Monday, June 22, 2015

Sorsogon Province

By James Barcelona
Tourist Attractions
Bulusan Mountain Lake Resort
Sorsogon is a province of the Philippines located in the Bicol Region. It is the southernmost province in Luzon and is at the tip of Bicol Peninsula. The province is subdivided into 14 municipalities and 1 city with Sorsogon City as the provincial capital. Sorsogon is bounded in the north by the province of Albay, in the south by the San Bernardino Strait, and in the west and northwest by the Ticao and Burias Passes.

Sorsogon is characterized by an irregular topography and, except for the landlocked municipality of Irosin, all towns lie along the coast. They are all connected by concrete and asphalt roads. Mountains sprawl over the northeast, southeast and west portions. Mt. Bulusan, the tallest peak, rises 1,560 meters above sea level. The province is the gateway of Luzon to the Visayas and Mindanao through its Roll-on/Roll-off ferry terminal facilities located in the municipalities of Matnog, Pilar and Bulan. 

Siquijor Province, Philippines

By James Barcelona
Tourist Attractions
Bandilaan Butterfly Farm
Bandilaan Butterfly Farm
Category: Man-Made Attraction
Type: Special Interest
Location: Mount Bandilaan, Lazi, Siquijor

Cantabon Cave
Cantabon Cave
Category: Natural Attraction
Type: Cave
San Juan de Capilay Lake
Location: Siquijor, Siquijor  

San Juan de Capilay Lake
Category: Natural Attraction
Type: Lake Location: San Juan, Siquijor  

Siquijor is an island province of the Philippines located in the Central Visayas region. The provincial capital is the municipality also named Siquijor. It is the third smallest province in the country both in terms of population and land area, after Camiguin and Batanes. Siquijor is composed of six municipalities, namely: Enrique Villanueva, Larena, Lazi, Maria, Siquijor and San Juan. Siquijor used to be a sub-province of Negros Oriental. The province is considered by many Filipinos to be a mystical island, full of witches and other supernatural phenomena.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sarangani Province, Philippines

By James Barcelona
Tourist Attractions
Malakahi Water Falls
Malakahi Water Falls is located of Malapatan, Sarangani Province.
Atnayan Waterfalls

Atnayan Waterfalls is located in New Canaan, Brgy. Pag-asa in Alabel, Sarangani.

Basyawan Waterfalls, a site probably fit for the truly adventurous. Its is a bit farther than Atnayan, about two hours away from Sitio New Canaan. Trekkers will also pass by three or four cascades before reaching the main falls.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Western Samar Province, Philippines

By James Barcelona
Tourist Attractions 
Mapaso Hot Spring
Mapaso Hot Spring. Located in Barangay Rizal II, Oquendo District, Calbayog City. A 30-minute ride to Oquendo from Calbayog plus 15-minute hike to the spring. “Mapaso” literally means hot. Fresh crustaceans (pokot) abound. They are naturally pinkish resembling scalded shrimps due to the high temperature.

Bangon-Bugtong Falls
Bangon-Bugtong Falls. Located in Brgy. San Joaquin of Calbayog City, an hour-and-15-minute ride to Barangay Tinaplacan plus 45-minute walk to the vicinity of the falls. Among the family of waterfalls of Calbayog City, Bangon, Bugtong Falls is one of the most majestic and spectacular spots that is worth visiting. As one ascends the stream, he will be amazed to see a circular pond about 30 meters in diameter, wide enough for swimming and deep enough for diving. The cascading water seems to come from streams flowing endlessly, resulting from the pressure of its disgorge, which becomes even bigger in volume and noticeable as the time of the day passes. Bugtong Falls is not only a tourist spot but also a potential source of power for Calbayog City and its neighboring localities.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Romblon Province, Philippines

By James Barcelona
Tourist Attractions
Mt. Guiting-Guiting
Mt. Guiting-Guiting, Sibuyan Island, Romblon
Romblon's highest peak. It is an attraction to mountaineers and is the province's major source of timber and metallic products. It is also abundant with wildlife, plant species, and waterfalls.

Cantingas River, Taclobo, San Fernando, Romblon
Cantingas River
Known for its enchanting vistas. In its mountain are found the world's smallest bat, the endangered wild cat or the singalong, and the hardest wood, the mancogo or iron wood. Cantingas River Valley is known to have the second cleanest inland water in the region.

