Showing posts with label Marinduque. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Marinduque. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Moriones Festival 2013 Schedule in Marinduque

Moriones 2013 Festival celebrate during the Holy week Season in Boac which is the capital town of the province of Marinduque and only during this season that the town is heavily well known Moriones activity, which brings a deeper dimension of faith from its people. It is normally started their event during Palm Sunday which dated from March 24 to March 31, 2013. Come and experience the unique traditions which are purely religious and pleasings as well. Please check out  below are the calendar of activities for Moriones Festival 2013. Photos are the last year's Moriones Festival 2012 during my solo backpacking trip.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

How to Get to Kawa Kawa Falls in Sta Cruz Marinduque

Going to Kawa Kawa Falls:

There is no entrance fee and it is open to public. From the town of Sta. Cruz there are jeepneys or tricycles could be taken to Kawa Kawa Falls from the market in the town proper of Sta. Cruz you can take a tricyle or jeepney going to the highway of Barangay Bangkuangan, from there you can take habal habal which cost you 50 pesos more or less. Looks very mysterious and remote to me. I guess it was only 5 to 7 feet in height. But nevertheless, it has several pools where you can swim.

Kawa Kawa Falls in Sta Cruz Marinduque

It is an ideal place for picnic and camping. A great place to relax and enjoy during weekends. Located at Barangay Bangcuangan Santa Cruz, Marinduque, about 1 hour away from the town of Sta. Cruz. The base of the Kawa-Kawa Falls forms a small pool that resembles a big pan, or locally known as “kawali” from which the waterfalls got its name. Hehehe! The water is so cold and its so relaxing, covering with trees and plants within the area. This falls is one of the popular place in the town of Sta. Cruz. There are many mini-waterfalls in the area, some very accessible, some needs short climbs and it is very slippery. My short trip in the Island of Marinduque was ended, it is very fulfilling and remembering.  

Exploring Bagumbungan Cave in Sta. Cruz Marinduque

Bagumbungan Cave is the 2nd largest cave next to Bathala Cave. From Bathala Cave located at Barangay Ipil, we take 45 minutes ride going to Barangay Isidro.  In coordination with the DENR, concerned LGUs, tourism office and GEC.This will be managed and operated by the barangay as community based eco-tourism project. Contact Number:  0921-4129641 just text or call Barangay Captain Porferio Manuba for details and booking. Guest Fee and Entrance which includes head gear and flaslight which cost 100 pesos per person.

How to Get to Bathala Cave in Sta Cruz Marinduque

Going to Bathala Cave from Boac to Sta. Cruz:
Guide Fee: Php. 200/group
Entrance Fee: Php. 50/head

From Boac to Sta Cruz
It is approximately an hour and a half by jeepney from the town of Boac. From Boac, take a jeepney to Sta. Cruz. From there, take another jeepney to Brgy. Ipil. A short trek from this point would lead you to the caves. Since there is no regular trip to the area, it is better to have a hired vehicle.

Visiting Bathala Cave in Sta Cruz Marinduque

My friends and I decided to celebrate Easter Sunday (April 8,2012) in Bathala Cave which are located in Barangay Ipil, Santa Cruz, Marinduque and about 30-45 minutes travel from the town of Sta. Cruz. It is one of the most must-try when you visit Sta Cruz in Marinduque. We bought foods, drinks at Sta. Cruz Market, one of the busy market in the town. In province there are some mining activities in the area but Bathala Cave remains one of the last few sanctuaries for wildlife and protected area according to the local goverment of Marinduque.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Sta Cruz Church in Marinduque

Marinduque has a two old church, one in Boac and one in Sta. Cruz. Some say this town was called Sta. Cruz in Marinduque because of the Holy Cross brought by Magellan in Cebu. Others believe the legend that Sta. Cruz got its name from an apparition of a cross that guided the early missionaries to a safe landing place during a thunderstorm on one of their visits in the area where they erected a wooden cross on the mountain where Sta. Cruz Church now stands. A famous Marinduque pasalubong - uraro cookies are made from arrowroot, a tuber. The municipality of Sta. Cruz, known as the “Seafood Capital of Marinduque,” celebrated its annual Seafoods Fiesta from May 1 to May 3 as thanksgiving for the abundance of its aquatic resources. It is the only fiesta in the province which lasts for three days.

Senakulo 2012 Photos in Sta Cruz Marinduque

Here are the photos of last April 6, 2012 in Sta. Cruz Marinduque during Senakulo held infront of Municipal Hall.

Prusiyon: Holyweek 2012 in Sta. Cruz Marinduque

Tatlong araw na nagdiwang ang bayan ng Sta. Cruz, led by Church and Town Government. Cruz, sa pangunguna ng Simbahan at ng Pamahalaang Bayan. This initiated a Village Night and CORONATION of Bb. Pinasimulan ito sa isang Barangay Night at Koronasyon ng Bb. Quadricenterinial that Ms. Quadricenterinial na si Bb. Celine. Celine. Marie Rey Rejano gymnasium performed on the night May l. Marie Rejano Rey na ginanap sa gymnasium noong gabing Mayo l. I made the Procession in besperas afternoon after the last Mass-Novenario in honor of the Holy Cross. Isinagawa naman ang Prusisyon noong besperas ng hapon matapos ang huling Misa-Novenario sa karangalan ng Banal na Krus.

