual and Dance celebrating the appearance of the Risen Christ before the Blessed Mother). Designated area in all town centers.
5:00 am – Easter Mass, all Parishes.
7:30 am – “Gasang-Gasang Easter Sunday Street-Dancing Festival” (Competition of various contingents in choreographed movements and morion-inspired costumes). Gasan Poblacion
8:00 am – FUN RUN MOTORCYCLE MOUNTAIN TRAIL & Visit to Gasan
8:30 am – Grand Parade and Awarding of Prizes to Morions, Mogpog Covered Court
9:00 am – Parade of MISTAH Morion Group, Boac Poblacion Parade of Legion Morion Group, Boac Poblacion
“Tubungan sa Plaza” (Putong Ritual), BoacCovered Court
10:00 am – “Traditional Pugutan”, (Ritual. Mock beheading of Longhino), Mogpog Covered Court
10:00 am – “TRADITIONAL Pugutan”, (Chase and mock beheading of Longhino. With MISTAH, Kapatirang Morion and Legion Morion Groups, Boac Poblacion
“EASTER EGG HUNTING AT THE PARK”, for locals and tourists, Coastal Park, Buenavista
1:00 pm – Legion’s Creative Contest Awarding Ceremony.
7:30 pm – San Miguel Beer Plaza, Boac Covered Court
7:30 pm – “Bikini Open” (Personality Pageant, Private sector organized). Poctoy White Beach, Torrijos
“EASTER PARTY at the PARK”, (Open to the public), Coastal Park, Buenavista
Photos Courtesy of Joanne Cortez
Moriones Schedule of Activities courtesy of Marinduque Province Official Website
For more information please contact:
Marinduque Provincial Tourism Office
Tel. No. (6342)3321018