Rizal Province, Philippines

By James Barcelona
Tourist Attractions
Hinulugang Taktak
Hinulugang Taktak is a popular mountain resort with waterfalls as main attraction.

Daranak Falls
Daranak Falls is 14 meters in height and stands majestically beneath a running stream.

Ugong Falls is peaceful scenery that offers spectacular views of Laguna de Bay and the town of Morong.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Quirino Province, Philippines

By James Barcelona
Tourist Attractions 
Dumbato Falls
Dumabato Falls is actually a stream, with water flowing down the rocks controlled by a water system that locals shut down once in a while to “clean” the area.

Governor's Rapids
Governor’s Rapids, located in Maddela, is famous for its gigantic perpendicular walls of limestone jutting out from one side of the Cagayan River. Framing the Sierra Madre Mountain, its swift, turbulent, and deep blue waters is perfect venue for kayaking, white river rafting, swimming and fishing. The riverside offers a suitable picnic ground with a magnificent view of the river.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Quezon Province, Philippines

By James Barcelona
Tourist Attraction
Mt. Banahaw
Mount Banahaw is an active volcano on Luzon in the Philippines. The three-peaked volcano complex is located between the provinces of Laguna and Quezon and is the tallest mountain in the CALABARZON region dominating the landscape for miles around.

The mountain is considered by many as a "Holy mountain" and is popular among pilgrims along with mountain climbers. Banahaw is a national park and a protected area in the Philippines since 1941, and is now called Mount Banahaw-San Cristobal Protected Landscape covering 10,901 hectares (26,940 acres) of land.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Pangasinan Province, Philippines

By James Barcelona
Tourist Attractions 
Hundred Islands National Park 
The Hundred Islands National Park is a national park in thePhilippines. The protected area is located in the city of Alaminos, in the province of Pangasinan in northernPhilippines. The islands, totalling 124 at low tide and 123 at high tide, are scattered in Lingayen Gulf covering an area of 16.76 square kilometres (6.47 sq mi). Only three of them have been developed for tourism: Governor Island, Quezon Island, and Children's Island. The Lucap wharf in Alaminos, the entrance to the National Park, is about 240 kilometres (150 mi) north of Manila, the capital of the Philippines.

Lingayen Gulf is outlined by the provinces of Pangasinan and La Union with Pangasinan bordering most of it. This gulf harbors most of Pangasinan’s top tourist destinations varying from islands, beaches and rainforest parks including the Hundred Islands and Lingayen Gulf War Memorial.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Pampanga Province, Philippines

By James Barcelona
Tourist Attractions
St. Peter's Shrine
St. Peter's Shrine in Apalit, Pampanga. This shrine contains the image of the famous "Apung Iru" (St. Peter), a life-size ivory statue from Spain, which the pilgrims venerate all year-round.

Mt. Arayat National Park used to be the premier tourist spot in Central Luzon but is now being neglected by our government. Let us revive the pristine beauty of this park.

Mt. Arayat National Park
The mountain is very beautiful.  A trek to its summit is a delightful adventure.  You can view the skyline of the whole province.  On its top, one can commune with nature to his heart’s content.  The many colorful florals and faunas, the chirping birds atop the branches on sun-drenched, emerald-green, trees, the swaying grass that dances in rhythm with the gentle breeze are a sight to behold.  The tranquil forest and the serene mountain lake send bliss to solitude.  So, if you want to escape the hussles and bussels of city life, Mt. Arayat is the place to be.  In this mountain, you can have everything that nature has to offer.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Palawan Province, Philippines

Tourist Attractions
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River
National Park
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park features a large limestone landscape with an underground river.
Tubbataha Reef Marine Park

Tubbataha Reef Marine Park is an excellent example of a pristine coral reef with a spectacular 100m perpendicular wall, extensive lagoons and two coral islands. 

Calauit Game Preserve and
Wildlife Sanctuary
Palawan, the largest province in the Philippines in terms of total area of jurisdiction, is located in the MIMAROPA region in Luzon. It consists of 1 city and 23 municipalities with Puerto Princesa City as the provincial capital. The province lies between the South China Sea and Sulu Sea. Palawan is composed of the long and narrow Palawan Island with roughly 1780 islands and islets dotting its almost 2000 kilometers of irregular coastline.

