Marinduque is an island province in the Philippines located in Southwestern Tagalog Region or MIMAROPA. It is known to be the “Heart of the Philippines” because of its shape, and also because it’s located at the center just like a heart.
I once traveled to Marinduque and all I can say is, it really felt like home. The warm welcome of the locals are incredible and since I’m into vintage stuff, Marinduque became my paradise.
I stayed at Boac, the capital of Marinduque and notice how beautiful the ancestral houses were. It’s like I’m travelling through time by just looking at those houses; imagining how many families lived there and how many happy memories were made there. Old but gold as they say, those houses may be ancient but I’m definitely sure that it’s rich in history.
There is also a popular spot in Marinduque called, Kusina sa Plaza – Casa De Don Emilio, that I highly recommend. They offer good food at an affordable price, the ambiance is really great, and the staff there are very friendly and accommodating.
My visit to Marinduque also became memorable because I’m very lucky to experience their unique ceremony called “Putong or Tubong”. “Putong” (means to crown), is a song of thanksgiving, hope and prayer for a long, blessed life. It is performed occasionally by the locals to welcome and honor visitors.
During the ceremony, the local performers usually wear Saya and Barong, they also bring flower baskets, coins, palm leaves, and crowns that will be placed on the visitor’s head.
In my case, the Putong ceremony was performed by students from Marinduque National High School, and as they sing and dance, I felt their love and pride for their hometown. It’s amazing that at their very young age, they already adopt their traditions wholeheartedly.
Marinduque is also known for their Moriones Festival which is held every Holy Week. The “Moriones” are men and women in costumes and masks replicating the garb of biblical Roman soldiers as interpreted by local folks. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to experience it but it will definitely be on my bucket list.
Beside from these amazing stuff, Marinduque also offers incredible beaches such as Poctoy White Beach, Aroma beach, and many more. But what really caught my attention was Marinduque’s very own Palad Sandbar. I mean, this sandbar is truly a dreamland to all beach lovers. But take note, Palad sandbar only appears during low tide hours from 6AM-8AM and 3PM-6PM, which makes it very special.
Marinduque is a simple and worthy place to go. It’s very rich in history and the island is just amazing. But do you know what makes it more incredible? It’s the people living there.
Their love for their hometown is remarkable. They proudly kept their tradition and pass it to the next generation to make sure that it will last. They protect and take care of their environment because they know it’s their responsibility, and lastly, they welcome visitors with their warm smiles.
No wonder it’s called the “Heart of the Philippines” because it’s the place where the nicest people live. How I wish that we can be like them, being thankful for all the simple things that they have and embracing their traditions.
So if you’re planning to visit and experience it for yourself, you better pack your bags now, leave your gadgets for a while and explore the beautiful Heart of the Philippines, Marinduque Island.