Moriones Festival 2012 Photos in Sta. Cruz Marinduque

Sta. Cruz is a neighboring province's version of Moriones Festival. Meron din silang version nito! This year, aside from the usual tradition,  there was a “Battle of Morions”. This was conceptualized last 2011, by now Congressman Lord Allan Velasco. For costumes, participants this year have been encouraged to incorporate local materials that are commonly used or are unique to their localities. It has been noted that while many participants still use wooden masks, masks made of papier-mache are extensively used for the Battle of Morions competition.

Sta Cruz Municipal Hall in Marinduque

Santa Cruz is politically subdivided into 55 barangays . In 1957 the sitio of Kalangkang, barrio of Kasily, was converted into a barrio
Address: Municipal Hall Santa Cruz, Marinduque.
Phone: (042) 321-1971.

Road going to Sta. Cruz Marinduque

Early morning of Holy Friday (April 6, 2012) I decided to travel from Torrijos highway going Sta. Cruz to meet up some friends,it's about 30-45 minutes travel time. I take jeepney from the highway of Torrijos which cost 30 pesos. I want to witness senakulo and prusisyon during afternoon until evening. Santa Cruz is a first class municipality in the province of Marinduque,according to the 2007 census.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

How to Get to Poctoy White Beach Resort in Marinduque

How to Get to Poctoy White Beach Resort in Torrijos Marinduque

By Sea
Travelers may take a bus bound for Talao-talao Port or Dalahican Port in Lucena City. From there, Roll on-Roll off (RORO) vessels will transport land based vehicles to Marinduque.
An alternative is to get off the bus at Talao-talao Port and ride a fast craft or ferry to Balanacan Port in Mogpog. From here, take a jeepney, FX or air-conditioned vans bound for Mogpog, Boac, Gasan and Buenavista.
For those bound to Sta. Cruz and Torrijos, take the ferry to Buyabod Port, Sta Cruz. Ride a tricycle to the town center and from here, travelers can ride a jeep going to Torrijos, Mogpog and Boac.
By Air
Local airlines have direct flights to Marinduque, landing at Marinduque Airport. Travel time takes around 40 minutes from Manila.

Best White Beach in Marinduque: Poctoy White Beach Resort,Torrijos

Traveling to the island province of Marinduque during the Holy Week was a test of patience. But rewards are abound. The stretch of white sand beach of Poctoy is proof to that. The privacy of a beach cove was perfect for sleeping right at the shore. The one-kilometer long, fine white sands of Poctoy White Beach is probably one of the best and frequented beaches in Marinduque.

Beach Hut White Beach Resort in Marinduque

The Beach Hut White Beach Resort Contact Number & Details:
White Beach, Bgy. Poctoy
Torrijos/ Marinduque
Cellphone : 0919-485-0531
Situated at a beautiful private white beach
     Ideal for children.
  • Friendly and spacious rooms 
  • Kitchen with gas cooker and refrigerator.
  • Ready to eat meals
  • Trekking tours to inner Marinduque can be organized.

Majestic Mount Malindig in Torrijos, Marinduque

Mount Malindig which is the highest peak in Marinduque and the white sand view of Poctoy White Beach Resorts.Torrijoseños amazes its visitors with its 1 kilometer white-sand beach located in Poctoy. Mountain climbers are treated to a panoramic view of the province and facing the Sibuyan Sea which offers the magestic view.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Sunset View at Poctoy White Beach in Marinduque

I like seeing sunset at the beach .Poctoy White Beach Resort is perfect for this summer 2012. It is in Torrijos Marinduque, 31 kilometers from the town of Buenavista. That's about 1.5 hours away from Buenavista. A stretch of white sand beach, this resort is one of the most frequented beaches in the province. Going to Marinduque is usually commenced by a bus ride to Lucena. From there, you can board a ferry to either Sta. Cruz or Mogpog towns. Within the island, tricycles, jeeps, and vans ply inter-town routes, but be advised that places are faraway from each other, and transpo costs are quite significant.

Hidden Lagoon in Poctoy White Beach,Torrijos Marinduque

I was surprised of the Hidden Lagoon located at the end point of Poctoy White Beach Resort. So I decided to check out the area were people come and go. It has a white fine sand and rocky limestone formation. At the center it has a swimming pool like lagoon which people can enjoy. Torrijos waters is clean but there's sea grass in its waters, which may bother other swimmers but it is a favorite swimming and picnic area on this side of the province. One can have a very good view of Mt. Malindig on the south. Some of the private resorts owned by many Europeans are located here due to very nice secluded white sand beaches.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

How to Get to Bellarocca Island Resort in Buenavista Marinduque

Marinduque is a quiet town so I plan to explore the island last April 5-8, 2012. Only Zest Air offers flight to Marinduque four times a week and You can take a RoRo going to Marinduque via Cawit or Balanacan port from Lucena Port (Dalahican Port). Please visit their website for additional information and pictures of the resort ( If you have further questions, feel free to send an email at

A Perfect View of Bellarocca Island Resort in Marinduque

Wow! That's what people say when entering the gate of Bellarocca which is opened its doors to the public last February 2009 and full operations last January 2012. Located at Barangay Tungib, Lipata Buenavista Marinduque about 30 minutes away from the twon. This small island is perhaps similar to all other islands off the coastline of Marinduque. Each island are similarly hugged by the calm sea and highlighted by the blue sky. Fresh sea breeze and  in front of the island stands the majestic Mount Malindig. As my research Bellarocca is a resort full of contrasts. “Bella” is Italian (or Greek?) for beautiful, “rocca” is rock. This small, green island off the edge of Marinduque (Philippines) is home to white-walled architecture inspired by Santorini (Greece). 



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