Oriental Mindoro Province, Philippines

Tourist Attractions
Puerto Galera
Puerto Galera. The foremost asset of Oriental Mindoro, Puerto Galera is blessed with one of the world’s most beautiful natural harbors. Known as the Pearl of Mindoro, it is world-famous for splendid beaches, coral reefs, and exquisite dive sites for new and experienced divers alike. There are shallow coral gardens, interesting rock formations, and colorful species to watch, like crabs, shrimps, sea anemones, moray, and trumpet fishes.

Mt. Halcon
Mt. Halcon. Towering 8,488 feet above sea level, Mt. Halcon is the country's third highest peak. It is a favourite destination for nature tripping and mountain climbing. Mt. Halcon is located in Baco. It is accessible in two hours, by taking a jeepney to Baco, the jump-off point.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Occidental Mindoro Province, Philippines

Tourist Attractions
Mt. Iglit National Park
Mt. Iglit National Park in Calintaan is a sanctuary for the tamaraw, a wild animal found nowhere else in the world. The tamaraw resembles the carabao or water buffalo to wildlife enthusuasts.

Apo Reef National Park
Apo Reef National Park in Sablayan between Mamburao and San Jose is acclaimed as the diving mecca of the Philippines. It is 34 km atoll reef with a narrow channel dividing it into two lagoons. The park inludes the bird-populated islands of Binantgaan and Cajos del Bajo.

Nueva Vizcaya Province, Philippines

Tourist Attractions 
Capisaan Cave
Capisaan Cave in Kasibu  is the 5th longest cave in the Philippines at 4.2 kilometers. It is considered as a geologist’s paradise. The subterranean river in this cave has a length of 4.2 kilometers from the Lion Entrance (named as such because the rock looks like an image of a lion). It is a bit like the cave of Puerto Princesa Underground River which is 70% filled with water. There, you can find rare kinds of calcite formations. It has chambers and tunnels that have unique stalagmites, stalactites, rock formations, and other speleothems.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Nueva Ecija Province, Philippines

Tourist Attractions
General Luna Falls
General Luna Falls. It is a towering waterfall of more than a hundred feet descending widely across a rocky mountain wall into over twenty pools of varying levels and depths.

The easternmost barrio of Rizal, nestled uphill on the foot of the Sierra Madre mountain range boasts of one of Central Luzon's hidden treasures, a towering waterfall more than a hundred feet descending widely across a mountain wall.

Gabaldon Falls
Gabaldon Falls
Gabaldon Falls. Named after the town of Gabaldon where it can be found, the ten-feet falls are surrounded by huge rock formations and rippling ice-cold water. It is located within the 200-hectare Sabani Estate Agricultural College.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Northern Samar Province, Philippines

Tourist Attractions
Biri Island
Biri Island is known for it’s  large number of strange rock formations in the northern beaches, Biri Island is located in Northern Samar, which is a province geographically situated right around the middle of the Philippines.

Biri Island has beautiful and amazing beaches, which is, well… pretty much the case with all the  beaches of the Philippines.

Pinipisakan Falls
Pinipisakan Falls is a tourist destination was formally inaugurated as a new tourist destination last August 18, 2009, with the SINP-DENR came for the groundbreaking and inauguration making the place as an ecotourism destination. Aside from the Pinipisakan Falls, it also has the beautiful lasnavasnon cave located near the 3 km hanging bridge.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Negros Oriental, Philippines

Tourist Attractions
Dumaguete Bell Tower
Dumaguete Bell Tower is the oldest known Belfry in the province of Negros Oriental, a historical structure built in the year 1811, standing next to the majestic St Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral (which was also built in the same year, but its present structure has been renovated already).

The Bell Tower was built to forewarn the locals of any incoming danger. It remains to be the oldest bell tower in the Visayas and is a very famous architectural landmark in the city. Because of its antiquity and authenticity it may well look out of place in the midst of the city's modern day activities.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Negros Occidental Province, Philippines

By James Barcelona

Tourist Attractions
Campomanes Bay
Negros Occidental is one of the provinces of the Philippines and is located in the Western Visayas Region. It is subdivided into 19 municipalities and 13 cities, with Bacolod City as the provincial capital. Negros Occidental has the most number of chartered cities among all provinces in the Philippines, though many of the cities resemble medium-sized towns.

