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Marinduque

Marinduque is an island province of the Philippines located in Region IV-B
MIMAROPA region. Its capital is the Municipality of Boac. Marinduque lies between
Tayabas Bay to the north and Sibuyan Sea to the south. It is west of the Bondoc
Peninsula of Quezon province; east of Mindoro Island; and north of the island
province of Romblon.
Marinduque is the second safest province of the Philippines, next to the Batanes
Islands, due to its near-zero crime rate statistics. For almost 200 years, the province
is home to one of the oldest religious festivals in Philippines: the unique and colorful
Moriones Festival.

Moriones Festival
The Moriones is an annual festival held on Holy Week on the island of Marinduque,
Philippines. This is a folk-religious festival that re-enacts the story of Longinus, a
Roman centurion who was blind in one eye. The "Moriones" are men and women in
costumes and masks replicating the garb of biblical Roman soldiers as interpreted
by local folks. Once a man wears his Moriones costume, he automatically plays the
role of a Roman soldier. No one must know his identity, so he must not take off his
mask, nor reveal his true name or voice. The Moriones or Moryonan tradition has
inspired the creation of other festivals in the Philippines where cultural practices or
folk history is turned into street festivals.

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