Friday, May 22, 2009

nine reasons why i love marinduque

ending the Marinduque and the Moriones series is not easy for me as we had an awesome experience there. to end, here are my nine reasons why i love the island of Marinduque with some links that leads to the previous posts.

[9] bibingka.
several types of bibingkas, a type of rice cake, can be found around the Philippines. but the ones in Marinduque are bigger in size and it has a taste different from the variety that i've tasted. it can't easily be found there, you really have to search for those sidewalks because to the locals it is ordinary.[8] walk around boac. the simplicity of this rustic town is so obvious. with some old houses just around the town central. a walk in the morning sometimes makes me feel that it's therapeutic. even at noon time, the city remains unbusy, despite being the province's capital town. rustic town of boac

[7] roadtrip. in just a day, one can actually go around the island. but with interesting sights on each of the six municipalities, it isn't best to do that. with good chance, one can actually experience topload ride and the best place to do this is the trip from Balanacan port to the town of Boac. beautiful exhilirating views of the hills and coastline is awesome.roadtrip to sta cruz

[6] the churches. most of the churches here are now 400years old. unique from one another some were built as fortress. we visited three of these churches mostly located uphill.church of boac
church of gasan
church of sta cruz

[5] the traditions. if one wants to spend a time with the feel of a solemn Holy week, i recommend Marinduque. with different traditions like the senakulo or the reenactment of Christ' death until his resurrection. flagellantes are very much alive in this island. each town celebrates simultaneously these traditions that signifies the importance of the ultimate sacrifice.procession of hope

[4] creativity. until now, everytime i see the Morion masks on my photo storage, i'm still amazed with the details that they put in it. at first i thought it was made of something else but soon learned that it's actually made of carved wood, painted and polished. it has evolved thru the years. the Moriones costumes today is from the masks down to the sandals. Marinduquenos creativity is excellent.moriones festival 2009 - ethnic and recycled

[3] island boat trip. the islands of Tres Reyes are islands so accessible from the coastal villages of Marinduque. a nice, though now occupied by a small village, island of Gaspar has a pebble bar beach. with small hidden white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. explored caves and beautiful rock formations. but these are not the only islands that you can visit, there are other beautiful islands around Marinduque. go explore.gaspar island - pebble beach
gaspar island - hidden beach

[2] the festival. definitely one of the best, most colorful and authentic festival in the Philippines. rooted from almost two hundred years of tradition and devotion being passed from generation to generation. behind the story of the converted Roman soldier, are the people's devotion to God. the festival covers the whole week from Christ journey to his death until resurrection.moriones festival 2009
moriones festival - a brief history
moriones festival - battle of the morions

[1] the friendly people. sit down, order a coffee on an ordinary shop and you'll end up in a conversation that can get to as far as being offered for a visit to their home. if it's your first time there, no worries. almost everyone seems to be a friendly guide. genuine hospitality is what i love the most in this island.to prove how much i love this island, i'll be there next year again and by that time with you.

to all the frequent readers, thank you for joining me with the Marinduque series. to travel friend Nadz thank you. special thanks to the Jordan family and the people of Marinduque for the genuine hospitality. to the provincial government of Marinduque for posting my photo in their blog site.

related post:
ten reasons why i love boracay

77 comments:

coolwaterworks said...

Dong, great pics and great adventure... Thanks for sharing... Now I am intrigued with the marinduque bibingka... i have tasted many local kinds and each have a unique style... for me the best is the bibingka from Toledo.
the marinduqe bibingka awaits... :D

Pacey said...

I love that bibingka too. I still remember that we have to chase the vendor all around Gasan, just for those native foods. :) Great series Dong. Congratulations and this is a nice way to wrap it up.

PUSANG-gala said...

the people component is really the most important aspect in any place---e kung aswang lahat nakatira don? e di disaster---hehe

mukhang sarap ng bibingka. nakam

An Asian Traveler said...

I love to try the Bibingka, which is one of my favorites. Just looking at the photo makes me drool. The churches in Marinduque are magnificent.

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Antoine Greg said...

bravo!
love it!
greAT adventure @ Marinduque...
i dont think i know sumone who made efforts to feature this beautiful island.
eheheh

Rej said...

My father's original hometown is Marinduque. But he hasn't visited the place in years. I also know some people who was born and raised there. Sana makaangkas din ako minsan...Gusto ko rin pumunta dyan...:p

merce78 said...

Ang sarap ng bibingka na yan!at ang mga kuha dong,sobrang ganda talaga...
yon naman sa senakulo,nagawa ko na rin yan dati.

