“Off with his head!”

The War Fish's Lair

Although the practice has lived for more than 100 years, the term Moriones is but a modern invention coined by ‘outsiders’ in the 1960s—native Marinduqueños prefer to call their festival Moryonan.

The Moryonan culminates in a roller-coaster ride of a ‘pageant’—at times raucous and jubilant, with moments of sadness and grief—reenacting the final days of the Roman centurion Longinus, the Pugutan or Beheading.

DSC_0065Christian legend has it that Longinus was a partially blind Roman soldier who thrust a spear into Christ’s side at the crucifixion—that spear became the much sought-after Spear of Destiny. Some of Jesus’ blood fell upon his eyes and healed his impaired vision. Despite this miracle though, Longinus was not fully convinced about the Divinity of Jesus Christ. Later events after the death of Christ will lead to his complete conversion to Christianity.

Upon orders of the Roman High Council, Longinus and his legion were ordered…

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My sense of humor can be keen, sarcastic, silly or corny -- sometimes all at once. I enjoy meeting new people with no preconceived ideas about what or what is not possible. You get much more out of life by being open minded and willing. I'm an easy going, good-natured person who loves life and loves people. I'm both optimistic and realistic and pretty objective when it comes to assessing situations, events, etc. In general I am a very positive person and you'll usually find we with a smile on my face.

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