Moriones Festival is an annual religious festival held during Holy Week in the Island of Marinduque. Morion means “mask”, a part of the medieval roman armor which covers the face. Moriones on the other hand refers to the masked and costumed penitents who march around the town for seven days searching for Longinus. This week long celebration starts on Holy Monday and culminates on Easter Sunday when the story of Longinus is re-enacted in pantomime.
Legend has it that Longinus pierced the side of the crucified Christ. The blood that spurted forth touched his blind eye and fully restored his sight. This miracle converted Longinus to Christianity and earned the ire of his fellow centurions. The re-enactment reached its climax when Longinus is caught and beheaded.
|Many participants in Moriones Festival are farmers and fishermen who engage in this age-old tradition as a vow of penance or thanksgiving|