5 Things to Do in Marinduque

Go on a heritage tour and explore beautiful beaches

Photography: Tala Singson

Still looking for the perfect place to visit this summer? Go to the island of Marinduque, the geographical center of the country, for a one-of-a-kind experience. Soak up some sun, marvel at intact bahay na bato traditional houses, visit centuries-old churches, and enjoy a plethora of local delicacies.

Just a three-hour ferry ride from the port of Lucena in Quezon, this secret gem in the heart of the Philippines is definitely worth the trip. Here are some things to look forward to if you're visiting Marinduque for the first time:

Walk the streets of Boac

Boac, the capital of Marinduque, had the first visita in 1579 and was then called the Monserrat de Marinduque. Although not declared as a heritage town just yet, it features rows of old houses with captivating details.

Each step will take you back in time as the homes exude an inviting and vintage appeal.

Visit the Boac Cathedral

Also known as The Cathedral of the Immaculate Concepcion, the Boac Cathedral was established in 1792. It features Filipino-Hispanic Gothic architecture.

Most of the original construction are preserved: the façade, the main belfry, and the altar. Take time to admire the stone walls and the elaborate wooden doors. The doors are truly exceptional as it feature the hand-carved four Evangelists.

Dock on the island of Gaspar in the town of Gasan

Take off your shoes, enjoy the view, and feel the sands of Gaspar Island. One of the Tres Reyes islands, Gaspar is the nearest and most beautiful of the three (the two others are named Melchor and Baltazar, after the Three Kings). There are cottages for rent for day trips and small huts that sell food and souvenirs. 

Revel in the faces of the Moriones

Catch the locals dressed as Roman Catholic soldiers in the story of the Passion of the Christ. The Moriones Festival is held once a year during Holy Week. The residents showcase fascinating masks and costumes.

RL Trivia: The first Moriones festival can be traced back to 1870—in the town of Mogpog when the parish priest, Fr. Dionisio Santiago, organized the celebration.

Look around for details that tell a story

Interesting details are found all over the town that you can't help but stop and take photos.

As you go out, walk slowly, and be inspired by the beauty of old architectural motifs, typography on shop signs, and unexpected color bursts.

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