... I wandered off to the Moriones
Holy Week Festival on the island of Marinduque. I really wanted
to see a Philippine cultural event. The ferry ride from Lucena
was two hours. I arrived safely on Marinduque Island only
knowing I wanted to go to Boac. And, to my delight,
I immediately saw the Moriones, Roman soldiers, outside my hotel
Boac celebrated Holy Week
in a big way. There was a candle procession through the town.
Amidst everything were statues of saints pulled on floats, Jesus
with a cross, hundreds of saintly little ladies, and thousands of
believers with candles. But Boac was really known for the
evening plays which began with creation and went on through the
Old Testament and on to the life of Christ.
I took a motorcycle / tricycle
tour with a driver, William to see the hot springs and where the
wooden Roman masks were hand-carved. The hot springs were
not worth the effort, and it took a while to find the masks.
Then, when I suggested food, William asked if I'd like to go home
with him. He lived outside of town in a small cement block
home surrounded by family. A banana leaf was placed across
the table. I thought it was a lovely table cloth. Silly
me! It was the place setting. Rice, clams, snails, and
something like chestnuts were served on the leaf. It saved
on dishes and the chestnuts were great.