Folklore without a folk: questions in the preservation of the Marinduque Moriones heritage

Catherine S. CHAN*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Since the 1870s, the Moriones festival has been part of the Lenten celebrations in Marinduque, located at the heart of the Philippines. Inventoried by the Philippine government, the National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA) and the Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region (ICHCAP) as one of the Philippines’ intangible cultural heritage, the Moriones festival has exhibited various problems regarding a decreasing historical value, political intervention and increasing detachment from the Marinduque community. This study raises questions on regional inventorying of ICH, especially in light of what needs to be tackled before, during and after the incorporation of traditions and practices as ICH.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-40
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Heritage Studies
Issue number1
Early online date14 Sept 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

My thanks are due to Trish Nicholson for generously sharing her research and for answering my questions regarding her personal experience of the Moriones festival through email.


  • Intangible cultural heritage
  • Moriones festival
  • Philippines


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