Sunday, January 13, 2013


Moriones Festival is a festival held on Holy Week on the island Province of Marinduque. The “Moriones” are men and women in costumes and masks replicating the garb of biblical Roman soldiers as interpreted by local folks. 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.

These colorful characters, a parody of Roman soldiers during the time of Christ, are costumed in articles fashioned from clothes to shells, weaves of nito-vines and other indigenous materials limited only by the creativity of its maker. Fierce-looking, often bearded masks of handcarved wood or paper-mache topped by a helmet adorned with multi-hued paper flowers complete the typical morion garb. Painted wooden swords, spears, and shields are considered basic paraphernalia. For a whole week, these pesky figures populate the town's streets: engaging in mock swordfights, playing pranks on children, marching or dancing in groups, doing antics or springing surprises for everyone while safely hiding their identity behind their mask.

One of the highlights of this festival is the Via Crucis, a re-enactment of the suffering of Christ on his way to the Calvary. Men inflict suffering upon themselves by whipping their backs, carrying a wooden cross and sometimes even crucifixion. They see this act as their form of atonement for their sins. This week-long celebration starts on Holy Monday and ends on Easter Sunday.


Moriones Festival 2013 Schedule of Events and Activities in the Capital town of Boac:

MARCH 24, 2013 – PALM SUNDAY
05:00 am – Holy Mass
06:30 am – Holy Mass
07:00 am – Blessing of Palms
              - Hosanahan & Procession (a celebration of Christs Entry to Jerusalem)
08:00 am – Holy Mass
03:00 pm – Holy Mass
04:00 pm – General Station of the Cross

MARCH 25, 2013 – HOLY MONDAY
05:30 am – Holy Mass
07:00 am – Participation in the GRAND PARADE
08:00 am – Pilgrimage
              – Registration of all Morions
10:00 am - Opening of LEGIONS PHOTO EXHIBIT
10:00 am - Opening of the Marinduque Moriones Festival Trade Expo
03:00 pm – Moriones Parade Around the town
06:30 pm – Morions Torch Parade (MISTAH)
07:00 pm – mass & Installation of New MISTAH Members

MARCH 26, 2013 – HOLY TUESDAY
04:00 am – Pagbasa ng Pasyon sa mga Barangay ng Boac
05:30 am – Holy Mass
07:00 am – Pagbasa ng Pasyon
08:00 am – Registration of Morions
              – Visita Iglesia to 7 Parachial Churches in the Province
09:00 am – Morion Parade
04:00 pm – Morion Parade

MARCH 27, 2013 – HOLY WEDNESDAY
05:30 am – Holy Mass
08:00 am – Participation in the GRAND PARADE / Community Parade of Costumes
10:00 am - Maskara Mo, Kulayan Mo
03:00 pm – Sacrament of Confession
              – Morion Parade
04:00 pm – Holy Mass
05:00 pm – Religious Procession
07:00 pm – SENAKULO

MARCH 28, 2013 – MAUNDY THURSDAY
05:00 am – Holy Mass
08:00 am – Chrism Mass / Morion Parade / Battle of the Morions
10:00 am – Maskara Mo, Kulayan Mo
03:00 pm – Morion Parade
05:00 pm – Celebration of the Last Supper & Washing of Apostles Feet
06:00 pm – Start of Vigil at the Blessed Sacrament
07:00 pm – SENAKULO (The Last Supper)


MARCH 29, 2013 – GOOD FRIDAY

09:00 am – Via Crucis (Way of the Cross Re-Enacted along the street of Boac)
10:00 am – Maskara Mo, Kulayan Mo
01:00 pm – The Seven last Words
03:00 pm – Celebration of the Passion of Christ
04:00 pm – Veneration of the Holy Cross
05:00 pm – Religious Procession

MARCH 30, 2013 – BLACK SATURDAY
08:00 am – Survival KAbugsakan
09:00 am – Morion Parade
10:00 am-Maskara Mo, Kulayan Mo
03:00 pm – Morion Parade ( All Morion Groups)
07:00 pm – SENAKULO (The Beheading of Longhinus)
08:00 pm – Torch Parade
09:00 pm – Celebration of the Resurrection of Christ
              - Blessing of Fire and Bonfire

MARCH 31, 2013 – EASTER SUNDAY
04:00 am – SALUBONG ( ritual and dance celebrating the appearance of the Risen Christ before the Blessed Mother
05:00 am – Holy Mass
06:30 am – Holy Mass
08:00 am – Holy Mass
09:00 am – CHASE OF LONGHINUS (Day Version) and Morion Parade
10:00 am – PUGUTAN SA ARAW NG LINGGO NG MULING PAGKABUHAY
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