” I once embarked on a journey. I was alone, searching for stories I’ve never witnessed, collecting as many moments as I could.” – Cholo Laurel, filmaker, writer.
When one hears of Marinduque, the Moriones Festival comes to mind. We’ve often heard of it, yet, as the above quote states, we’ve never witnessed nor experienced it. But Marinduque has more to offer, and such was the motivation behind this sojourn to the island dubbed as the heart of the Philippines.
From the moment we disembarked till the time we had to return to the city, Marinduque certainly gave us its moments. It evoked thoughts of finding and keeping one’s faith, wonder at the beauty of nature, bemuse at the colors exploding around you, silently remember those who have come and gone, be amazed at getting to know the people of the place, to discover the place itself for the first time, and to simply just let Marinduque take you to where it wants you to be.
HOW TO GET THERE
Before the Holy Week even arrives, BOOK YOUR TRANSPORT AND ACCOMMODATIONS AHEAD OF TIME AND VIA ONLINE.
Communicate with your planned place to stay and be very clear as to the duration of your stay. Do not take a chance that you can get accommodations during the Holy Week. You might as well sleep on the road as there are local and foreign tourists who flock to Marinduque during the Holy Week.
We opted to go by land & sea.
BY LAND & SEA
We booked JAC Liner via Biyaheroes (they are legit) for the routes Kamias, Cubao, QC – Sta. Cruz, Marinduque departure date and time April 16, 2019 4:00 pm, and Sta. Cruz, Marinduque – Kamias, Cubao, QC, departure date and time April 20, 2019 2:00 pm. All terminal fees paid to Montenegro Lines are taken cared of and are inclusive in your payments. The trip is about 10-12 hrs., so stock up on water and snacks.
VIA CEBU PACIFIC
There is another option and that is by air via Cebu Pacific. The plane lands in Gasan, Marinduque, and land transportation (jeepneys / vans) abound just beyond the gates of the airport.
HOW TO GET AROUND and ABOUT IN MARINDUQUE
You can bring your vehicle via the Montenegro or Starhorse Roro at Dalahican port (passenger fare plus cargo fare / vehicle matrix). If you’re going to do this, bring a Utility Vehicle, as the roads tend to be rugged and steep at some points. A pick-up truck would be perfect.
You can hire tricycles for land tours to sightseeing spots, or rent scooters. The sightseeing spots are quite a ways-off from one another, so a means of getting around is necessary. For P2,000.00, we scored this comfortable enough and souped-up ride for our ’round Marinduque land tour.
There are also a lot of jeepneys to get you from one point to the other, but best to get an early start if you’re gonna take this option, as the jeepneys tend to wait until the vehicle is filled with passengers.
Tricycle fare in Sta. Cruz, going to and fro from your place of stay, to, say, the town plaza or restaurant, is P12.00-P14.00 per person.
REGRETS BUT MAYBE NEXT TIME
We weren’t able to chase waterfalls’ Kawa-Kawa, Busay, Paadjao Falls, visit caves, and trek up to Luzon Datum anymore, as we were pressed for time, but you may want to include this in your itinerary.
So without further ado, here are some pics of our stay in Sta. Cruz, Marinduque.
All photos posted are without any filter / filters whatsoever.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 17, 2019 CHECK-IN and LAND TOUR
TORRIJOS FREEDOM PARK by-the-sea.
HOLY THURSDAY APRIL 18, 2019 ISLAND HOPPING
GOOD FRIDAY APRIL 19, 2019
BLACK SATURDAY APRIL 20, 2019
What I will remember about Marinduque, aside from its stunning beaches and spectacular sceneries, is the warmth and friendliness of its people.
Our host for the last two days, Ms. Beth, a native of Marinduque (from Mompog), always has a ready smile for us, and is always asking if we are doing fine. Ditto with Ms. Karen de Luna of Villa D Arco. Even passerbys, if they notice that we’re somewhat at a loss as to where to go, always seem to be ready to help. Our land tour guide, Jeh, is always there for us. Even their native tongue seems pleasing to the ear.
Marinduque certainly has its moments, moments that are worth remembering.
Of course, I did not forget my co-DIYers. Below is our actual 4 days 3 nights itinerary together with expenses incurred for two (2) people.
Be good to one another.
Happy Easter to all !!!
|DAY 0 APRIL 16, 2019 TUESDAY||COST|
|Sashamae / Spike Allowance (our dogs hehe)||500.00|
|Taxi to JAC Liner Kamias||273.00|
|JAC Liner to Gasan, Mdque from Manila |
|Late Lunch / miscellaneous expenses||645.00|
|Arrive at Lucena / Dalahican Port / |
|DAY 1 APRIL 17, 2019 WEDNESDAY|
|Dalahican Port to Balanacan Port, Mogpog, |
|Arrive at Balanacan Port|
|JAC Liner to Sta. Cruz|
|Check in @ accomodations (Villa D’ Arco)|
|Advance BDO Bank payment for Villa||1,500.00|
|Early checkin /breakfast||600.00|
|Preparation for Land tour |
|LAND TOUR via Tricycle c/o Villa D’ Arco||2,200.00|
|1. BALANACAN VIEW DECK|
|2. OUR LADY OF PEACE & |
| 50.00 Entrance|
|3. BOAC CATHEDRAL|
|4. BOAC MUSEUM|
|5. BOAC HERITAGE HOUSES|
|6. LUNCH @Kusina sa Plaza||560.00|
|7. Coffee @ 10 y.o. Cafe||185.00|
|8. SUNFLOWER FARM @MSC|
|9. TORRIJOS FREEDOM PARK|
|10. POCTOY WHITE BEACH|
|Return to Villa D’ Arco|
|Dinner @Rico’s Inn, Free Time||373.00|
|DAY 2 APRIL 18, 2019 |
|Wake up Call|
|From Villa D’ Arco to Buyabod Port |
|Boat rental c/o Villa d’ Arco for |
|Depart Buyabod Port to:|
|11. PALAD SANDBAR|
|12. MOMPONG ISLAND / |
Ungab Rock Formation
|13. MANIWAYA ISLAND|
|Wawie’s Beach Resort / , halohalo / others||100.00|
|Photo ops / swimming|
|Boat ride: return to Buyabod Port|
|Tricy back to Villa D’ Arco|
|Checkout from Villa D Arco / |
transfer to Fidelino residence
|3,000.00 (2 nights)|
|Dinner @R. Centro||273.00|
|DAY 3 APRIL 19, 2019 GOOD FRIDAY|
|Wake up Call|
|Lunch @Roby’s / Miscellaneous||560.00|
|14. Explore STA CRUZ CHURCH|
|15. PROSESYON DE SANTO ENTIERRO|
|Dinner @Rico’s Inn||540.00|
|DAY 4 APRIL 20, 2019 SATURDAY|
|Wake up Call|
|Checkout from Fidelino residence|
|Prepare for return to Manila|
|Depart for Plaza Sta Cruz / JAC Terminal||48.00|
|Arrive at JAC Terminal|
|Check in @JAC Liner|
|Depart to Lucena/Dalahican Port |
|ETA Lucena/Dalahican Port|
|Travel time to Manila (3hrs)|