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Marinduque

Posted by on Jun 5th, 2009
Filed Under: Featured, Luzon, Marinduque

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Marinduque

Marinduque is an island province at the geographical center of the Philippines touted as an accessible and affordable alternative to Boracay. Find yourself embracing nature’s innate beauty and basking in the island’s rich and colorful history and cultural heritage without the hassle of distance and cost.

Marinduque. What do we usually know of it? Usually, this island province is associated with the Moriones Festival, the trademark revelry and tourist magnet of the island. For some, Marinduque is also a reminder of a grim past when mining was an important industry in the island – an industry which took a toll on its environment and locals. But there is more to Marinduque than just Moriones and mining. It is a treasure trove of suprising and awesome finds.

The island province of Marinduque is part of the MIMAROPA Region (Region IV-B) of the Philippines situated some 11 miles (18 kilometers) from the capital Manila. It lies in the northern portion of the Sibuyan Sea, bounded by Quezon Province in the north and east, by Mindoro Island and Batangas Province in west and Romblon Province to the south. This island of volcanic origin has a population of almost 230,000 (as of 2007) and is sub-divided into six municipalities: Boac (the capital), Mogpog, Gasan, Buenavista, Torrijos, and Santa Cruz.


Philippines Marinduque Moriones Festival
Moriones Festival
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The locals owe the origins and the name of the island to the legend of Marina and Garduke – two lovers whose romance ended tragically. It is said that Garduke, a prince from the nearby kingdom of Balayan (now Batangas) fell in love with Marina, the daughter a local chieftain the kingdom of Tayabas. Their parents were opposed to their love and so they sought to elope by going out to sea where they perished and eventually their remains formed the island which bears their names.

Historically, though, the name Marinduque came from the Latinization of local place names by the Spanish who found it hard to pronounce Tagalog. When the Spanish at the command of Martin de Goiti and Juan Salcedo arrived at Marinduque in 1569 after a successful conquest of Mindoro and Romblon, they caught sight of island’s tallest point, Mt. Malindig. After conquering the island province, they named it after Mt. Malindig whose name they Latinized for better pronunciation. Since the 17th century, Marinduque has been part of Mindoro province (the two still has cultural links today as evidenced by an existing trade route between Gasan and Pinamalayan town in Mindoro Oriental). But it also forged relations with the nearby Quezon province and the islands in Romblon. During the American period, it finally enjoyed independence as a separate province. It became witness to the wartime struggles during the Filipino-American War (1899-1902) particularly in the Battle of Pulang Lupa between Col. Maximo Abad and Capt. Deverieux Shields, and during the Second World War wherein the province was known for its stiff resistance to Japanese imperialism.

Today, Marinduque is known for farming, fishing and tourism, the last being seen as the next catalyst for development in the province. One industry that bloomed in the island in the past is mining. However, the industry came to a halt during the Marcopper Mining Disaster of 1995 when mining company Marcopper allowed at least 80 million metric tons of copper mine tailings to leak into the Boac River and into the sea destroying the island’s vast network of marine life and endangering the lives of almost 4,500 locals who thrive in the rivers and seas for their livelihood. But more than a decade since the disaster, the island is struggling to rise up from its past through endeavors in tourism. In the 90s up to the present, the island gained popularity among tourists for its annual Moriones Festival (see article on Moriones Festival). However, in recent years, the six towns of Marinduque have also adopted new forms of celebrations and revelries to cater to the influx of local and foreign visitors. Two of these festivals are the Kangga Festival in Mogpog and Bila-Bila Festival in Boac.

Hospitality and friendliness are a common trait among Marinduquenos. Local and foreign tourists alike are treated to a warm and generous welcome called putong (which literally means crowning or crown) wherein crowns are placed at new-comers together with the traditional singing and dancing, giving of palms and coin tosses to attract good luck for visitors. Each village has come up with its own version of the putong in recent years. In some areas, the putong is even thought to have healing effects on the sick.


The Best of Marinduque


Marinduque is a treasure trove of exquisite natural beauty. This island of 370 square miles is dotted with various white sand beaches, well-preserved diving sites, enchanting caves, rejuvenating hot springs and tranquil islets that provide for the perfect getaway. The best beaches in island can be found in Boac, in the barangays of Balaring, Caganhao, Cawit, Ihatub and Laylay. The fine white sand beach in Barangay Poctoy in Torrijos town is breath-taking, as well as the beaches at Maniwaya Island in Sta.Cruz town. Most of these beaches are situated in local resorts and spas which offer rooms for tourists at affordable rates. Some resorts also have equipment for watersports such as snorkeling, windsurfing and diving.


