Friday, March 11, 2011

Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism
The Moriones Festival is a weeklong religious annual festival held on Holy Week in Marinduque, the “Lenten Capital of the Philippines.” This is mark by the presence of “Moriones", men and women in costumes and masks replicating the garb of biblical Roman soldiers as interpreted by local folks.

Morion means "mask" or "visor," a part of the medieval Roman armor which covers the face. On the other hand, Moriones, refers to the masked and costumed penitents who march around the town for seven days searching for Longinus. The festival is characterized by colorful Roman costumes, painted masks and helmets, and brightly-colored tunics.

Its highlight is a street play performed on Easter Sunday by penitents wearing large, colorful hand-painted masks carved out of wood.

Reference: worldtravelguide.net / wikipedia.org / wikipilipinas.org / tourism-philippines.com / National Commission for Culture and the Arts  / Moriones 2011 Schedule of Activities





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