Salamat sa kabaitan mo dong,at di ka naging madamot sa amin.

jei said...

I like--no, love--numbers 9 and 4 because:

a)I'm a hundred percent bibingka lover. You can make me eat 5 bibingkas in just one sitting. But don't forget to match it with free-flowing super ice-cold coke; and

b)I love arts and this mask sure looks great!

Great Dong! Marinduque would sure love to have you as its adopted son.

Lalaine said...

nice... mukhang sulit na sulit ang bakasyon mo sa marinduque ah.... nice one... salamat sa laging pagbisita sa blog ko ;)

bluedreamer27 said...

hi just dropping by here h
have a great day and happy blogging

Dylan Dimaubusan said...

Hey!!! Take that mask off will you?

Haha, wow.. I love native foods like bibingka, tamang tama saking gutumin, mabigat sa tyan yan eh. lalo na yung may salted eggs, nyog at kung anung toppings na pwedeng ilagay na parang pizza lang..lolz

San pala gawa ang mask? parang sobrang tigas. Traveling on top of a jeepney?? Ang init nyan! Pero sarap ng feeling nun..sa pick up ko pa lang ata nasubukan, minsan kasi gusto kong kalimutang babae ako..wahahaah

Di mo nga gusto ang Marinduque eh.. GUstung gusto!!!

-ellesig- said...

reaction sa #1 - talaga!? ganon sila dun!?
i love it! sama next year! :)

the donG said...

>coolwaterworks, thanks a lot. it's my pleasure to share it. i didnt try that of toledo yet. is this toledo in cebu? that i should try.

>hi pacey, you really need to look for it. that happened to us in boac but great manang was there early morning. nice to know that you like the series. i also want to thank you for consistently joining me thru this series.

>pusang-gala, hehehe... kulit. masarap sanay masubukan mo rin.

>hi asian traveler, im sure like the one in marinduque. it's big, you need someone to share it with. churches are nice there.

>antoine, whoa! thanks thanks! i really appreciate that.

>hi rej, that's nice to know! i actually wonder who you found my blog. i really recommend you visiting your father's home province.

thanks for dropping by.

>hi merce, salamat salamat. masarap nga yung bibingka doon. salamat din. sana hindi kayo magsasawa sa pagbisita.

>hi jei, wow! 5 bibingkas? but not sure if you can still do that with the bibingkas of marinduque. they are extra big.

the people who makes those masks are really good. i wish i saw them making it.

wow! i like that idea. adopted son of marinduque!

hi lalaine, sobrang sulit talaga. salamat din sa pagbisita dito.

>bluedreamer, thanks.

>hi dylan, hahaha... one day ill do that.

you should try this one. it doesnt have much of those add ons but it still taste good.

yung mga masks sa marinduque din gawa. mostly in the town of mogpog though i was not able to visit the place where those masks were made.

yes. medyo mainit nga sa topload pero saya naman. sa pickup masaya din. most people who visits marinduque ends up loving the place.

>hi ellesig, yes. sobrang bait nila doon. sure. sama ka ill just send an invite a month before the trip.

gillboard said...

ang sarap ng bibingka!!! yun pa talaga yung unang tumambad na larawan... gutom tuloy ako..

Photo Cache said...

wonderful way to end the series by highlighting your faves. i like the old houses in m'duque, i can't get enough of them. i hope to see them someday too.

what's next dong?

Chyng said...

akalain mong ganun kaganda sa Marinduque. thanks for sharing. gusto ko na din yan mapuntahan! ;)

SandyCarlson said...

These are wonderful. Those are nine marvelous reasons to love the place!

bertN said...

Marinduque, here I come...maybe sooner.

The list of places I want to see in Pinas keeps getting longer and longer LOL.

walkwithmetothemoon said...

I'd go for Bibingka! Nice photos Dong. Great job ;-)

alicesg said...

Am so glad I managed to view blogs this morning. You showcase the town so beautifully. Seems like a lovely town with all the exciting events. Have a nice weekend, Dong.

P.S. About the playground in my blog, the photo was taken around noon, so childen and the elderly dont make use of the facilities in the hot sun. They are mostly used in the morning and evening. :)

nuts said...

I think I really need to visit Marinduque.. You're also good in food photography ha. Nag-crave ako tuloy for bibingka. It's all there in Marinduque, food, beach, people..