Philippines Marinduque Poctoy White Beach
Poctoy White Beach
Photo by Nicklai

Being an island of volcanic origin, hot springs are a common feature in the island. The hot springs of Malbog in Buenavista town offers tourists a rejuvenating experience similar to that of Beppu in Japan and Los Banos in Laguna. Hot spring resorts in the area offer swimming pools warmed by hot water from underground, cottages, rooms and camping grounds for campers. The waters from these springs are said to be of medicinal qualities, perfect for health conscious individuals. If you are not into springs, you can also try the island’s crystal clear waterfalls. Bulusukan Falls in Barangay Bagtingon, Buenavista is nestled in a natural forest inhabited by endemic butterflies. Paadjao Cascades in Barangay Bocboc, Mogpog, meanwhile offers a trek to the source of its refreshing water.

Caves are also a natural feature of the island. Spelunking enthusiasts may find Bathala Caves in Sta. Cruz and Tarug Caves in Mogpog a thrilling experience as the local legend add to the enchantment of these subterranean masterpieces. For diving enthusiasts, the best dive sites in the island can be found in Buenavista town in the vicinity of the Tres Reyes Islands, three uninhabited islets named after the three Magi. Another majestic dive site is the waters in the vicinity of Polo, Maniwaya and Mongpong Islands in Sta. Cruz. For history buffs, you might find a tour of the various Spanish era churches, the site of the Battle of Pulang Lupa and the Luzon Datum of 1911 (a 1906 USGS marker signifying the center of the Philippines) intriguing.


Philippines Marinduque Minuaya Island
Minuaya, Tropical Island: An Island off the northeastern coast of Marinduque. This island is in the Mongpong passage — the body of water between Marinduque and the town of Gen. Luna, province of Quezon. Mongpong pass is just east of Tayabas Bay, and just north of the Sibuyan Channel — north of the Visayan group of islands.
Photo by storm-crypt


Why Not Go


If you are a tourist looking for good company and awesome nightlife in a tourist destination, then Marinduque is not the place for you. There are no clubs, bars and discos in the island to enjoy. There is limited access to water sports as not all resorts offer such amenities. If you can find a resort that has one then good for you; But if not then you might want to consider before going. The roads are not good in Marinduque although it stretches through out the whole island. If you plan to bring a vehicle or commute, you might find the land and sea travel uneasy.


Why Go


This is the closest thing to Boracay or Palawan that you can find affordable and closest to Manila. With the wide array of activities in store for you, you can’t get wrong with your decision. Accommodations are flexible as you have a spectrum of places to choose from beginning with the affordable to the high-end. The locals are friendly and easy to get along with – a big advantage for those who want to embrace to local history and culture.


Best Time to Visit


For most tourists who want to see the Moriones Festival, the best time to go to Marinduque is during the Lenten Season which usually starts in the Philippines at the last week of March or the first week of April. The height of the festival usually occurs around this time wherein all the six municipalities showcase their own version of the festival. After Lent, the months of April and May are also witness to other festivals such as the Kangga, the Gasang-Gasang and the May Flower Festival. History and culture appear more vibrant and colorful at this point in time. Also, airline and ferry fares usually go cheaper at this time of the year to cater to the influx of tourists.


Where to Stay


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There is a spectrum of places to choose from in Marinduque, from the high-end to the affordable. For tourists who just want to splurge on their money, try the newly-opened 6-star Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa located at Elephant Island (formerly Isla Perro) in Buenavista town. Guests are treated in this resort in a very Mediterranean way that resembles the vibe of the Greek island of Santorini. Amenities include seaside pools and Jacuzzis, a 9-hole golf course, a function/dining hall and bar. From the Marinduque airport, guests are transported to the island via a private yacht or helicopter. Rooms and terraces cost from $350-1,100 (food not included). For reservations you can call (+632) 817-4211/ (+632) 328-8831 or email info@bellaroccaresorts.com. For tourists who are keen on keeping their budget, there are affordable choices. Eastpoint Hotel by the Sea: (042) 332-22-29 and the Boac Hotel: (042) 332-1121 or 332-2065 (both in Boac) offer air-conditioned rooms with toilet and bath, WI-FI service, function halls and coffee shops. Rooms should be around P600-1500 a night. There are also other affordable resorts, inns and hotels in all six municipalities.


Where & What to Eat


There are many restaurants, cafes and bakeshops in Boac, Sta. Cruz and Torrijos that serve Filipino food. Most hotels also do catering to guests for an additional fee. You can try their own version of dinuguan (pork meat cooked in chicken/pig blood) which includes a hint of coconut milk. Try the tasty uraro (arrow root) cookies as snacks and souvenirs. But for visitors with a very discriminating palate, two restaurants in Gasan offer a variety of dishes. Barbarossa Pub (042) 342-1383 serves international cuisine while Ristorante D’I Jose (042)342-1426 serves Italian and Chinese aside from the usual Filipino cuisine.


