The Moriones festival is held in the island of Marinduque. This weeklong celebration re-enacts the story of Longinus in pantomime. Morion means mask, which is a part of medieval Roman armor that covers the face. The celebration starts on Holy Monday and ends on Easter Sunday.
The festival is given life by the colorful Roman warrior costumes, painted masks and helmets, and brightly colored tunics. Various islands that comprise Marinduque becomes one gigantic stage for this festival.
Although the moriones festival is considered a celebration, Marinduque still honors the Lenten season through the traditional way. A pabasa or the reading of Christ’s passion in verse is still entailed.
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.
The Moriones festival is a way to bring back people closer to god. An event that shouldn’t be missed; set off to the island of Marinduque and join tourists, natives and locals in the Lenten season to honor God and to enjoy the festivities after a week of humbleness.