Boac, Marinduque was our destination in Luzon. It is surrounded by the Tayabas Bay and Sibuyan Sea an island located near Quezon, Mindoro, and Romblon.
We went to Marinduque on a Holy Week and it’s the perfect destination to visit because it’s a one stop destination for anyone who would like to go spiritual/ religious , nature tripping and hiking or just the usual fun at the beach.
This is a week-long celebration that starts on a Holy Monday and culminates on Easter Sunday when the story of Longinus is reenacted. Longinus was one of the Roman soldiers during Jesus Christ cruxificion, if I remember it right he was the one who poked Jesus side to check if he is still alive.
Morion means “mask” or “visor,” a part of the medieval Roman armor which covers the face. Moriones, on the other hand, refers to the masked and costumed penitents who march around the town for seven days searching for Longinus. This week-long celebration starts on Holy Monday and culminates on Easter Sunday when the story of Longinus is reenacted in pantomime. This is a folk-religious festival that re-enacts the story of Longinus, a Roman centurion who was blind in one eye.
The Caves of Bathala are eight interconnected caves namely the Church Cave, Secret Cave, Python Cave, Cemetrey Cave, Lihim Cave, Underground Cave, River Cave and Kay Mendez Cave. It is located in a 19 hectares of land and is run by the locals. If you like to do climbing enjoy the views of different rock formations, stalagmites and stalctites this is the perfect place. The small karts contains more caves that are unnamed and unexplored. The biggest cave is called Kuweba ng Simbahan (Cave of the Church), as it was used for worship. It was believed to be the home of Amang Bathala, the Supreme God of the Tagalogs, the indigenous inhabitants of the Philippines. The cave is big enough for 100 people.
Beautiful waterfalls can be discovered all over the island just ask the locals and they will lead you to different waterfalls all worthy to visit.
Virgin White Beaches
When we visited the place there were no resort available just huts around the beach area made by the residents themselves. The sand was white but not as pure as Boracay. The water is very clear and not commercialized yet. It was fun to see the fishermen at nighttime too.
There were talks about developing the area into a top tourist destination. It’s been 7 years since I’ve been there I don’t know if the development pushed through since there were lots of natural calamities that hit the province after our trip. I heard until now they haven’t recovered. The Marcopper mining was also popular in the area before, but because of some chemical poisoning it was closed.I went home invigorated and the post partum was gone, I am energized and ready to take any challenge of motherhood up to now. I am a firm believer of time-outs and time-alone. It’s not bad to take a time for yourself when you feel you are about to break down. It will not only be good for you but to your child and your family too.