Nightlife


There are various drinking establishments in Marinduque especially in Boac that mostly cater to the locals. There are also karaoke pubs scattered around town. But there no clubs and bars that feature dancing and revelry. So if you are looking for nightlife here, you might find yourself disappointed.


My to do List



Philippines Moriones Festival
Moriones Festival
Photo by ompoint59

1. See the Moriones Festival and don the costumes of the Roman soldiers.
2. Go diving at Poctoy Beach in Torrijos.
3. For mountaineers, scale the heights of the tallest mountain here, Mt. Malindig.
4. Go island hopping at Balanacan Bay in Mompog.
5. Snorkel around the waters of the Tres Reyes Islands.
6. Dip into the hot springs of Malbog in Buenavista.
7. Join the ritual putong and discover its healing effects.
8. Enjoy the exclusive first class treatment of Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa.
9. Buy uraro cookies as souvenirs.
10. Take a historical tour of the Marinduque churches.


Stay Away From


Marinduque is one of the safest places in the country with an almost zero crime rate. However, this no reason to don your prized possessions in public so refrain from doing so. At the port of Balanacan in Mompog, avoid entrusting your luggage to non-official luggage handlers as you might end up losing your luggage. When traveling, never trust drivers who offer you a ride around Marinduque for a steep price. Always ask and negotiate for fares before agreeing to board a vehicle. Never leave your valuables inside your hotel room when you plan to go out and stroll.


Getting There


BY AIR – Zest Air (formerly Asian Spirit) offers affordable flights from Manila to Marinduque four times a week with discounted fees ranging from almost P500-P1300 and regular rates for P1400-P4200. Travel time is around 45 minutes.

BY LAND AND SEA – From Araneta Bus Terminal in Cubao take buses that leave for Talao-Talao Port in Lucena City, Quezon. The fare should be around P140-P160. If you are bound for the eastern side of the island, take a ferry for Buyabod Port in Sta. Cruz. If you are bound for the western side of the island, take a ferry for Balanacan Port in Mompog. Fares should be around P350-500. If you plan to take a vehicle, you can load it up a roll on-roll off (RORO) ferry. Montenegro Shipping has a 4-storey RORO that leaves Lucena for Cawit port in Boac daily.

BY BUS (DIRECT ROUTE) – Jac Liner Incorporated, the biggest bus operator in Southern Tagalog offers direct bus routes from their terminals in Kamias, Quezon City and Buendia, Pasay to Buenavista, Marinduque. For reservations call (02) 404-2073.

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Epi Fabonan is a history teacher with a wide array of background on local history and geography. He loves to travel and document his adventures through photo-essays, slideshows and short films.

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120 Responses to “Marinduque”

  1. Cagpo says:

    Poctoy has some decent sized boats for rental, of course, all negotiable, just contact Russell or Annabelle at Poctoy, White beach. It of course depends on what your looking for and what is available. Their are many possibilities for boat rental on Marinduque. Of course, i think your in Gasan side anyhow. :)

    Have a pleasant time on Marinduque!

  2. angelo rodelas says:

    My father is a Marinduqueño and they’re now staying there. Last Dec 2009, I went there for my christmas vacation. Instead of taking Dalahican(Lucena) – Balancan Trip I went to Gen. Luna (where my nanay was born and where most of my relative lives). fro there ill just take a 2-hour boat ride to sta. cruz marinduque.

    It so happened that my nanay(mother) had to take my niece and nephew for gen. luna for their vacation. So we decided to visit my grandmother and some other relatives. We stayed for three days and went back to mariduque via catanuan. Sad thing is their is no boat that will take us directly to sta. cruz. (Grrr) I told my nanay to go back and leave tomorrow, but someone told us that they will be going to sta cru, but have to stop over Mongpong island. I insist nope, but my nanay really wants to go.

    On our way, because it;s 2PM, the waves are getting bigger but still okay. Wow, when i saw Mongpong Island. All I can say is WOW. We were advise to wait, in one of the house, so i got some time to take view of the island. and how. the shore is really white. as in.

    Mongpong has a white seashore. But, it’s not sand. Yup! It’s actually shells. as in white shells. “It got me singing like… Pearly shells in the seashore, shining in the sand, cover the shore.” yeah….

    Your have to visit marinduque specially take some view on Monpong ISland. Its really great.

