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.
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On the middle of the Tayabas Bay and Sibuyan Sea lies the heart-shaped and beautiful island of Marinduque. Its waters are located along the center of the center of world's marine biodiversity. Not only a sanctuary for marine, flora, and other fauna species, Marinduque is also home to one of the oldest religious festivals in the whole Philippines.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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