Inkversified said...

how was your trip to cdo?

fufu said...

wow cool!!! but would you mind going back to marinduque with me the next time i visit the philippines again?? hihihihi.... and be my guide :) i love the post...so well written... =p

Vic said...

wow! ang sarap nung nasa first picture ah! bigla tuloy ako nagutom. haha! thanks for that Dong! Sana makarating din ako dito. who knows! :)

collapsingbarrycade said...

now i remember: it was tres reyes beach that i went to. the pebble bar beach triggered the thought. haha.

parang ang sarap nung bibingka.

uncleawang said...

Just love to see your great pics:)
Have a wonderful weekend.

ShatterShards said...

Bravo on this series of yours, Dong! I love the churches and the masks. Pero sana mas marami ka pang na-feature na food. hehe

jasperjugan said...

iba talaga ang bibingka pag sa province! love your marinduque posts by the way and because of you the place definitely made my "to-go" list

Andy Briones said...

Kudos on your Marinduque series. Reading your blog made me feel envious. God, I wanna go there.

Allen Yuarata said...

ganyan din ang bibingka namin sa antique. haha. iba kesa dito sa maynila.

Nice list sir dong!

luna miranda said...

the bibingka captured my imagination...bibingka-lover din ako.:D my aunts and their friends "bribed" me with sangkatutak na bibingka so i'd keep my mouth shut about their dates during bisita iglesia (lol).

this is a great way to end your Marinduque series. i'm sure your loyal readers who haven't been to the Marinduque are now seriously considering a trip soon.

coolwaterworks said...

Dong, yes it's the Toledo City of Cebu... :)

jeanny said...

that bibingka looks so yummy. Kakaiba rin ba lasa nya sa bibingka dito sa Manila?

para na rin akong nakapasyal sa MArinduque dahil sa 'yo. Thanks for sharing dong :)

Joy said...

So many things on your list are very good reasons to visit Marinduque, but the one I really like is the bibingka! I suppose there's no chance you could send me some when I'm in Manila this June?


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the donG said...

>gillboard, i just learned that a lot of people like bibingka to the point that i thought all the people can see in this post is bibingka. hehehe... but yes i also crave for those bibingkas.

>hi photo cache, you should visit the island when you come back to the country. what's next? the cordilleras.

>hi chyng, it's an island that has a charm despite being so simple, it still makes one guest love it so much. you should go there.

>hi sandy, thanks!

>bertn, that'll be great! you should really visit it and start clearing out your list.

>hi moon, thanks! bibingkas are really attractive.

>hi alicesg, thanks for making a visit here part of your morning activity. thanks for the info on that.

>nuts, yes you should really visit the island. taking good photos of food is still an effort to me. nice to know that you like this.

>inksversified, it was canceled. but there's still a possibility that i get to visit it this year.

>fufu, sure! im actually planning to go there within the year again. so that wont be a problem. thanks!

>hi vic, going there is easy. so it wont be impossible for you to have that chance. so you like bibingkas too.

>barry, ayon buti naalala mo rin. yes masarap yung bibingkang yan.

>uncleawang, thanks! i appreciate your visit.

>shattershards, salamat! oo nga kailangan ko ng magsimula magfeature ng pagkain. kaya lang sa marinduque wala sila masyadong unique na makakainan kaya for now yan muna.

>jasper, thanks! i agree. i like the bibingkas of laguna too. i highly recommend that you visit marinduque.

>hi andy, thank you! thank you! you'll have the chance at the right.

>allen, now im intrigued with the bibingkas there. that i should try when i go there next year.

>hi luna, wow! funny because now we know how to bribe a luna. hehehe... thanks! im glad that you like it. they themselves should discover marinduque. i myself will return there within the year.

>coolwaterworks, wow! that part of cebu, i've never been to. sounds like a good place to journey next year.

>jeanny, yes. it has a unique taste. something that you need to find there because it's not easy to find.

salamat din sa pagbisita dito.

>hi joy, thanks! hmmm... let me see. that's not impossible. just let me know the exact dates. hope i get the chance to get one. if not, im sure there's something else that i can give you.

KRIS JASPER said...

Yung last foto! Facebook material!!!!!!!

lol!

Hey Man! I miss bibinka!!!!!!! Ya man!

SandyCarlson said...

Thank you for stopping by, my friend. Your uplifting comments are always an inspiration to me.

Sidney said...

I agree Marinduque is special and has a lot to offer to tourists. It is not too far away from Manila... so maybe an alternative to Boracay ! ;-0

You did a wonderful coverage !

Nanaybelen said...

wow ang sarap ang bibingka. ganyan din ang itsura ng original bibingka ng Ilocos. Miss ko tuloy..

Hilda said...

I really, really love those old houses! The wooden grills and railings look like lace!

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Joffred said...

astig yung mga shots ng mga naka mask. very expressive. nice!