    Haba ng comment noh. hehehe. Im now a fan of you site…

  3. Guy says:

    Hi Angelo, we will be in Marinduque on Thursday and will take note of your suggestion about Mogpong Island then let you know if we became fans as well.

    Cheers!

  4. dada says:

    was lookong for bellrocca resort pero wala lumalabas na website nila,hirap naman mag hanap ng maganda resort here in the pinas kaya siguro nawawala na ang tourism natin eh

    • Chito says:

      dada,

      It might be that you were searching for bellarocca under an erroneous spelling. I easily found it in Google by entering “bellarocca” in the search field. You can try it now.

      In any case, I would disagree with your sweeping generalization that Tourism in the Philippines is on the decline. If anything, it has never been at the heights where it is now. There has never been an easier time to travel around the country than the present time.

      There are a LOT of resorts in this country that can be classified as “maganda”. If your main problem is some difficulty in looking for a good resort, then you can probably just ask some help from those who have better Google skills.

  5. Guy says:

    Hi, been here in Marinduque since the last week of May and enjoying ourselves tremendously. First stop was a 4-day stay at Eastpoint Hotel, met Charlin and her family and was very impressed with the hospitality extended to us, very Pinoy talaga and my husband Trev was quite overwhelmed and cannot fully believed that people you just met will in fact invite you to their family reunion in a drop of a hat.

    At first not very impressed with the beach between Boac and Gasan as it is very pebbly and in the afternoons at low tide, the locals come out to harvest some local edible snails, sorry, forgot the local name, on the reef that looks very dead and mossy but when we went for a walk one morning, the tide was in and the beach was transformed! It looked so good that we even swam in the clear warm water.

    Must mention here that the lady who runs Eastpoint showed us a documentary on Marinduque showcasing all the attractions of each municipality and very educational. They also have free wi-fi. Also durig our stay here, we went to Barbarosa (western style) restaurant in Gasan and again, were impressed with the food. We met a few expats living in the area at this restaurant and got some tips on where to stay.

    From Eastpoint Hotel, we headed to Marinduque Hot Springs in Buenavista and I must say, it is a must to visit. While staying there, we met Francis who was hired to improve this neglected resort formerly named Susana hot springs. It now has 3 different sized pools and plenty of nipa huts for picnics. There were plenty of day and night ‘bathers’ and a bigger pool is being planned to be built and ready by December this year. While at the hot springs we were able to check out the Curba Grill and resto bar and Chito was right, the restaurant is very nice and located on the first floor so you can see all the surrounding fields, catch the fresh breeze and the music and food make this joint another ‘must’ visit place, try their special lomi and you will come back for more.

    From the hot springs we went to Torrijos and stayed at Marilou’s homestay in Poctoy. She owns a very secluded property in the northern end of White Beach where she rents out a 2-br cottage where you have your own piece of paradise. The property has its own white sandy cove with plenty of coconut palms for shade and loads of fruit bearing mango trees yours for the picking. While staying here we saw about half a dozen coconut crabs coming out of the barbecue area full of dried coconut shells and wow, they look very prehistoric and impressive. On our first day here, it rained heavily in the afternoon, so much so that we were able to have a shower in the rain and shampoo our hair, what a treat! Also, there were 2 tukos and loads of geckos coming out at night to eat all the bugs attracted by our light and they are entertaining enough that we are not missing cable TV.

    During our first weekend here, friends from Manila came with a vehicle which we are able to use and circumnavigated the island. We headed west from Boac to Gasan, Buenavista and took the coast road to Torrijos to see Elephant island – Bella Roca, sadly, the road on this stretch is not paved and very rocky and dusty, don’t know what it will be like once the rain starts! No wonder, Bella Roca have their own helicopter and speed boat to ferry their guests as no one will come back if they have to travel this road. Then off to Sta Cruz which I must say is not very impressive either and before we know it we were back in Boac and did not notice Mogpog.

    Having said all that, we are very impressed with the island as a whole, the locals are very friendly and helpful and are now seriously looking to buy our own piece of this paradise. White beach is nice but very pricey and we found that supply of fresh water could be a problem so we are now concentrating on the beachfront properties between Gasan and Buenavista. Wish us luck!!!!

  6. Dear Guy: I am glad to hear you had a grand time in MDQ. Good luck on your search for a beach property between Gasan and Buenavista. I believe there are several lots available and are much cheaper than beach properties between Boac and Gasan. You could have pass by Chateau DU Mer and ask for a quick tour of the facility and see my orchids collection. My caretaker informed me that due to the drought on the months of March and April, most of plants looks dehydrated except for the orchids. Anyway, next time you visit MDQ, passed by CDM and just say hello! Thank you for sharing your experiences on your first visit to the Island. If you do not mind, may I quote you on your impressions of this visit in one of my blogs. Cheers and good luck again in your search!

