The island province of Marinduque kicked off its weeklong celebration for its centennial founding anniversary with the unveiling of the plaque of the historic Boac Cathedral declaring it an Important Cultural Property (ICP) last Feb. 16.
Officially known as the Immaculate Conception Parish Church, and regarded as the greatest monument of faith and history, it was given the accolade by the National Museum of the Philippines in December 2018.
Situated southeast of mainland Luzon, Marinduque was reestablished by the American authorities on Feb. 21, 1920, after a brief reign as a separate province in 1901, and part of Batangas and Mindoro, and a sub-province of the former Tayabas province (now Quezon).
Other major events include the unveiling of the Centennial Monument and the Bantayog-Wika, an initiative of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, and the Provincial Government, in recognition of the language which are among the roots from which the modern national forms have sprung, and where remnants of archaic Tagalog forms can be found.
On Feb. 20, an art workshop titled “Sining SikLAVan sa Sentenaryo” will be led by well-known artist Maestro Fernando Sena who hails from Gasan and the Miss Marinduque Centennial Queen pageant with sentimental OPM singer Myrus.
Celebration peaks with Araw ng Marinduque on Feb. 21 featuring the Parade of Floats around the province, the Moryonan parade of moryons, the launch of the Philpost commemorative stamp, and the Gawad Marinduqueño Awards & Baliktanaw sa Kasaysayan at Kulturang Marinduque.
The Centennial Day will be capped by an evening show with Marinduqueño singers and pop music star Ogie Alcasid.
Fringe activities include the Barakalan sa Sentenaryo agro-trade and tourism fair of the Marinduque Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Department of Trade and Industry, and various socio-civic activities.
Supported by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the Department of Tourism-Mimaropa Region, PLDT-Smart, San Miguel Corp., and Petron, celebrations conclude with the Centennial Heritage Tour around the province, and the 4x4 Offroad Jeep Club Philippines National Jamboree.
Composed of six towns, the province is known for the traditional Moriones Festival every Holy Week which features the iconic wooden moryon masks and regalia of the Roman soldiers who crucified Jesus Christ.
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