Marinduque: More Than Just the Moriones

Trip Start Jun 01, 2006
Trip End Jun 05, 2006

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Monday, August 27, 2007

Marinduque Island, off Luzon, is well known for its Moriones Festival but much of the island's beautiful sites (white sand beaches, hot springs, lofty mountains, waterfalls, etc.) are relatively unknown or taken for granted. We actually drove around the island in three hours, as the main highway connects all six towns, but we opted to do this in a leisurely pace via a rented taxi, with Boac, the capital, as our starting point. Along the way we espied, from afar, t he 11-hectare, aptly named Elephant Island (has sheer cliffs, a half-kilometer long white sand beach and a soon-to-open, world-class resort) and Tres Reyes Islands (Baltazar, Gaspar and Melchor, all named after the Biblical Three Kings) .Our first stop would be Malbog Sufur Spring, located at the foot of 1,157-meter (3,797-foot) high, rarely climbed Mount Marlanga (has three unique peaks), the highest mountain in the province.   Located three kilometers from Buenavista, the spring's hot waters, said to cure certain skin ailments. The piece de resistance of our trip was our visit to the residence of Hans Peter Ulrich and his Filipina wife Marilou who rents out a two-room cottage with bath and kitchen in Barangay Poctoy (Torrijos).  The cottage was then being rented by seven vacationing production staff (six women and a man) of GMA 7's Starstruck program.  Fronting it is a small private cove of sparkling white sand which we soon frolicked in with gusto.  A short walk from the cottage is the one-kilometer long, fine white sand Poctoy White Sand Beach, Marinduque's best. 
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