  7. Guy says:

    Hi David,

    Thanks for the invitation, we will definitely come and visit your orchids collection, we have passed by your CDM gate on our numerous jeepney rides and will stop next time we are back in MDQ. I don’t mind at all if you quote me on your blogs, very happy if you do and you’ll never know, we could be neighbours soon!

    My husband Trev has now created a blog on our travel journal around the islands which so far only includes Mindoro and MDQ and Manila which I have included below, please feel free to visit and let us know if you have further comments.

    http://trevorkloeden.wordpress.com/2010/06/

    Cheers,

    Guy

  8. Hi Guy and Trevor: I enjoy reading Trevor’s travelogue. Since Trevor’s is Aussie, he may want to meet another Aussie who has a beach house ( Cagpo Beach Club) in Cagpo,Torrijos. I have not meet him, but corresponded with him on line as what we are doing. He seemed like an intelligent person and also is married to a Marinduquena from Torrijos. I hope to meet both you and Trevor in person soon.

  9. Cagpo says:

    Hi David, you are correct, Club Cagpo is Australian indeed :) . We actually dropped by CDM on one of our trips around the island early this year with everyone, but sadly you where not their at the time. Maybe next time mate. Actually, he is married to a Filipina originally from Quezon City. They both live in between Cagpo, Torrijos and Australia, with Harry now spending most of the year running Club Cagpo. Just thought i would clear that up. I am sure you guys will meet sometime soon :)

    Regards from us at Club Cagpo,
    Take care

  10. I am looking forward to meet Harry and His wife. I will be in Amoingon next year from January to April, so perhaps that is the time you can drop by Chateau Du Mer. Cheers!

  11. lani Mercado says:

    i really appreciate your beautiful province, and im so amazed, coz there are lot of beautiful spots, i want to go in that place,,
    ;0

  12. Kimberly L. Jardeleza says:

    Thank you for featuring our wonderful province. Just would like to correct sir, it’s “Mogpog” not Mompog. =)

  13. jansen says:

    There’s more beautiful island place than Mogpog, it’s Maniwaya island an island next to Mogpog. Maniwaya has white sand beaches, crystal clear water and fine sugarlike sand compare to Mogpog which is rocky and has gray sand beaches. The island is still unexplored and there’s lot of interesting places to see. There’s the “Palad island”, which comes out during low tide and hide itself during high tide. Snorkling and diving is best in this place with lots of colorful starfish, corals and colorful rocks. The weather is super cold and mostly windy especially during months of December up to February. The place is definitely enchanted because after you visit the place you will always like to come back again.

  14. Guy says:

    Hi David,

    Are you now back in CDM? We are currently staying in Bacong-bacong and would love to meet you sometime, either at your place or have a drink at Barbarossa.

    My cell no. 0906 504 9130, you can text me anytime.

    Cheers,

    Guy

  15. Thon says:

    Hi Guys,

    For me Marinduque is the best place to relax. Experience the Bathala Cave in Sta.Cruz Marinduque, and snokeling in their under water is so amazing.. Especially the Moriones Festival. Wow Marinduque!!! The Heart and the Center of the Country.

    Astig….

    Go and Experince it too !!!

  16. Jeff says:

    Nope! Not for me. I’ve been based out of manila for many years and toured throughout S.E. Asia but the Philippines is the only country I’ve ever encountered where they quote different rates for locals and “foreigners”. There’s the common perception that foreigners have tons of money and are constantly targeted and overcharged. Aside from my basic needs here I’ll never consider a resort destination there. It’s a third world country striving to become a fifth world country. The infrastructure is approaching meltdown and the accomodations, food and hospitality are totally uninspiring.

    • Scott says:

      Hi Jeff,

      You’ve toured SE Asia and haven’t found they have different rates for locals and foreigners? I can give you numerous places in Indochina, Thailand, China, Burma, hell I can even tell you about places in Australia that do that. Sounds like you were pretty stingy with your travel choices, because I stayed at numerous world class resorts as well as budget accommodations which I will always remember for their charm and quality. Perhaps next time you should stay away from the hooker hotels in Angeles and actually travel the Philippines as the country you describe doesn’t even sound close to the one I travelled extensively and fell in love with.

    • Ryan says:

      Hi Jeff,

      That’s really strange, because I have been going around Asia and pretty much what you said is pure bullshit. I’ve experienced having the ‘foreigner price’ treatment in all of the Southeast Asian (and other Asian countries). I’ve had that in Thailand, in Vietnam, in Cambodia, in Burma and many other countries that I have visited. In fact, it’s more widespread to have those ‘foreigner prices’ in those countries than in the Philippines.

