The island of Marinduque prides itself in being the “Lenten Capital of the Philippines”, and it is easy to understand why.
Come the seven days of Holy Week, the people of the island take part in the age-old ritual of the “Moriones”.
Colorful warrior costumes are worn topped with finely carved masks portraying the violent Roman soldiers of Christ’s time.
All these are done to show the story of the conversion of Longinus, the centurion who stabbed Jesus’ side – and his subsequent beheading.
The festival is celebrated all over the province. The towns of Boac, Gasan, Santa Cruz, Buenavista and Mogpog in the island of Marinduque become one gigantic stage.