Unveiling other treasures of Marinduque
- Jun Pasaylo () - April 15, 2012 - 2:46pm

MARINDUQUE, Philippines – As the dusts of the annual Moriones event settled in, life here slowly returned to normal as thousands of local and foreign tourists joined the exodus of moving out from this Lenten capital of the country.

For decades, the Moriones tradition brought this island-province to fame, being home to one of the oldest religious practices in Philippine history.

But Marinduque has a lot to offer other than the Moriones.

Its local tourism office was gearing up of showcasing the potential of the province as a premiere tourist destination.

Some unique features

Other than the Morions, the masked and costumed penitents that drew their inspiration from the Roman soldiers that tortured Jesus Christ before his crucifixion, Marinduque is also home to a musical instrument called "Kalutang".

It was made from two pieces of wood that produce different note ranges depending on its size. A band of 10 to 12 can create music with this instrument.

Marinduque also hosts a 1.4-kilometer underground river, popularly known by the local as the Bagumbayan Caves in Sta. Cruz town.

The white and fine sand of its Maniwaya and Tres Reyes Islands matched those of the world famous Boracay Island.

Its six towns – Mogpog, Santa Cruz, Torrijos, Buenavista, Gasan and Boac – offered a variety of rock and sand beaches, falls, caves, sulfur springs, heritage sites, century-old churches and ancient houses, among others.

Its community-based tourism projects also offered mountaineering programs to the towering Mt. Malinding, and eco-tourism activities to Carmen mangrove sites.

It is also home to one of the branches of the National Museum of the Philippines that housed the countless artifacts that define the rich history of Marinduque.

The province also strengthen its claim as being the heart of the Philippines, on top of being a heart-shape island, with the discovery of historical marker Luzon Datum.

Luzon Datum, a marker with a hole of 1.5 centimeter in diameter and 6.0 centimeter deep, traced to the surveying and mapping activities in the Philippines of the then United States Coast and Geodetic Survey (USCGS).

In her speech during the unveiling of the historical marker, Governor Carmencita Reyes noted of the rarest opportunity to play host to Luzon Datum, the Point Number One for all Philippine mapmakers.

"It stands there on its high perch as the authoritative reference guide and a constant reminder that will steer and lead us to further seek natural and man-made heritage together with intangible legacies that Marinduque continually bequeaths upon us, waiting to be discovered," she said.

On top of unadulterated environment treasures of Marinduque are its people.

Along the streets of this fourth class province, one can feel the tranquility brought about by the spirit of its peace-loving people.

Its laid back life perfectly matches the aura of its cultural heritage that decoded the wonders of the people and places in this island-province in Tayabas Bay.

One can walk around free from the threats of criminality. After all, Marinduque is the second safest province of the Philippines, next to the Batanes group of islands.

BAGUMBAYAN CAVES BORACAY ISLAND BUT MARINDUQUE GASAN AND BOAC GOVERNOR CARMENCITA REYES JESUS CHRIST LUZON DATUM MANIWAYA AND TRES REYES ISLANDS MARINDUQUE MT. MALINDING NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE PHILIPPINES
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