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The last couple of years I've been planning this trip to this island, considered the heart of the Philippines, to witness the elaborate Moriones (mask) Festival held every year during Holy Week, and yet every time I tried, I failed for a lot of reasons but mainly, the transportation issues. Holy Week is really the best time to visit albeit challenging because of the exodus of tourists wanting to experience this colorful masks event, and returning locals wanting to feel once again fresh air, away from the bustling metropolitan cities of Manila.

I was lucky to have joined a photoholic group, peeps who are shutter bugs, and we braved the long 4-hour road trip and another 4-hour RORO (roll-on roll-off) sea trip. Imagine sitting next to strangers on a long road trip you just met merely hours ago.

The midnight road trip was uneventful as we're all in & out of consciousness except for quick pit stops along the way, contrary to the RORO trip which is quite a revelation. An eye-opening experience as we all try to find a square-inch real estate just to manage to stand for the next 4 hours. The ship was so full that you dare to leave your precious spot and it'll be gone. All thru the RORO trip I walked and walked up & down the ship floors trying to find my comfort zone. I finally ended up outside with front view of sheer darkness until we reached the port.

Our 4-day stay in Marinduque to witness their elaborate Moriones festival was quite an experience to say the least. Not to mention I got to meet some cool guys and gals with the same passion for photography and fun adventures as mine.

It is not hard to find a place to stay the night in Marinduque. People are very friendly and approachable so don't be shy about asking around. They will be more than happy to help you.

The experience I had in Marinduque is unique, exceptional, fun, and really an eye-opener.

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eric
8/22/2011 06:30:28 am

i love this pic!

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mikay
8/22/2011 01:31:29 pm

kuya mas like ko ngaun yung website mo :D danda danda :D

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12/30/2011 05:12:30 pm

Fine post dude

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1/25/2012 01:57:38 am

THX for info

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1/28/2012 01:44:13 am

Nice one info, thx

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3/26/2012 07:17:21 am

Thanks for details

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3/30/2012 09:47:43 pm

will come back quickly

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4/19/2012 03:05:54 am

good post

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7/11/2012 07:30:21 pm

Good info dude

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9/24/2012 06:31:42 pm

good blog

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