An international cruise ship carrying foreign tourists is docking in a port in Marinduque on Wednesday, November 8.
This is the first time the island will be visited by a large ship filled with vacationers.
The boat named Coral Adventure Expedition Cruise Line is coming from Australia.
It will dock at Cawit Port in Boac, the capital of Marinduque.
Upon arrival, guests will be welcomed by bright and colorful centurions called ‘Morions.’
They are men and women wearing wooden-carved masks and armors, embodying the army officers in Ancient Rome.
Centurions portray a major role in Moriones Festival being celebrated by the province during Holy Week.
Aside from this treat, tourists will be honored in the traditional ‘putong’ ritual.
Marinduqueńos will put crowns on the tourists’ heads while dancing and singing delightful folk songs for the visitors.
The special number is capped with a shower of flowers, petals and coins for good luck and well wishes.
Marinduque Governor and former Supreme Court Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr. and Former House Speaker and Marinduque Lone District Representative Lord Allan Velasco organized the event.
“We are hoping that cruise ships like the one coming over this weekend will be more frequent,” Velasco told Inquirer.net.
“We would like holiday makers in other parts of the globe to discover Marinduque as a beautiful tropical destination as they embark on their exciting and memorable island-hopping experiences,” the governor said.