Moriones Festival

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The Moriones Festival is a Philippine religious festival which takes place in Marinduque during Holy Week in the Philippines. Its highlight is a street play performed on Easter Sunday by penitents wearing large, colorful hand-painted masks carved out of wood. Each mask has a Roman centurion's helmet, from which the name of the festival is taken, morion being Spanish for helmet.

Moriones Festival News

  • Moriones From The Eyes Of An Outsider

    Moriones From The Eyes Of An Outsider

    Marinduque the lenten capital of the Philippines is renowned for a weeklong celebration of the Holy Week with its unique rites and rituals dotting the beautiful island province. Mogpog, the town where the festival started, holds the skilled Morion mask makers and, I think, has the most traditional and solemn way of observing the festive occasion.

  • Lenten Parade At The 2018 Moriones Festival

    Lenten Parade At The 2018 Moriones Festival

    Penitents wear morions these are masks depicting the faces of Roman centurions. They are called by locals as 'Moriones.'

    On the island province of Marinduque, lenten rites held during the Holy Week involve a colorful festival of people in costumes and masks.

    On Maundy Thursday, March 29, penitents wear morions these are masks depicting the faces of Roman centurions. They are called by locals as "Moriones." (READ: Behind the masks of Marinduque's Moriones Festival)

    At Sta Cruz town in Marinduque, hundreds joined the lenten parade on Maundy Thursday.

    Garbed in kaftan, a loong loose d ...

  • Moriones Solemn Tradition Not Festive Occasion

    Moriones Solemn Tradition Not Festive Occasion

    The sleepy island province of Marinduque comes to life during Holy Week, with thousands of local visitors and foreign tourists coming down to see one of the Philippines oldest religious traditions.

    To friends Cedij Montemayor and Jethro Magdalita, both 19, Holy Week is something to look forward to, not only because it ushers in the grand summer vacation but also because they get to wear their Morion costumes, which include wooden masks depicting scowling Roman soldiers, breastplates, capes and sandals, and carry their props swords, shields and spears.

    Moriones can be likened to the moder ...

  • Mimaropa No Juan Is An Island

    Mimaropa No Juan Is An Island

    The Ausans of Mindoro moved to Palawan in the 1970s after the patriarch of the family retired from government service. Paulino Ausan had been assigned to the capital to help combat malaria in the province?s far-flung communities.

    Ausan decided that life would be better for his children to start fresh in "the last frontier." After all, a son had been assigned as head of a forest ranger team in a mountain-protected area, while a daughter had a steady job as a medical technologist in the local Department of Health office. The younger children instantaneously adapted to their new town.

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  • Rediscovering Moriones Festival In Sta Cruz Marinduque

    Rediscovering Moriones Festival In Sta Cruz Marinduque

    Considered as the heart of the Philippines. Marinduque has so much to offer it's tourists such as beautiful beaches, churches, friendly people, rich cultural heritage and of course, one of the most visited attractions on the island is the world reknowned MORIONES FESTIVAL.

  • Marinduque Poctoy White Beach

    Marinduque Poctoy White Beach

    Marinduque is dubbed as the Heart of the Philippines. Situated between Tayabas Bay to the North and Sibuyan Sea to the South this province with a shape of a heart is also a religious center in the Philippines. In this province, they celebrate the Moriones Festival during Holy Week to commemorate the suffering of Jesus Christ.

    But Marinduque is not just know for that. Marinduque is home to many beaches that is totally world class and far relaxing than those within 4 hours away from Manila. One of them is Poctoy White Beach in Torrijos Town, and an hour away from Sta. Cruz.

    Poctoy Beach ha ...