Marinduque Travel: The Center of the Philippines
Marinduque is truly the heart of the Philippines – not only it is heart-shaped, but this is also the province where you can visit the center of the Philippines. I think the heart of Mariduque is its people – Marinduquenos are very warm, happy and friendly people. I love that the province has many things to offer its tourists with different travel styles.
In this blog I will share Places to Go, Where to Stay, What to Eat, and Pasalubong Guide for your travel to Marinduque.
I traveled with no expectations, but I flew in prepared for adventures.
Quick facts: Marinduque is known for the Moriones Festival, arrowrote or araro cookies and Maniuaya Island. I will describe Marinduque as calm, warm yet chill. When you visit the province, you will experience a comfortable province life – there is no McDonald’s or Jollibee in Marinduque, but there are good local eateries. If you are planning to go shopping for some local goods, I will advise that you bring cash with you as ATMs are limited.
Manila to Marinduque is now less than an hour flight via Cebu Pacific. You can check out the first part of my #CEBfliesMarinduque on this blog post.
Going Around Marinduque
There are jeepney and tricycle in the province, but going around Marinduque is easier via van or through a tour package. Availing of tour package is a lot more comfortable and faster to get to different destination. Some of the tourist destinations that we visited take an hour drive (you can use this time to sleep and re-charge).
You can check out Dream Favor Travel and Tours for different packages.
(Sir Nelson and Ms Susan are really fun tour guides!)
If you are the adventurous type, you can also rent a motorbike to go around the city.
Places to Visit in Marinduque
1. Luzon Datum
The number one thing that you should do and visit in Marinduque is Luzon Datum. It is located in the place called Mataas na Bundok. A 500-step hike up the hill, will welcome you to a spot where the Philippine Flag is planted that marks the geographical center of the Philippines.
with JP, Mich, Celine, Louie, Char, Angelo, Chino,, Erika, and Nicole
Luzon Datum is a popular spot to witness the sunset.
2. Poctoy Beach
Poctoy White Beach is a beautiful beach destination in Marinduque that you can visit without taking a boat ride.
It has a long stretch of white sand and a good view of Mt. Malindig. During our trip, we had lunch at one of the cottages. You can buy food in Poctoy White Beach, “paluto” – style and labor is free depending on the food that you will order.
Environmental Fee – P50/pax
Cottage – P300/day, P600/overnight
Marinduque is known to be the Butterfly Capital of the Philippines and is the leading producer and exporter of live and preserved butterflies.
I am always fascinated with butterflies. They are beautiful creatures that undergo one of the most amazing growth and you can see these different stages of metamorphosis in Marl Inset and Butterfly Garden.
Sta Cruz Church in Marinduque is one of the beautiful churches I got to visit in the Philippines. It reminds me of the monasteries in Meteora with its interesting interior, ceiling with paintings and traditional altar.
Aside from old churches, there are also Heritage Houses in Marinduque that you can visit.
Related Read: Meteora: Monasteries Suspended in the Air
9. Heritage House
The town of Boac in Marinduque has small alleys and streets with heritage houses. We got to visit one of these houses and it so much reminds me of my grandmother’s home – wooden flooring, old style windows, and antique furniture.
Casa de Don Emilio
Just across the Marinduque Museum is Casa de Don Emilio, a beautiful ancestral home of Don Emilio Lardizabal.
What Pasalubong to Buy from Marinduque?
Marinduque is not only known for its Moriones Festival and nice beaches, but also arrowroat cookies. Arrowroat cookies are made from araro or arrowroat, a highly cultivated crop.
I hope you find this blog helpful.
On my next post, I will share stories about the beaches and islands in Marinduque that we visited.