Oriental Mindoro town launches first-ever Moriones Festival
POSTED: Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
CALAPAN CITY – True to its promise of showboating their still to be untapped tourism potential, the municipal government of Naujan in Oriental Mindoro province has launched here its first Naujan Moriones Festival.
On Monday, April 14, more than 50 persons, wearing colorful moriones costumes, paraded in the streets of Naujan to start its week-long festival depicting the suffering and passion of Jesus Christ.
This is the first time that residents living in Naujan, as well as its guests and tourists, will experience a moriones event coincided with this Holy Week, which normally people in the southern part of Oriental Mindoro, especially in the municipalities of Pola, Pinamalayan and Bongabong and its neighboring province of Marinduque, get to see on these season.
According to Naujan Mayor Mark N. Marcos, the affair is just an “opening salvo” of their municipality to jumpstart its tourism activities this summer season.
The mayor disclosed that immediately after the said festival, a kite-flying activity will be held in selected beaches of Naujan, which is the biggest coastal and agriculture municipality in the whole Oriental Mindoro.
Dubbed “Saranggolahan (kite flying) sa Naujan,” youth, children and other kite enthusiasts in the town will be encouraged to compete with each other in how to fly colorful and big kites.
Coincided with this, the municipal government of Naujan will also launched its first ever beach volleyball within the town poblacion or center. “This is unique because for the first time, competition on beach volleyball will be held not in the beaches but also in the cemented town plaza,” Mayor Marcos said explaining they (organizers) will put man-made or replica of beach sands at the center of the municipal plaza.(By JUANCHO R. MAHUSAY)