Marinduque, the Philippines: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
Considered as the geographical center of the Philippine archipelago, Marinduque is province and a heart shaped island, south of Luzon island, and is a prime tourist spot as well as a traditional place hosting many events. A popular yearly event in Marinduque, is the Moriones Festival , during Easter. This is when the island really comes to life. Otherwise it offers tranquil , laid-back villages, beautiful sceneries and several beach resorts. The island’s hot springs, caves teeming with wildlife and dormant Mt. Malindig volcano, offer good opportunities for outdoor activities.
The regional capital of Mariduque is the small city of Boac. The town is home to a local museum, a handful of good traditional restaurants and a 17th century stone cathedral, which is the focal point of the city. Boac also has few bars and discotheques to offer. More entertainment venues are found on the beaches or in the tourist resorts, but overall there isn’t much in the sense of nightlife in Marinduque.
Tourist development is still lacking, so accommodation options are limited. The ones that are available however provide for all necessary needs. The lack of development is also felt in the availability of roads and transportation throughout Marinduque. Even so, the small size of the island makes it fairly easy to get around.
As with many places in the Philippines, the formation of Maridnuque has an interesting legend behind it, involving a tragic “Romeo and Juliet”-esque love story. Marinduque previously belonged to two different provinces, while having a brief period of independence before the arrival of the Americans in 1901. The island was also the site of the first American concentration camp during the Philippine-American War. In 1942 Marinduque was conquered by Imperial Japan and was later liberated in 1945, by combined American and Philippine troops.