DENR: Marinduque Rich in Potential to Become Tourist Haven

BOAC, Marinduque, April 23 (PIA) –  Marinduque, considered to be the “Heart of the Philippines” has a big potential for further tourism development, Mimaropa’s regional environment chief  declared during the recent 14th Philippine Speleological Society National Caving Congress. Environment and Natural Resources Regional Executive Director Oscar Dominguez said Marinduque should be credited for its efforts to maintain peace and order, a critical requirement for tourist destinations.  Apart from its natural wonders – caves, beaches and waters – Marinduque is known for the annual Moriones Festival which was observed last week…

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Last of Moriones Mask Makers Looking For Heirs

Morion Mask. Recognition goes to the owner of this photo. His interpretation was inspired by an actor who played Hercules in a movie that he saw when he was young and that image, he said, was etched forever in his memory. Manay, 70, is the oldest Morion mask maker on the island and the last in Boac town, the provincial capital. In the neighboring town of Mogpog where the Moriones Festival originated lives Salvador “Buddy” Liwanagan, 52, the go-to guy for the more elaborate Morion masks. Unlike Manay’s masks that…

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