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Friday, May 20, 2011
Gasan-Gasan Festival on Easter Sunday, Marinduque
This is an Easter Sunday Festival held in Gasan town where the only commercial airport in Marinduque is located. The town's lady mayor in 2002 with the help of her advisers conceptualize a new daytime Easter festival for Gasan than can compete with the other towns in terms of attracting visitors during the Holy Week celebration. The Marinduque towns of Mogpog, Boac and Gasan draw the most tourists because of the unique Lenten rituals and practices observed in these three towns.
Gasan prides itself as the cultural nerve-center of Marinduque with good reason. It was in Gasan where the moriones tradition was discovered by local journalists in the 1960s. Prior to this there was no other account of any Philipine festival that is charaterized by the use of masks. Menfolk of the towns of Mogpog (where the tradition originated), Boac and Gasan don wooden masks during the Holy Week with attires similar to those worn by Roman soldiers.
Barangays compete for cash prizes during this event. Below are two videos for your viewing pleasure.
Gasan Gasan Festival, 2008
Gasan Gasan Festival 2011