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…

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…

Marinduque rally gainst mine waste deal

Lucena City – More than a thousand people held a rally on Monday in Boac, Marinduque province, to protest a $20-million deal being offered to the province  as compensation for the 1996 mine waste spill that killed the Boac River and its tributaries and is considered the country’s worst mining disaster. Boac Councilor Rolando Larracas, in a phone interview, said the offer was “gravely disadvantageous to the people who have long been suffering from the environment destruction left by their past mining operation.” The $20 million take-it-or-leave-it package was offered…

PPA Calls On Bidders For Three Port Devts Worth PHP176M

Port of Laylay in Boac, Marinduque The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) is setting aside P176 million to for seaport development in Bohol, Marinduque, and Surigao del Norte. Nearly P59 million will be spent to build a passenger terminal building at the Port of Tagbilaran in Bohol, while P73.5 million will be used to construction a wharf, a roll-on roll-off (Roro) ramp, and a back-up area at the Port of Balanacan in Mogpog, Marinduque, the port regulator said in an invitation to bid. PPA said investors have until April 14 to…

Newly Developed Eco-Tourism Park in Marinduque to Generate Jobs, Livelihood

Floating nipa hut just right for fishing bangus and cooking by yourselves.Credit goes to the owner of the photo. BOAC, Marinduque, January 12 (PIA) – Investing in local tourism is a sound decision, if authorities want to reduce unemployment.Led by Governor Carmencita Reyes, the provincial government is developing proto-types of community-based rural tourism that will create jobs and open livelihood opportunities in all barangays. The latest model was the CARMEN (Center for Agricultural Research and Enterprise Network) Eco-Tourism Adventure Park in Sta. Cruz Town. More than half of the park’s…