      I’ve been called ‘Hello, Money’ by tea workers in Sri Lanka, ‘Hello One Dollar’ in Cambodia, and ‘Special Price For You’ in Vietnam.

      It’s quite strange, that you based yourself out of Manila and you hated the Philippines and found the hospitality and food uninspiring. If you think the infrastructure is 5th world, you obviously have never been anywhere in Southeast Asia. I have stayed in a room in Brunei where the toilet is built in the middle of the room. Food? Hospitality? You make me laugh.

      Next time, stop pretending you have travelled because obviously you haven’t. And no Jeff, sex tourism do not count.

    • Chito says:

      Scott, Ryan,

      Your replies certainly give a whole new insight to what Jeff’s “basic needs” might be.

      Or should we say, “baser needs”? ;D

    • Charlin says:

      Hello, Jeff

      I’m Filipina from Marinduque and currently residing abroad, but I go home often. My province, although it’s not very clean, especially the markets, but the people are very friendly and welcoming to foreigners. We have several foreigners that settled in my province because it is beautiful and peaceful. Our food are not uninspiring either, you need to learn to adopt and adjust to other culture. I lived in the US for 20 years, and currently in S. Korea, and I learned to eat Korean food (except Kimchi). I had lived in Japan and loved Japanese foods as well. I do agree with you that sometimes they increase the price when they see foreigners, but that doesn’t mean you cannot bargain. Here in Korea, I got smack hard in my back because I touched a jacket that I wanted to check before I buy. Atleast, in my country, salespersons are friendly and easy to work with. Because of poverty, which really not the citizens fault, (and I blame the corrupt government for that), people are trying to make a living. Consider yourself very lucky because you are able to travel around the world, when not too many people can afford to put food on their table.

    • LovelyMenchu says:

      Jeff, that’s a very uncalled comment about my country. I feel so sorry for you coz you just don’t know how to appreciate the beauty of my country. If you ever been to Philippines, maybe you stayed at the wrong place. You can enjoy my country depends on what you are looking for. If you’ve been to other S.E. Asian countries, you must have observed that in Singapore, people don’t smile often, we, Filipinos are the most hospitable and friendly people, and I know my other country men will agree on that. You can stay at a very decent hotel without worrying that your drinking water is contaminated. Even though my country is not rich as yours, whatever country you came from, I don’t give a damn anyway, I love my country and I can’t have someone dissed it! If you don’t have something good to say, then don’t open your mouth. It shows that your mouth is worst than the 5th world country! We don’t need people like you in my country!

  17. Guy says:

    Wow,

    I’ve read jeff’s comments and waited after our visit to Australia for 2 weeks before I have time to answer/comment back, but obviously, not necessary, as per all the comments already posted here.

    I would like to say though that being away for 10 months from Aust, (Sydney especially which was my home for 21 years) and have decided to retire to the Phils, Marinduque in particular, my Aussie husband and I, could not wait to get back to the easy, simple and quiet life of Marinduque and very glad to leave the hustle and bustle of a very nice but very busy Sydney……..

    Life is too short to be forever caught up in traffic and getting stressed if there are more than 2 people in front of you in any queue!

  18. byahera says:

    good morning everyone..i read the comments and i think Marinduque is very interesting place. My bf (aussie) and i traveled a lot here in Australia and Asia specially Philippines…I’m happy coz he is always happy to tell to our friends here in oz about the beautiful islands we have in Philippines. in fact our friends are going to Philippines on July and we are going to el nido palawan.. and when it comes to diving the country may not have the same amount or fishes and corals in great barrier reef but our beaches are better than other beaches in Asia and much the same in Australia pure white sand beaches!

    if you are a real traveler you will appreciate what’s the uniqueness of each country.

    it’s so simple as this.

    IF YOU ARE FROM OTHER COUNTRY AND WANT’S TO TRAVEL TO PHILIPPINES EXPECT TO EXPERIENCE WHAT PHILIPPINES IS. IF YOU CAN’T THEN DON’T TRAVEL!

    i am hoping to visit Marinduque one day.

    cheers!!

    • LovelyMenchu says:

      Hi Byahera, may I add in your post, “…Expect to experience and ACCEPT what PHILIPPINES is. And I thank you for still being a true Pinay! :) God bless.

