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…