Carbin Reef in Sagay town
Negros Occidental occupies the northwestern half of Negros Island; Negros Oriental is at the southeastern half. A mountain range lines the eastern part of the province which forms the basis of the border with Negros Oriental. Mount Canlaon, the highest peak in the Visayas with a height of 2465 meters, is partially located in Negros Oriental. The people of Negros are called “Negrense” with Hiligaynon as the predomi 
nant dialect. However, on the east coast of the province, facing Cebu Island, a few cities and towns speak Cebuano.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Mountain Province, Philippines

By James Barcelona

Tourist Attractions
Bayo Rice Terraces
BAYYO RICE TERRACES in Bayyo, Bontoc is a worthy stop-over along the Bontoc-Banaue road. This breathtaking vista can be seen when going to Banaue from Bontoc. If you have your own car, much better, because you can stop anytime. This view can be seen along the road. No need to hike or trek.

Palali Rice Terraces
Palali Rice Terraces is made up of mirror-like rice paddies reflecting the bright sky piled ingeniously one over the other signifying that each terraced rice field has been intentionally flooded to turn these mountains-turned-arable-paradise to a colossal rice bowl, as the rice paddies extend down to the Chico River as the basin.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Misamis Occidental Province, Philippines

By James Barcelona
Tourist Attractions
Fort Santiago
Fort Santiago (Cotta) in Ozamis City. This fort is an officially declared historical landmark. It was built in 1756 by Jesuit Fr. Jose Ducos as defense against marauding Muslim pirates.

Bukagan Hill
Bukagan Hill in Malaubang, Ozamis City. Atop this 92-meter hill are four massive bells named “St. Peter”, “St. Marien”, “St. Joseph” and “St. Michael.” The bells were intended for the Immaculate Conception Cathedral. However, the bells were too heavy at 7 tons for the cathedral's belfry.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Misamis Oriental Province, Philippines

By James Barcelona

Tourist Attractions
Sagpulon Falls
Sagpulon Falls
Sagpulon Falls. Located in Barangay San Isidro, Jasaan. Although the business interest that once operated here has left and the gazebos and pools are in desrepair, the falls itself is very majestic and worth the motorcycle ride and short hike. 

Divine Mercy Shrine
Divine Mercy Shrine is a Catholic monument in El Salvador, Misamis Oriental, Philippines. It features a 15.24 metre statue of Jesus as the Divine Mercy as the focal point of the Divine Mercy Hills, a tract of land overlooking Macajalar Bay on the large southern island of Mindanao.

The nine-hectare land for the Shrine was purchased for a nominal amount and the complex was paid for by donations. The shrine was completed in 2008 and serves as a pilgrimage site for Divine Mercy devotees
Divine Mercy Shrine

Migtugsok Falls
Migtugsok Falls is located at barangay Cugman and it is composed of five beautiful cascading waters, where the beauty of nature could be experienced, unexploited by the carelessness of human search for progress and development.
Abaga Falls

Abaga Falls is one of the waterfalls located in Barangay San Francisco de Asis.

Misamis Occidental is a province of the Philippines located in the Northern Mindanao region. Shaped like a collapsible fan, it is bounded on the northeast by the Mindanao Sea, on the east by the Iligan Bay, on the southeast by the Panguil Bay, and on the west by the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur. The province consists 14 municipalities and 3 component cities with Oroquieta City as the provincial capital.

The province of Misamis was originally inhabited by Subanons who were an easy target by the sea pirates from Lanao. The name “Misamis” is believed to have been derived from the Subano word “Kuyamis” which is a variety of sweet coconut – the staple food of the early settlers of the place. Upon the arrival of the Spanish settlers, the word “Kuyamis” easily gave way to the more conviently pronounced but corrupted word “Misamis”.

The dense population along the coast of the province consists mainly of migrants from Cebu and Bohol, thus the major dialects are Cebuano and Boholano. Subanon, pronounced “Subanen”, is the dialect used mostly by the members of the Subanon Tribe. Most residents can also speak Tagalog and English.

The fact that three of Misamis Occidental’s boundaries are bodies of water makes fishing as one of its main industries. It has 169 kilometers of coastline fronting the rich fishing grounds of Panguil and Iligan Bays. The province also has the biggest area of brackish-water fishponds in the region. Tangub City is a fishing port in Panguil Bay famous for seafoods. Misamis Occidental’s chief crops are coconut and rice. Coconuts are processed into oil, desiccated coconut and coir, most of which are shipped to Cebu.