  19. Aida Natividad says:

    Marinduque is a nice place. I’ve been there twice with my friend Mommy Rose and it was a great experience seeing such a beautiful Island. I saw the Marcopper site as we passed through Labo. I admired the place so much as we traveled along the way to our destination, thou I felt sad because the mining site shows prosperity in the past wherein houses, hospital, library, church, golf course, bank, schools and airport are built but already abandoned to date. Machines, mining equipment and houses for employees are still there, intact but nobody is using.

    People there are also hospitable. Manakla (look like a half shrimp,half crab), Pancit Miki and Arrow root are the Marinduqueños best.

    Indeed, I would like to thank Grimaldo Family (Ate Pinky and Kuya Erick) in Sta. Cruz for their hospitality and accomodation. Go Marinduque! May your beautiful nature be a continues legacy to the next next generation to come. Mabuhay!

  20. MJ says:

    Marinduque is such a beautiful place. I was there with my friends and visited Kawa-Kawa waterfalls, the Poctoy White Beach, the sulphur Spring in Buenavista. Nice place indeed..

  21. orlando c. dy says:

    hi, i read all the views/comments and suggestions and i do share the same feeling that the moriones festival had somewhat lost its supposed solemnity. such should be checked, properly addressed and or corrected by the CBCP. Its worth stressing though that malbog spring in buenavista is one of the best tourist attractions in marinduque, and it is a must to showcase the same in all tour-packages in Marinduque. The bulusukan falls as well in bagtingon buenavista as mentioned in the narrative is quite worth seeing, accessibility however and some environmental issues should be improved .

  22. LovelyMenchu says:

    I’m proud to be a Filipina, specially a Marinduquena. I stayed now here in Makati, but I go back home every now and then. I actually just got back and if ever I retire, though that’s a very long way to go :), I’ll still choose my hometown, Buenavista, Marinduque. If anyone of you ever needs a tour guide, just let me know:). It’s for free, it’s actually my pleasure to show you my province.

    • joel peuble says:

      hello!
      yes ur true my friend. ur country is very nice and i’m agree u tell ur proud to be a filipina coz all filipino people is very nice and very kindly. sorry to my english coz i’m french man. u know i visit manytimes ur country coz i like too much tis place in world and everytimes i go i feel there very happy coz manythings to see and visit. i don’t know ur place marinduque and i want to see also. hope u can give me some infos bout ur place. maybe i go there next year.i see also lot for sale in mongong island and i’m interested for that coz want to live there philippines for my next retirment. hope u can reply me soon there website or facebook or yahoo if u want. i’m open for that.
      thanks for advance
      joel

  23. Good evening everyone,Its good to know,,many folks from other countries and places had been a guest,one time or another.Im a Filipina-Canadian,,now more than 37 years,and a graduate of former..Marinduque Sch.of Arts and Trades,former member of STAA,athletic associations,etc.Well i am proud to be a native of Mogpog,Marinduquena @ heart.
    I had been few places since i left home,incl,USA,Hongkong,many places in North America too.My principle,,accept and be open to others culture,it makes your life experiences unique..wherever we mingle with other people from around the world,,we all represents as an Ambasador of our country and culture.I dont *Believe in such words as *Third World*thats BS,,in every nationalities,there good and bad in every odd ones,,ive meet many co-workers from around the Globe,and try my best to Initiate my friendly gestures,as my father advised me before leaving home,,,do that,*you will prevail*Yes.I am proud to be a Marinduquena,,my new hubby cannot wait to see our country and the people.Regards and Cheers to you All.
    Cant wait to get back for a visit,and retire there one day.,

  24. Guy says:

    Hi Mila,

    Nice to hear about your retirement plans. My husband Trev (Aussie) and I are now retired in Gasan, Marinduque and loving it! I have posted here before so if you have time you can read that under ‘older comments’……..

    Whenever you get back to our island paradise, please contact me as we will be happy to meet you and your husband and introduce you to our expat friends living in Marinduque.

    You can also visit Trev’s blog where he posts weekly our life and adventures in Marinduque with loads of photos. Here’s the link: https://trevorkloeden.wordpress.com

    Enjoy life and take care.

    Guyxoox

  25. sharon says:

    Marinduque is where i wanted to spend most of my vacation.Far from noisy and busy city…here is where you can go hiking,camping……
    Marinduque is the best place for me.

  26. Neil says:

    When I was young, I used to take my summer vacation here and now Im 30 years old, I missed the good old days when I was chasing Moriones during the Lenten season, playing at the farm, going to the perya to play dice game, eating pako, “maglukad”, and swimming at white beach resort. There are plenty of stories to tell and a lot of great things to say about this mystery Island which I consider my hometown.. It’s been 5 years since my last vacation here and I hope that I can visit my hometown this coming May..

