MARINDUQUE IS celebrating its centennial founding anniversary this week with activities highlighting the island province’s nature destinations and cultural heritage beyond its iconic masks that are featured during the annual Moriones Festival. “(T)he province is putting its best foot forward with the wide array of festivities to showcase its rich cultural heritage, native crafts, language, natural attractions, and the warm character of its people,” Governor Presbitero J. Velasco, Jr. said in a statement from the local tourism office. The unveiling of the plaque for the Boac Cathedral as an Important Cultural Property — declared by the National Museum of the Philippines in December 2018 — kicked off the celebration on Monday. Other events lined up are: launch of the Centennial Monument and the Bantayog-Wika, an initiative of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, and the provincial government, in recognition of Marinduque’s vernacular as among the roots of the national language; an art workshop led by artist Fernando Sena, a native of Gasan town; agro-trade and tourism fair organized by the Marinduque Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Department of Trade and Industry; and the 4×4 Offroad Jeep Club Philippines National Jamboree opening and the Centennial Heritage Tour, which will both go around the province’s tourist spots.
Starhorse Shipping Lines operates several roll on-roll off ferry trips daily between the Lucena City port in Quezon and Marinduque.