Moriones

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Moriones|
A Written Report|
Arizala, Robin Jay
Grepo, Rascelle L.
Diane Valerie Malabanan
Catherine Keith Malabad
Donnavie Zapanta

Arizala, Robin Jay
Grepo, Rascelle L.
Diane Valerie Malabanan
Catherine Keith Malabad
Donnavie Zapanta

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HISTORICAL IMPLICATION
The historical significance of the "Moriones" is attached to the origin of the name.  It came from the Spanish word "Morion", meaning helmet, which Spanish conquistadors wore. The "Moriones" first appeared in Mogpog in 1807, where it was said to be started by Fr. Dionisio Santiago, then the Parish Priest of Mogpog.  While the accuracy of the year has yet to be established, most "Marinduquenos" agree that the "Moriones" originated in Mogpog, which was then, still a barrio of Boac.

        The "Moriones" are men wearing curved wooden masks, portraying centurions from the Bible, who have made it a vow to roam the streets as penance for any grievous sin committed, or a pledge of gratitude for surviving sickness or misfortune.  Neither good-looking nor kind faced, the masks are painted pink or red and have heavy black beards.  The men also wear brightly colored costumes with their headgears elaborately decorated with tinsel paper flowers.  Inside these fantastic costumes, the men must endure the summer heat to complete their penance or sacrifice.

        As they go about the streets, they play pranks on the townspeople, serenade the ladies and scare the children.  The victims never know exactly who to blame because the "Moriones" guard their identities to the extent that they are not even known to their families, and when addressed by spectators; they disguise their voice by uttering bird-like sounds.         The highlight of the ceremony takes place on Easter Sunday, wherein the "Moriones" try to catch a character portraying Longinus, a Biblical figure, who appears at the festival for the first time. Longinus wears a mask with a blink eye, usually larger than those of the other...
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