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Wow!lovely Marinduque.Great post.

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

Marinduque may not be so big an island but you gave more than enough reasons to make it look bigger in other terms. I'd love to grab one of those Moriones masks one day!

Pietro said...

Nine very right points indeed!
Nice post with a wonderful sequence of images, Dong!

Courage Philippines said...

You have a great blog here! Nice pictures of churches. Keep it up! Thanks for dropping by my blog too. God bless.

Bengbeng said...

now that this series is over, i am anxiously waiting for what is next

Fjordan Allego said...

grabe.. kung saan saan po kayo nakakarating.. minsan, kapag nagkatime ako, subukan ko naman maging travel blogger hehehe...

pasupport naman po ako dito, pls pls! Super thanks po!

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thanks po!

JoShMaRie said...

ang ganda nung bahay.... :)

juleste said...

ay ganda naman! sana makarating din ako ng marinduque :-)

REDLAN said...

mukhang masarap ang bibingka nila. special am sure. Kala ko made of plastic material yung mask. wood pala. I love boat trip!

Ax said...

ayos ah! a little less 10. i like the culture part and the friendly people!

kenwooi.com said...

wow nice place..
great pics..
but the mask guy looks kinda scary.. haha..
marinduque, what an interesting name.. =D

bebskie said...

when pps come to marinduque marating ko rin yan..hehehe....

Lionheart : Richard the Adventurer said...

Hehe :)

Kung nagustuhan mo sa Marinduque... Magugustuhan mo naman sa amin din... Hehe :)

Nice post lagi!

davamerce said...

Ur welcome dong!
lahat ng post di pwedeng pagsawaan.
magaling ka kase...

ingat lagi!

Shionge said...

Hiya Dong, thanks for visiting my blog all the time :)

About the rice cake, do you eat it hot and with a sauce or something?

carlotta said...

riding topload is really the way to go when you're in the province. :D

great series dong! :)

Layrayski said...

I like how you took the photo of the bibingka. Marinduque sounds like a very good place to take photos and just to take in the culture that they obviously take pride in. So envious of you. =)

btw, thanks for the offer of showing me around in Manila. =)

witsandnuts said...

I enjoyed this series. Your posts were actually encouraging to explore Marinduque. Last night I saw a (replay) feature about Marinduque including Moriones Festival. Your posts were more informative. =)

katcarneo said...

I see you really love the place, but of course, what's not to love? Too bad I haven't had a taste of their bibingka when I was there. I can attest to the kindness, pleasantness, and hospitality of the people there.

Juliepearl said...

hi! i'm pearl from Marinduque. just want to thank you for visiting our island. nice shots there. anyway, if you want to visit Marinduque next year, try our Maniwaya isle, it is one of the three islets (Maniwaya, Mongpong, Polo) in Sta. Cruz. From Buyabod port you can ride a motor boat to Maniwaya. what i like about the isle is that several meters from the shoreline, you could actually see the corals and sea life while riding the boat--the water is so clean.the beach at the end of the isle is also nice.(brionjuliepearl@gmail.com)

Juliepearl said...

sana nga mas marami pang "adventurer" and pumunta sa Marinduque. Nice one. thanks!

rhia_deity said...

..kainggit po kau you explored Marinduque alot!! Great pics you share. Im too excited to go back there on the next Holy Week!! Thanks for sharing.. We once lived there but had no chance to explore the great places Marinduque has to offer.. I love beaches alot so could you take me w/u in your pocket the next time you "ESKAPO" to other great places?? hehe.. more power po! :D

TeDdy said...

Mas lalo na tuloy akong proud na marinduqueno ... astig ka pre ...

jaymz said...

thank you visiting and blogging about Marinduque... my home province.

bobby said...

a good place that can increase the inspiration for all of us ..

Technology said...

thank you for this excellent info, I would like to visit there.

Finance Business Corner said...

beautiful, beautiful, interesting ... that's no good at these places .. I like that.

Healthy Live said...

I like it, and I'm sure everyone would like to place this good, I was eager to visit it for the sake of my family happy.

Technology and Informations said...

Thank you for everything you have shown to us, you will definitely experience I use to soon come and visit this nice place.

Insurance Quotes said...

very good, the quality of the natural beauty of incredible ..

Travel vacation said...

really beautiful and very fitting for my soon to visit.

7a'faR said...

the tradition really interesting..

could you mention it clearly??
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bobby said...

Really beautiful place, and I want to go there soon


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Ivan said...

wow... this is helpful sir dong. :)

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After reading ive to really go to this place

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