Sta Cruz. Church

This church is the oldest church in the province, built in 1714.  Located in the biggest town, proudly stands this centuries old church. The church was renovated except for the bell tower and the altar.
Church's altar
From all the churches I've seen in Marinduque, this one has the grandest nave and altar.  Not as big as the Boac Cathedral but has its own allure. Like most of the churches in the Philippines, this one also has a cross-shape structure. 
Church's ceiling
Door's one panel
The church houses old paintings and sculptures that add to its attractions. This is very far from our town, Buenavista, but that long travel is all worth it.  I love old churches and I'm always amazed with them.

Boac Cathedral (Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral)

Located in Brgy. Mataas na Bayan, Boac it is a historical church where the Katipunan Flag is said to have been baptized.  The church was constructed in 1580 and completed in 1792.
 
It served as a refuge for people who fled in panic during the siege of Muslims & Spanish.  The Muslims was threatened by action of ruling Spanish government so they launch an attack on Christian towns.
During the attack, people began to pray at the throne of the Virgin Mary, asking for her help.  Legend says that a strong storm came and at the very height of the storm an image of a beautiful lady with outstretched arms appeared standing on the top of the wall. The Moros were terrified and fled in confusion.
Left: Door of the church with intricate design / Right: Bell displayed outside the church
After that incident, the image of Virgin Mary has been honored and given the title "Biglang Awa".  And to commemorate that miracle, a stone was built on the wall where the image appeared.  The longest bridge separating Boac into two towns is also called "Biglang Awa Bridge". 
Virgin Mary's statue in Balanacan
A larger-than-life size statue of the Virgin Mary was built in the shore of Balanacan, to welcome the visitors. This can be seen from the approaching RoRo.

Moriones Festival

Marinduque is well known for the Moriones Festival, celebrated every Semana Santa.  This festival is the way of remembering how Jesus Christ died and resurrected.
Displays during the Moriones Festival
During this festival, you'll see people walking around the town wearing their own version of a gladiator’s armor. The festival always ends on Easter Sunday, in which the beheading of Longinus is being portrayed.
Me copying longinus when his head was cut off
My niece trying the mask
When I was a little kid, I really thought the "Roman Soldiers" have beheaded the man portraying Longinus.  I was a little disappointed when I've found out that they only removed the mask as an act of the beheading.  I guess I have a little Roman blood in me, a gladiator's blood wanting to see some violence! But it's definitely an amazing experience.
You’ll see different kinds of roman masks, made from different kind of materials.  You’ll be amazed when you find out what kind of materials they used and how they created them.  And their effort is not wasted, as there’s a costume competition in every town.  Whoever created the most unique morion mask will get a prize.
Me & my niece with the borrowed mask
Sad to say I haven't seen the actual and official festival even though I'm from Marinduque.  The event always ends on a Sunday and that's the best part, though that also the day I need to go back to Manila.  But next year, I'll make sure to witness this event.

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DBR Grill

Located just beside the Dumaluan Beach Resort is this grill which offer fresh seafood and meat that can be cooked the way you want them.  This is said to be the cheapest restaurant in all of Panglao, though I can't compare because we didn't try the others.  But based on the number of people that eat here, it's probably true.
DBR Grill's location
There are a lot of options from fresh seafood, vegetable to ready to cook meat.  Once you are done choosing all the seafood and meat, tell them how you want it to be cooked.  They said it only takes 30 minutes, but our food take a lot longer.
Their menu
SUTUKIL is the popular way of cooking fresh food here in DBR Grill. SUTUKIL stands for Sugba (Grilled), Tula (simmered with tasty broth) & Kilaw (cook fresh fish using just a strong vinegar.
Sinigang na Hipon
Fresh fruits
They also offer unlimited rice, so you can eat more if you want to.  For beverages, they have the options of fresh fruit shakes, soda or beer.  DBR Grill is located at the beach facing the ocean.  You will enjoy eating while listening to the sound of the waves or feel the cool fresh air.
What we eat while waiting for our food

We paid for a total of Php1,001.00 for a group of 5 people, so it's only Php200.20 per person. The staffs are not very accommodating, not sure if it's because they have a lot of customers. Nothing spectacular in their cooking, it doesn't even taste like a regular home cooking. Well, we all have different taste buds, not good to me might be delicious to you. DBR Grill is open daily from 6:00am to 11:00pm.

Bohol Bee Farm

It's been raining the whole time we stayed in Bohol so when we arrived at the farm, it has this very relaxing, fresh and cozy atmosphere.  Growing up in the province, it's very nostalgic for me. 
Bohol Bee Farm is known for their organic produce and of course, organic food. They offer delicious meals from their own organically produced vegetables, from squash muffins, cassava chips, vegetable lasagna to flowers salad.
Organic garden near the store
View from the retaurant
The farm is just a regular looking farm, but what I love the about the place is their restaurant.  It's looking over the ocean!  I wanted to eat at the verandah so I can look over the ocean while eating, but it started to rain again so we just stayed inside the restaurant.
Camote Bread with the option of Mango & Pesto spread
Cassava chips with dip
We scheduled our visit to the farm during lunchtime so we can try their specialties.  My friend told me to try the flowers salad, it looks pretty but at the back of my mind I feel weird, because I have this notion that we don't eat flowers.  It tastes weird at first, but since the dressing is so good, I liked it eventually.  The bread, and cassava chips are to die for.
Flowers salad
The farm has an organic store where you can find the most delicious mango and pesto jam.  Organic honey is also available and other local treats. You can only buy these items here, so make sure to buy lots and take them home. I was not able to take pictures of the store because I got too busy and excited selecting. Oh and they have taste test for the jams so it will be easy for you to decide what you will like. 
Vegetable lasagna
For nature lover and just want to have a relaxing vacation, you can stay at this nature-inspired resort. You can have peace and the entire farm all to yourselves.  I'm not just sure of there's a beach nearby because from what I can see, the farm is situated so high from the ocean.
Spare ribs kare-kare with salad
I want to explore the bee farm, but since the majority of the group is tired and rather explores the store, I was not able to do so. Beside the store, there's an ice cream store that offers unique flavors of ice cream.  Make sure to have one, and try the durian ice cream, it's really good.
Lounge beside the retaurant
 
Indoor swimming pool
Going back to the parking area, we took a different path and we were able to see the indoor swimming pool and the art gallery.
Art gallery near the swimming pool
Ice cream store on the background
It's really worth coming here even though it's out of the way. Bohol Bee Farm is all about natural, organic, hospitable and refreshing environment. If you want to to be refreshed this is the perfect place to BEE! 

Their Value Statement:
Everything we do at Bohol Bee Farm is geared towards encouraging and inspiring our farmers to practice Organic farming. They don’t need to spend for costly conventional fertilizers, nor use harmful pesticides in their farms. Basic composting and companion planting are alternatives we offer in their stead.


We also introduce and teach them different livelihood activities they can pursue in tandem with farming, and assist them in marketing their products to make such activities sustainable. We highly value the principle of giving back to our communities, and to society, in general, the benefits we derived from it. After all, our one true gift to ourselves, and ultimately to others, lies not in what we have accumulated for our own, but how much of it we shared with them.



Furthermore, we ardently support an agricultural development that leads to healthier soils and diverse agricultural ecosystems, conditions that help promote a better environment. One that we hope would be populated by a happier and healthier people.



- The Bohol Bee Farm Family -
 Please visit their website for more details: www.boholbeefarm.com 
 
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