The most visible tourist spot in Misamis Occidental is without doubt the Dolphin Island or the Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park (MOAP). Dolphin Island is an offshore man-made island inhabited by dolphins of various species. Visitors don’t just enjoy feeding the dolphins but are also allowed to swim with the dolphins.

Of course, there’s more to Misamis Occidental than Dolphin Island. Tangub City is home to the best Christmas lights decoration every yuletide season earning the title as the “Christmas Capital of Mindanao.” Cultural attractions in the province include the Pipe Organ from Germany, housed at Immaculate Conception Cathedral, which is the biggest of its kind in Mindanao and the second biggest in the Philippines.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Masbate Province, Philippines

By James Barcelona

Tourist Attractions
Ticao Island
Ticao Island is one of the three major islands of Masbate province in the Philippines. The other two major islands are Masbate Island (3,290 km²) and Burias Island (424 km²).

The island is divided into the municipalities of Batuan, Monreal, San Fernando and its mother-town, San Jacinto.

Sombrero Island
Sombrero Island is the place for those who want to beat the crowds, relax and have an amazing experience in a true paradise. During your stay at Sombrero Island you will be able to relax on a white sand beach, and swim in crystal clear waters. In the evening you can stargaze, have a few drinks and even observe seas turtles. As you will see in the video on this page, Sombrero Island has been featured on national news. It is known as a nature lovers paradise, and it’s here for your enjoyment.
Tinalisayan Islets

Tinalisayan Islets is a islands and is located in Province of Masbate, Bicol, Philippines. The estimate terrain elevation above seal level is -9999 metres. Variant forms of spelling for Tinalisayan Islets or in other languages: Tinalisayan Island, Tinalisayan Islets, Tinalisayan Island, Tinalisayan Islets.

Catandayagan Falls
Catandayagan Falls. It is a picturesque tourist destination where you have to rent a boat from nearby Donsol, Sorsogon or Monreal, Masbate. You can swim underneath the waterfalls itself and legends state that there is a Huge Sea Monster living beneath the waterfall but it is not proven. The legend has been created to scare off kids on a nearby village so that they won’t swim near Catandayagan Falls.

The Buntod Sandbar and Reef Marine Sanctuary in Masbate is definitely a huge part of the region’s allure.

Buntod Sandbar and Reef
Marine Sanctuary
Between the seawaters of Barangay Nursery and Barangay Tugbo lies the Buntod Sandbar and Marine Sanctuary. It is a 250-hectare white sandbar that was first established in 2001 to protect it and the adjacent coral reefs from the illegal fishing that used to be rampant in the area. Now the site is recognized as one of the top marine sanctuaries in the country.

The Buntod Marine Sanctuary is home to unique marine life forms and beautiful coral gardens, making it an ideal diving spot. The sand bar has nipa huts on stilts that serve as cottages that are perfect for guests who want to have picnics. The cooking and dining areas have grills, and also provide a gorgeous view of the sea.

Masbate is an island province located in the Bicol Region and lies at the center of the Philippine archipelago. It consists of three major islands: Masbate, Ticao and Burias. The province is subdivided into 20 municipalities and 1 city which is Masbate City, the provincial capital. Masbate is bounded on the north by Burias and Ticao Pass, on the east by San Bernardino Strait, on the south by the Visayan Sea and on the west by the Sibuyan Sea.

The people of Masbate predominantly speak Bisakol and Masbateño or Minasbate, a dialect unique to the province. Some Visayan languages with a unique mixture of Tagalog and some shades of Hiligaynon are also spoken in the province. In Burias Island, the people speak Bicol similar to that of the people of Camarines Sur, due to the island’s proximity to Bicol mainland. The people generally speak fluent English and Filipino.

About 85% of Masbate’s populations are Catholics. Devotional practices such as the rosary, novenas to saints, and other religious manifestations such as processions, the misa de gallo and Holy Week traditional activities are still very much part of the way of life of most parishioners of the province.

Masbate is classified as a first class province. It is endowed with rich natural resources. In line with its agriculture are industries such as large farming, livestock and poultry raising. Fishing predominates along its coastal areas where all kinds of commercial species of fish swarm in great abundance. Copra is the leading product, followed by rice, corn and rootcrops. Cottage industry, such as furniture and cabinet making, ceramics, garments, handicrafts and metalcrafts, is likewise another source of livelihood for the people.

