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Moriones Festival

In an island of Christian majority, Holy Week provides a colorful celebration with the arrival of Easter. It is around this time that many passion plays are staged. Perhaps the best known is the Moriones Festival in Marindique, featuring the re-enactment of the ancient Biblical story of the Roman soldier, Longinus and his miracle.

The conversion of the villages of Boac, Gasan and Mogpog into immense stages marks the beginning of the play. During the play, all-male participants put on wooden masks made of coral wood, resembling scowling Roman soldiers. On Ash Wednesday, these 'Roman soldiers' roam the streets to 'terrorize' the locals - all in the name of good fun.

As for Good Friday, a re-enactment of Jesus' crucifixion with Longinus' assistance is staged. Three days later, on Easter Sunday, thousands of locals and spectators gather at an enormous open-air arena alongside the Boac River to witness Christ's resurrection being dramatically acted out.

The entertaining Moriones Festival is brought to a finale with the ceremonious beheading and carrying of Longinus' headless body to the church.

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