The Moriones Festival of my home province, Marinduque, is one of the most famous religious Philippine festivals for its interesting premise: it centers on culture and religion in the country, with an emphasis on reliving the time Roman soldiers roamed the streets during Jesus' crucifixion.
Because the Philippines has been known for its predominantly Catholic beliefs, it's no wonder so many of its festivals are inspired by Biblical stories.
The festival began when farmers and fisher folk began dressing up and performing this unique kind of street theater. Locals dress up as Roman soldiers ...
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Resident of Mogpog town in Marinduque prepare for the annual Moriones Festival, an annual recreation of the the life of Saint Longinus.
Longinus was the half blind centurion tasked with driving a spear into the side of Jesus. When Jesus' blood touched him, Longinus' vision returned. He then converted to Christianity and turned his back on his fellow centurions.
The weeklong festival started on Palm Sunday and culminates on Easter Sunday.
During this week, participants brave the heat in full centurion garb, looking for the fugitive Longinus.
The word 'morion' means 'mask.'.
Marinduque Island Hopping - Summer of 2016. Video mix from Tres Reyes Islands-Gasan and Maligaya beach-Boac, Marinduque.
Marinduque is a famous tourist destination during the Lenten season in March or April. It is called the "Heart of the Philippines" due to its shape and its position at the center of the archipelago. For 200 years, the residents of Marinduque has celebrated the Moriones Festival which is a part of the reenactment of the Passion of the Christ story. Men (and even women and children) dress in the garb of Roman legionnaires parading around the streets of Marinduque for a whole week.
While the Moriones tradition is also now celebrated in Oriental Mindoro, one of the major difference that I've no ...
The Moriones Festival is celebrated every Holy Week by Roman Catholics in the province of Marindque. Just like many festivals in the Philippines, the Moriones Festival is a colorful celebration that centers on the costumes and masks worn by penitents who march around the towns of the province as Roman soldiers.
The festival got its name from the Morion helment worn by Spanish soldiers of the 16th and 17th centuries. The men and women wearing the helmet are then called Moriones.
The Moriones mask is usually made of wood carved with the face of a Roman soldier. Attached to the mask is the ...