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Marinduque is a heart-shaped island located in the southern part of Luzon- south and west of Quezon province, east of Mindoro, and north of Romblon.

the beauty of Marinduque
It is surely one of those remaining islands which is shrouded by mystery and gifted with natural beauty. Unlike the other tourist spots, this place has preserved so much of its natural treasures, rich history and culture .

Marinduque is famous for their Moriones Festival which is held every Holy Week. With this very old tradition fishermen and farmers commonly parade the streets wearing roman soldier costumes and heavy wooden masks of bearded faces. The festival is based on the story of Longinus-a blind soldier who punctured the sides of Jesus with a spear. As drops of Christ's blood went to his eyes, he was able to see again. Unfortunately, i wasn't able to witness the Moriones festival.
my version of Moriones..lolz

Another popular custom of the locals for guests and friends is the Putong. This tradition involves women who sing and dance to honor and welcome their guests. the honorees sit while they are crowned and given flowers. Petals and coins are thrown also for long life. It has the way of touching one's heart. My mom almost cried. This tradition just shows how hospitable the Marinduquenos are. I am a living witness to that. People here are really nice. I strongly believe that the crime rate in this province is really low. The Gas stations are left unguarded at night. Chickens and animals roam the streets freely. You can pick fruits from trees along the streets. People leave their houses and cars unlocked. No need to worry about theives and burglars. The people here know each other. They are uncorrupted.


The island of Marinduque has 6 municipalities-the capital of Boac, Mogpog, Gasan, Buenavista, Sta. Cruz and Torrijos. We stayed at the town of Torrijos. The town is located south of Marinduque and is surrounded by sea. During low tide, it's really fun to walk around the long shore, collect shells and find creatures such as butete or blowfish, baby octopus, sea urchins, small fishes, crabs and the like. It is a really nice place to relax. Time was really slow while we were here. The food is great- fresh fish, crabs, shrimps and many more. yum!

their version of Luneta-Freedom Park

at low tide

Poctoy White Beach

This beach front has white sand and a very nice view of Mt. Malindig. It is a very popular place for picnic and swimming.

the cast of Dyesebel.. kidding!:p

A lot of fishing boats arrive hourly full of fresh fish!

sashimi, anyone? :)

i wanted to see the Gasan sunset and Tres Reyes("Three Kings", composed of 3 islets-Melchor, Gaspar and Baltazar) but we didn't have much time. Aside from swimming along the beaches, there is still sop much more to enjoy in this precious island such as camping, hiking, going to hot springs and a whole lot more.

Getting there:
from Manila to Dalahican Port Lucena, Quezon: ride Jac Liner Bus(located in Kamias)
Dalahican to Balanacan port at Mogpog, Marinduque- fast craft or by RO-RO (Roll on-Roll off)

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  1. Anonymous  

    June 11, 2008 at 9:04 PM

    make me feels like visiting Philippines

  2. my-so-called-Quest  

    June 11, 2008 at 9:32 PM

    ang sarap naman ng end of vacation trip mo doc.

    ingats palagi doc, toxic mode na ulit tau=[

  3. philos  

    June 12, 2008 at 12:45 AM

    Wow, I wish I can visit Marinduque too. I went to Pagsanjan during the weekend, will be blogging about it as soon as I get the pictures hehe...

    And as scary as you look wearing that mask, you'd make a perfect dyesabel hehe... :p

  4. dimaks  

    June 12, 2008 at 4:52 AM

    nice blog going on here! hopping by :)

  5. Camille  

    June 12, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    peanut: hi! sure visit the philippines when you have time. :) ill be your guide.. lolz..

    ced: onga mejo bitin un stay,, pwde pa bumalik.. sobrang exclusive pa nung place.. angkonti ng tao..

    philos: im looking forward to your next post. :) haha.. wanna join the dyesebel cast? actually ako yung double ni marian rivera.. :p haha

    dimaks: thanks for visiting my blog.. hope you enjoyed viewing...

  6. MakMak  

    June 13, 2008 at 2:32 AM

    Seems like a nice place to visit. :)

    But eew for the sashimi. :P

  7. peanut  

    June 13, 2008 at 4:41 AM

    hahaha.. serious?? lol.. your country would certainly be the top on my must visit list now.. lol

  8. Nita  

    June 13, 2008 at 8:18 AM

    Nice photos. Wow, buti ka pa pupunta ng Bohol. Ako tagal ko na di nakauwi don :(

    Don't forget to visit Panglao Island. Ganda ng beach don!


  9. Camille  

    June 14, 2008 at 8:52 AM

    makmak: sashimi is good :) but i like salmon and tuna..

    peanut: good! so when will you be visiting?;p

    nita: bakit naman? uwe ka.. tour mo kami. :) actually prov kasi yun ng lola ng friend ko.. ayun.. excited na nga kami. gusto ko makakita ng tarsier.


    June 14, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    hello bestfriend... (lol)

    pasalubong ko?

  11. Mark  

    June 14, 2008 at 9:07 PM

    very nice read sis... hehehe kaya pala dun ko nakita love ko :) sa heart shape island :)

  12. Jun  

    June 17, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    hey u're back! so. any recommendations on which part of the philippines i should visit if i plan to swing by? ;) u and dak are in manila rite?

  13. Camille  

    June 17, 2008 at 6:42 PM

    wow! when are u planning to come here? hm.. palawan is a nice place. you can try diving at the tubbataha reef..hehe.. bohol is nice as well..:)

    yeap we're here in manila.. back to school..

  14. Camille  

    June 17, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    kris jasper: keychain at ballpen lang kinaya ng budget ko.. ubos narin.. hahaha...

  15. Camille  

    June 17, 2008 at 6:43 PM

    mark:sa frisco mo kaya na-meet un love mo..

  16. Mark  

    June 18, 2008 at 8:13 AM

    nga pala.. sa heart shape island lang sya pinanganak :)

  17. Nedekcir  

    June 25, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Nice to know you enjoy the island. I was born in Mogpog and my parents and relatives still lives there. Actually Mogpog is the birth place of Moriones festival.

  18. ur_prince  

    September 6, 2008 at 6:04 AM

    Dyan province ko.. na miss ko bigla marinduque. Last july umuwi ako ng pinas kaso di rin me nag enjoy kasi tag ulan na, next vacation ko na lang sa April or May. I'll agree dun sa comment mo na low ang crime rate dyan actually prang zero nga ata eh.. sarap ng buhay ng mga pulis dyan kasi la sila gawa haha! Ok i visit dyan yung white beach, bathala cave,blue sea(beach) sa gasan Thanks for posting

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