Marinduque, Philippines-Is it an Island Paradise?
Sunset from the Balcony of the Chateau Du Mer Beach House
Marinduque- Is it an Island Paradise?
As a blogger and lover of Marinduque Island, my second home in the Philippines, I feel obligated to let the whole world know of its beauty and tourist attractions. Marinduque is known as the Heart of the Philippines and also of the annual Moriones Festival during Holy Week. The latest tourist attraction being promoted by the province are its caves, underground river and bird watching. Who knows someday, Marinduque may be known as the ecotourism capital of the Southern Tagalog region of the Philippinesl
Today, the transportation infra structure of the island is still in the middle ages because air transport from Manila has not been resumed for quite sometime. The problem from mining disaster a decade ago has not been completely solve, The political climate is typical of the Philippines where the island is run by a dynasty. Therefore , although the island is beautiful to call it an island paradise is a misnomer. But we love Marinduque-our second home. Please click on the 6.minute video above for the detail description of our second home as well as the tourist attractions of Marinduque.
Marinduque Island, Philippines
Where the Heck is Marinduque?
If you are geography savvy, then you are not a typical American or a Filipino citizen. I have lived in almost all regions of the US (West, Midwest and East) since 1960. I know that a typical American has no idea where Marinduque, Philippines is on the map. They probably know it is part of Asia and associate it with Japan or China. Even educated Filipinos (those with graduate degrees) have no idea where the heck is Marinduque. Some of them confused it with Martinique-an eastern Caribbean island!
An associate in our Philippine-American Academy of Science & Engineering (PAASE) organization who has a Ph.D in Biology and Genetics, whispered to me one day and apologized that she has no idea where Marinduque is in the Philippines, even though she grew up and studied in the Philippines for her college degree. I was shocked by her sincerity, but I realized she is not in the minority. A majority of Filipino-Americans now residing here in the US are in the same boat. They only knew the big cities and provinces in the Philippines.
As a blogger and a lover of Marinduque, my retirement island and second home, I feel it is my duty to let the world know, where the heck is Marinduque. Please allow me to give you a short overview of Marinduque-my island paradise.
Marinduque (Filipino: Marinduke pronounced [mɑrinˈduke]) is an island province of the Philippines located in the MIMAROPA (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) region in Luzon. The small province has six towns and its capital town is Boac.
Marinduque lies between Tayabas Bay to the north and Sibuyan Sea to the south. It is located south and west of Quezon, east of Mindoro, and north of Romblon. It is only about 30 minutes from Manila by air. It is the geographical center of the Philippines, so it is often known as the heart of the Philippines.
It is the only province with a song and dance ritual that welcomes visitors to the island, called Putong, thus Marinduquenos are considered the most hospitable people in the Philippines if not in the whole world.
Characterized by pristine natural beauty, Marinduque boasts a wide spectrum of unspoiled beaches, mountain peaks, fabled sulfur springs, limestone caves, cascading waterfalls, fringing reefs, virgin islets and old Churches.
Marinduque's legend informs us that it is an island born of passion and love. The locals tell the legend of a young couple, Marina and Garduke, who lived in the mainland of Luzon many years ago. Their love was pure and sincere, but their elders, who did not approve of the union, sought to tear them apart. The couple escaped to the sea, where they disappeared under the waves, never to be seen or heard from again. At that exact spot, a heart-shaped island emerged and was christened Marinduque, in memory of the young lovers.
Today the island province is a place of passionate minds, hearts and hospitable residents. The home of the colorful Moriones Festival, fascinating butterfly and orchid farms and the iconic Boac Cathedral is also now gaining worldwide acclaim as a must-visit vacation destination in Asia. Thanks in no small part to Bellarocca Island Resort and Spa, in just two short years, the Santorini-inspired resort has become the anchor attraction of the island. Even CNN has declared it one of Asia's next major tourist hotspot.
If you need additional information on the beauty of the island and its tourist attractions, please visit my site at http://www.marinduqueawaitsyou.blogspot.com or at http://marinduquemyislandparadise.blogspot.com.
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Are there Nude Beaches in Marinduque?
Are there Optional Clothing Beaches in Marinduque?
About a week ago, I met two young American couples from Southern California who also attended a birthday party that I attended in Walnut Creek, California. They love sunbathing so they asked me if Marinduque or other parts of the Philippines has “optional clothing beaches”.
I said, I really do not know but I will inquire. I informed them that I know of several secluded coves in Marinduque that you can sunbathe in the nude if you wish. I posted this question on Facebook and I received five comments as follows:
1.David, there are private beaches/cove in Torrijos or some of the islets around the south side beach of Gaspar Island in Tres Reyes. It is secluded and my foreign friends are using those areas but they should be discreet.
2.As long as they are discreet and not being a nuisance, I’ve found that you can pretty much do as you wish. (Note to everyone… No one wants to see what I’ve got!). Not certain about “official” nude beaches, but there are so many secluded, nearly empty stretches of beach here, and hundreds of little islets in the country, finding someplace shouldn’t pose a problem.
3.Anybody may do what they want provided it is not causing public disturbance. Marinduque is still considered as conservative place with people warm and friendly, yet will react if they see a nude body under the sun.
4.I have foreign guests from Europe every Easter. They love to sun bathe, so I bring them to an isolated cove in Tres Reyes Island. They love Marinduque, because of its nice beaches and hospitable residents and of course the Moriones Festival.
5.In general Filipinos are prude and conservative. I doubt if there are any nude beaches in the Philippines.
Do you know of nude beaches in the Philippines? I heard through the grapevine that Boracay and Palawan has optional clothing beaches patronized by tourists. Besides Boracay and Palawan, I heard also that there are optional clothing beaches in Guimaras, Bohol and Camarines Sur. Do you know if this is true or just pure fiction?
Moriones Parade in Boac
I left My Heart in Marinduque-a Parody
This is my parody of the signature song of Tony Bennett, I Left My Heart in San Francisco. My apology to Cory and Cross who wrote the song in 1954.
I have always wanted to write a song about “Leaving my Heart in Marinduque"—a parody of the signature song of Tony Bennett, I left My Heart in San Francisco. My sincere apologies to George Cory and Douglas Cross who wrote, I left My Heart in San Francisco in 1954. This song should be sung to the tune of the famous song in honor of the city by the Bay (San Francisco, California). Here it is, I hope you like it:
The loveliness of Fair Oaks
seems somehow sadly gay
The glory that was Boac
is another day!
I’ve been terribly alone
and forgotten in Sacramento
I’m going home to my town by the sea.
I left my heart in Marinduque
Near by the beach it beckons me
To be where the Moriones are
Come, visit wherever you are
The morning sun rise by the sea
I don’t care!
My love waits at Chateau Du Mer
Near the blue and calmy sea
When I come home to you, Marinduque
Chateau Du Mer will welcome me!
Note: Fair Oaks (a suburb of Sacramento), California is my first home but Chateau Du Mer, Boac, Marinduque, Philippines is my second home. My wife and I called ourselves snowbirds, because in wintertime, we fly to tropical Philippines to get away from the winter chills of Northern California. Marinduque is a small island province in the Philiipines. It is the heart and geographic center of the Philippines. Marinduque is also known for its and Morions and the Moriones Festival during Holy Week.