    By the way, Guy, you’re hubby’s blog looks interesting and I’ll read it on my free time tomorrow. I’m happy to know that your husband enjoys Marinduque.

  27. The Filipino Community Radio Online says:

    I really enjoyed my vacation and my time spend with my family there… If i choose where i would love to live, I choose Marinduque my hometown.. ^_^..

    It’s really more fun in Marinduque…. ^_^

  28. Guy Kloeden says:

    Hi Neil,

    I agree with you completely and Marinduque is now our home and truly loved it hear.

    Thanks for spending time reading Trev’s blog, he posts every week with loads of pictures of Marinduque and its people and surrounds.

    Hope to see you here in May, fiesta time so more things to experience and enjoy.

    Please contact me through this website and would love to share some more of your stories and favourite places.

    Cheers,

    Guy

  29. Dyames says:

    Hi Guy,

    We’re leaving Manila today and off to Marinduque. My mom is a native of Sta Cruz and it has been a very long time since we visited the island. (more than 20 years, i think)

    We’re planning to go to the Maniwaya island. We heard and seen that the place is great.

    I’ve seen some waterfalls but don’t know where they are in Marinduque.

    Bellarocca is also nice but rather expensive.

    Can you suggest other beaches and places where we can go to?

    We’re no foreigners though, just wanted to take time off from the hustle and bustle of the city.

    Appreciate your help. :)

  30. Guy says:

    Hi Dyames,

    I would presume that you are now in Marinduque and had probably heard about White Beach in Torrijos, but also go to Cagpo Beach Club which is nearby. It is ran by an Australian and his Filipino wife, the beach is fantastic and the food and service is excellent.

    Waterfalls in Sta Cruz is the Kawa-kawa though with no rain it may not be as magnificent as it could be, try and go to the Bathala caves, it is worth the effort and hire a guide to take you to the pythons.

    If you get to Maniwaya, please let me know what you think, we would like to go there but had no chance or opportunity yet.

    You can also go to the Marinduque hot springs in Malbog, go to the resort not the sulfur springs, much nicer and no smell.

    Enjoy your stay in our island paradise.

    Cheers,

    Guy

  31. Joe says:

    We too are looking at retirement in Marinduque. My wife Menchilita was born there and we have lived in Washington State for 28 years of our married life. We want to visit soon as Menchilita’s parents are approaching their 80’s and still live on the island they have hardly ever left.
    Can anyone give us some reliable information about real estate and the like? Thanks and hoping to visit within the year.

  32. mark cruz says:

    try to visit the heart island of marinduque its fun here, try to go to luzon datum and find manakla, a type of hipon, locally find in rivers of mogpog and torrijos,,. sure you will love it… nothing will lost in you, but if you don’t try it, you will lost the great experience in marinduque, like the trekking in CMI mine remains……and the putong, a welcome song and dance performe by. the native marinduqueno..

  33. Guy says:

    Hi Joe,

    Regarding your real estate question…… If you are looking around Gasan and Buenavista, we can probably help you, but if you are looking in Sta. Cruz, we can refer you to somebody a little bit reliable….

    If you’ve read my comments on this site, you would know that we are now happily retired here in Gasan, Marinduque and have done our homework regarding real estate so probably know a few tricks by now.

    If you have specific questions, we will try and answer them for you.

    Hope to see you here in our little island paradise.

    Cheers,

    Guy

  34. erviiii says:

    reading all the comments here gets me excited. were going to BOAC,MARINDUQUE (my moms hometown) on MAY 25, this is my first time. hope it will be FUN! :D

  35. JoshuaJornadal says:

    ItsMoreFuniNMarinduque :))

  36. Joe says:

    We will be in Marinduque on Jan. 18, 2012 and it will be a grand family reunion! Can’t wait to meet with you all Guy, Trevor, David and everyone there!

  37. Guy says:

    Hi Joe,

    We should be back on the island around the 22nd of Jan as we are visiting family.

    Looking forward to meeting you in Marinduque, lets keep in touch using this blog.

    Cheers,

    Guy and Trev

  38. lorello lacap says:

    I’ve been in Marinduque several times before and I should say that, I already missed the place! Since I started working in a call center, I haven’t find a perfect time to visit the island again. 1997 was my first time to go there and consistently been there every holy week for 4 consecutive years. and very seldom after that. It’s been 7 or 8 years that I’ve been longing to go there again… I’m looking forward to visit the island again sometime this year and I WILL PURSUE THAT!!! :) IT’S ONE OF A KIND PLACE TO RELAX AND LIVE SIMPLE…… IT’S LIKE A PILLOW THAT YOU WANTED TO CUDDLE WITH…..

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