IN PHOTOS: The Moriones festival of Marinduque
MARINDUQUE, Philippines – Marinduque's Moriones festival is one of the most colorful festivals in the country, a week-long commemoration of the life and death of Jesus Christ.
In this folk religious festival, men and women wear costumes and masks replicating biblical Roman soldiers, reenacting scenes from the Passion of Christ.
The festival also celebrates the life of Saint Longinus, the half-blind Roman soldier who speared the crucified body of Jesus. Longinus is believed to have regained his vision when Jesus' blood hit his eye, restoring his vision.
So-called Morions go around the streets of Marinduque from Holy Monday up to Easter Sunday where they participate in different events, even scaring kids with their masks and costumes.
The Moriones festival is celebrated annually, during Holy Week. It does not only serve as a tourist attraction, but also a good way to remember the suffering of Jesus Christ.