Marinduque, an island shaped like a heart, holds the endearing moniker “Heart of the Philippines” or Puso ng Pilipinas.
In a charming twist of fate, the island claims the role of the geographic center of the archipelago, a significance underscored by a venerable stone marker. This remarkable monument, alternatively recognized as the Luzon Datum of 1911 or Station Balanacan, finds its perch in Barangay Hinanggayon, within the town of Mogpog. Its lofty abode atop a hill, locally referred to as MataasnaBundok, adds to its prominence.
The Luzon Datum stands as the cornerstone for all geological surveys across the Philippines, wielding its influence as the pivotal point from which the nation’s maps and surveys originate.