The province is one of the richest in the country in terms of mineral resources. It is described by geologists as a province sitting on a “pot of gold.” Mineral resources found in the area include copper, silver, iron, manganese, chromite, limestone, guano and carbon.

Masbate is one of the hidden treasures of the Philippines with its undisturbed natural reefs and resorts. Many tourists visit the province and experience the hidden beauty of the natural white sand beaches and clear blue water. There are many beach resorts near Masbate City and Ticao Island. It is truly a tropical paradise for tourist looking for scenic sunsets and tropical gardens and waterfalls.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Marinduque Province, Philippines

By James Barcelona

Tourist Attractions
White Beach is located in Barangay Poctoy in the municipality of Torrijos. 

This is one of the finest beaches in the Marinduque Island. It is surrounded by crystal clear blue waters and fine sand. Local fish caught are often sold along the beachfront.

Tres Reyes Islands is also known as the “Three Kings” – a chain of three islands off Gasan coast where the main island is named “Gaspar Island”. 

It is famous for its pure white sand and clear blue waters perfect for diving. Gaspar Island can be reached only by boat.

The Bathala Caves are one of the popular tourist sites of Marinduque Island. This massive cave system can be found in the mountains of Santa Cruz on private property. 

To get to the caves, you must ask the property owner for permission and they usually charge a small fee. It is best to visit the caves with a tour guide as there are rugged landscapes and terrain that needed to be hurdled. 

The Caves offer a fantastic view, especially during sunset and sunrise when one of the caves in the system named “Cathedral Cave” lights up entirely, showing off its amazing lines. Another must-see is the “Python Cave” known to house a multitude of snakes.

Red Mountain is the site of the Battle of Pulang Lupa during the Philippine-American War. It takes a long hike to reach the top, and once you’re there, a full 360 degree view of the surrounding Marinduque Area and valleys await you. 

The mountain got its name “Red Mountain” as attributed to the amount of bloodshed in the fierce battle involving Filipino and American forces during the War.

Bellarocca Island is situated off the south west coast of the Marinduque province. 

Bellarocca is the newest first class resort and spa in the island and its structure was honed from the famous Santorini, Greece. 

You can reach the resort by renting a private van which takes approximately 40-minute travel from Lipata town to Buenavista. From Buenavista, a 5-minute boat ride will take you to the resort proper.

Marinduque is an island province of the Philippines located in the MIMAROPA region in Luzon. It is a heart-shaped island between Tayabas Bay in the north and Sibuyan Sea to the south. The province is located southwest of Quezon, east of Mindoro, and north of Romblon. Some of the smaller islands to the northeast which belong to Marinduque are Polo Island, Maniwaya Island, and Mompong Island. Marinduque is subdivided into 6 municipalities and 218 barangays with the municipality of Boac as the provincial capital.

The highest peak in Marinduque is Mt. Malindig, a potentially active volcano with an elevation of 1,157 meters. The island has two major seasons – dry season from November through February and the rainy season from June through October, with a transitional period in between.

Marinduqueños are of Tagalog origin and speak Tagalog. But the Tagalog spoken in the province is an old variation of the language that is very close to the way Tagalog was spoken before the Spanish colonization. According to language experts, the Tagalog dialects of Marinduque are the most divergent, especially the Eastern Marinduque dialect, perhaps due to the relative isolation from the Tagalogs of Luzon and also perhaps due to the influence of the Visayan and Bicol migrants.

Marinduqueños are said to be very hospitable in nature and are very welcoming. One such custom reflecting this is the putong or tubong, which is a custom of welcoming and honoring friends and visitors. The honorees are seated and crowned with flowers while local women dance and sing for them. Other well-wishers throw coins and flower petals for long life.

Marinduque is an agricultural province, primarily growing rice and coconuts. Fishing is also an important part of the economy. The province is also a place for handicrafts that are now being exported to different parts of the world. Mining was once an important industry until a mining accident, the Marcopper Mining Disaster, occurred which brought the industry to decline in the island and causing countless amounts of damage to the people and the island.

Tourism also plays a major role in the economy of the province especially during Lenten season. Marinduque prides itself in being the “Lenten Capital of the Philippines.” During the seven days of the Holy Week, the people of the island take part in the age-old ritual of the “Moriones.” Colorful warrior costumes are worn topped with finely carved masks depicting the fierce Roman soldiers of Christ’s time.