Legend has it that the island of Marinduque was formed as a consequence of a tragic love affair between two people: Mariin and Gatduke. Mariin’s father, a local chieftain, did not approve of this affair and ordered the beheading of Gatduke. Before this could be done, the couple sailed out to sea and drowned themselves, forming the island now called Marinduque. During the Spanish and early American occupations, Marinduque was part of Balayan Province (now Batangas) in the 16th century, Mindoro in the 17th century, and had a brief period as an independent province in 1901, when the Americans arrived. During the Philippine-American War, Marinduque was the first island to have American concentration camps. Marinduque is the site of the Battle of Pulang Lupa, where 250 Filipino soldiers under Colonel Maximo Abad, defeated a smaller force of 54 American Infantrymen. Col. Abad surrendered in 1901.
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Traditions and Beliefs
Putong: done through song and dance is indigenous only to the province. Guests are crowned and showered with flowers for good health and and money for good luck. Female penitents of Gasan wearing papua leaves during Holy Week.
Marinduque is resided by various religious groups, with Catholics belonging to the Latin Rite predominantly making up the greatest number with 70%. The Aglipayan Church has 25% of the population and the rest belongs to the different denominations such as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Iglesia ni Cristo, Members Church of God International (popularly called Ang Dating Daan) and various Mainline Protestant denominations which include Assemblies of God, Baptists, JIL, Methodists, Presbyterian, and Seventh-day Adventist Church (SDA).
Haring Karabaw Festival:an indigenous festival of Sta. Cruz celebrating the feast of The Three Kings. Moriones Festival:Holy Week celebration centered on the reenactment of the Christ’s Passion and Resurrection, covering the entire duration of the Lenten Season, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. Kangga Festival:Celebrated on May in honor of the town of Mogpog’s patron saint, San Isidro de Labrador. Kalutang:a band native only in Marinduque where rhythm resembles a cross between a marimba ang castanets and generally classified as concussion idiophones. Kalesayahan sa Gasan:held every August 20 during the celebration of Gasan Day. Gasang-Gasang Festival:features colorful streetdancers of Gasan on Easter Sunday. Bila-Bila Festival:a Boac town fiesta festivity participated by streetdancers with costumers depicting butterflies. The event is highlighted by a contest for the best group performers.
· Boac Cathedral · Maniwaya Island · Poctoy White Beach · Marinduque Hot Spring · Tres Reyes marine Sanctuary · Mt. Malindig · Mongpong Islet · Paadjao Falls · Bagumbungan Falls · Natangco Islet · Battle of Pulang Lupa Marker · Malbog Sulfur Spring · WHS Bauuterfly Farm · Marinduque Wildlife Sanctuary · Bathala Caves · Luzon Datum
· Bibingka (bibingka lalaki) · Tuba · Kalamay-hati · Arrowroot cookies
By air • Currently, Marinduque is served by direct flights to-and-from Manila by Air Juan. The Marinduque Airport is located in Barangay Masiga, roughly between Gasan and Boac. By water • Montenegro Lines — plying the sea routes from Dalahican Pier in Barangay Talao-Talao in Lucena City to Marinduque via Balanacan Port in Mogpog. • Star Horse Shipping Lines — plying the sea routes from Talao Talao Port in Lucena City to Balanacan, Marinduque. • JAC Liner Inc. serves a direct bus route from Cubao in Quezon City to Marinduque via roll-on/roll-off ship.
Seaports and Airports
Airport • Marinduque Airport- located at Brgy. Masiga, Gasan, Marinduque. Seaport Balanacan Pier- located at Balanacan, Mogpog, Marinduque.