Moriones Festival 2014 in Marinduque: Schedule of Activities

In the province of Marinduque, you will be able to witness its major tourist attraction during Lenten Season- the Moriones Festival, which set to happen on April 13 - 20, 2014.


Moriones Festival is annual religious event held on Holy Week, where men and women in costumes and masks replicating the garb of biblical Roman soldiers. The festival starts from Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Sunday.




Marinduque’s Moriones Festival is one of the Philippines colourful festivals featuring Moriones or Moryonan that roam the streets in town to engage with the people. This activity is a folk-religious festival that re-enacts the story of Saint Longinus, a Roman centurion who was blind in one eye.

Most of participants in this festival wear mask" or "visor," a part of the medieval Roman armor which covers the face. They get the attention of the people by scaring them with their scary mask. 

One of the highlights of this festival is called Via Crucis held every Good Friday. It is a re-enactment of the suffering of Christ on his way to the calvary. There are volunteer men inflict suffering upon themselves by whipping their backs, carrying a wooden cross and sometimes even crucifixion.

This event specifically happened in town of Sta. Cruz, Buenavista, Torrijos, Gasan, Boac and Mogpog.

Moriones  Festival 2014  Schedule of Activities

APRIL 13, 2014 - PALM SUNDAY
5:00 am - Holy Mass
6:30 am - Holy Mass
7:00 am - Blessing of Palms| Hosanahan and Procession (a celebration of Christs Entry to Jerusalem)
8:00 am - Holy Mass
3:00 pm - Holy Mass
4:00 pm - General Station of the Cross

APRIL 14, 2014 - HOLY MONDAY
5:30 am - Holy Mass
7:00 am - Participation in the GRAND PARADE
8:00 am - Pilgrimage | Registration of all Morions                                                              
10:00 am-Opening of LEGIONS PHOTO EXHIBIT
10:00 am-Opening of the Marinduque Moriones Festival Trade Expo
3:00 pm  - Moriones Parade Around the town
6:30 pm - Morions Torch Parade (MISTAH)
7:00 pm - mass and Installation of New MISTAH Members

APRIL 15, 2014 - HOLY TUESDAY
4:00 am - Pagbasa ng Pasyon sa mga Barangay ng Boac
5:30 am - Holy Mass
7:00 am - Pagbasa ng Pasyon
8:00 am - Registration of Morions | Visita Iglesia to 7 Parachial Churches in the Province
9:00 am - Morion Parade
4:00 pm - Morion Parade

APRIL 16, 2014 - HOLY WEDNESDAY
5:30 am - Holy Mass
8:00 am - Participation in the GRAND PARADE | Community Parade of Costumes                   
10:00 am - Maskara Mo, Kulayan Mo
3:00 pm - Sacrament of Confession | Morion Parade
4:00 pm - Holy Mass
5:00 pm - Religious Procession
7:00 pm - SENAKULO

APRIL 17, 2014 - MAUNDY THURSDAY
5:00 am - Holy Mass
8:00 am - Chrism Mass  | Morion Parade | Battle of the Morions
10:00 am-Maskara Mo, Kulayan Mo
3:00 pm - Morion Parade
5:00 pm - Celebration of the Last Supper & Washing of Apostles Feet
6:00 pm - Start of Vigil at the Blessed Sacrament
7:00 pm - SENAKULO (The Last Supper)

APRIL 18, 2014  - GOOD FRIDAY
9:00 am - Via Crucis (Way of the Cross Re-Enacted along the street of Boac)
10:00 am-Maskara Mo, Kulayan Mo
1:00 pm -The Seven last Words
3:00 pm - Celebration of the Passion of Christ
4:00 pm - Veneration of the Holy Cross
5:00 pm - Religious Procession

APRIL 19, 2014  - BLACK SATURDAY
8:00 am - Survival Kabugsakan
9:00 am - Morion Parade
10:00 am-Maskara Mo, Kulayan Mo
3:00 pm - Morion Parade ( All Morion Groups)
7:00 pm - SENAKULO (The Beheading of Longhinus)
8:00 pm - Torch Parade
9:00 pm - Celebration of the Resurrection of Christ  | Blessing of Fire and Bonfire

APRIL 20, 2014 - EASTER SUNDAY
4:00 am - SALUBONG ( ritual and dance celebrating the appearance of the Risen Christ before the Blessed Mother
5:00 am - Holy Mass
6:30 am - Holy Mass
8:00 am - Holy Mass
9:00 am - CHASE OF LONGHINUS (Day Version) and Morion Parade
10:00 am- PUGUTAN SA ARAW NG LINGGO NG MULING PAGKABUHAY

NOTE: This schedule was based from last year’s schedule of activities.  These are subject to change once released by the festival organizers.

photos credit to Moriones Festival Facebook Page

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