I spent my holy week vacation on this island, my very first solo travel, and for four days I called it my home. Nervous at first indeed but extremely overwhelmed by excitement and the experience that awaits me. And I'm telling you, a 4 Holy Week days stay at Marinduque is worthwhile.
What I discovered
- The Island Of Marinduque - the heart-shaped island is divided into 6 municipalities namely: Boac (its capital), Mogpog, Sta. Cruz, Torrijos, Buenavista, and Gasan.
- Reaching the Island of Marinduque - people may reach the place via air or sea. Its seaports are located at Boac (Cawit Port), Mogpog (Balanacan Port), and Sta. Cruz (Buyabod Port), while its lone airport is located at Gasan (Marinduque Airport). By sea, if you're coming from Luzon Island, the port of Lucena is the gateway to the island. By air, only Zest Airways offers a trip to this island.
|traveling by sea suits best for my budget|
What I did
- Waterfalls Experience - unfortunately for me, I only visited one of the many waterfalls that this island can offer.
|Kawa-kawa Falls of Sta. Cruz|
- Hunted the Morions of Sta. Cruz - during Holy Week, the Moriones festival is celebrated throughout the province. Every town has its own Moriones Festival. Some are traditional and others are festive. The town Sta. Cruz's Moriones Festival is a traditional type.
|a morion at Sta. Cruz|
- Jeepney Topload - Booyeah!!! my very first jeepney topload ride happened here in this island.
|jeepney topload at Mogpog|
- Walk Tour in Boac - exploring a province's capital is a must-do for me.
- Old Church Visit - Marinduque has 2 old churches to offer: the Sta. Cruz Church and the Boac Cathedral
|Sta. Cruz Church's inside|
- Beach Bumming - the white sand beach of Poctoy in Torrijos is an ideal place to do this activity.
|white sand beach of Poctoy, Torrijos|
What I missed
- Gasan and Buenavista - I was not able to exlpore these two western towns of Marinduque.
- The Caves - according to the locals, exploring the caves is not safe during holy week (patay daw kasi si Hesus). So I missed this cave adventure in Bathala Cave, San Isidro Cave, Duyay Cave and Tarug Cave
- The Other Falls - I also missed this waterfalls adventure (same reason as the cave adventure) in Kabugsukan Falls, Bulusukan Falls, Paadjao Falls, and Bagakawa Falls.
- Tres Reyes Island - this group of islands named after Gaspar, Melchor and Baltasar (the tree magi) is found on the town of Gasan.
- Mountain Climbing - still missed the chance of my first mountain climb at Mt. Malindig and reaching the Luzon Datum of 1911.
|view of Mt. Malindig from Poctoy Beach|
What I ate
- Boac Bibingka (Boac) - this is a must-eat bibingka, not the usual taste we have in other parts of the country
- Uraro Cookies (Sta. Cruz) - only in Sta. Cruz, Marinduque, cookies made from Uraro (Arrowroot). My advice, eat it with water on your side (super nakakatuyo ng lalamunan)
- Paho (Sta. Cruz) - this weird food tastes weird too, it's like an ensaladang manggang hilaw but a mapakla version.
|the Marinduqueños love this|
- Dadi (Sta. Cruz) - if there's a "mami", there should also be a "dadi"
|"Dadi" - sadly there's no "anak"|
What I learned
- Traveling solo is fun too, freedom!
- I also learned that all Marinduqueños are good, very friendly and happy people.
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