Joven M. Lilles (2014)rev.7/20/2021
One of the cultural gems of the province, Tubong or Putong is being practiced in every town, every barangays of the province, this tradition that originated hundred of years ago, got many versions. Done to celebrate or welcome distinguished guests through music and dance, with guests being crowned of ornately design flower bedecked crown, given scepter of flowers, showered with coins and flowers and lately showered by lively butterflies.
One of the oldest built heritage of the province. Started construction around 1590. Built with an earthquake baroque architecture located at the top of a hill surrounded by high stone walls and bulwarks, inside the enclosed compound is the original site of the “ Ina ng Biglang –awa” shrine. Marinduque Museum
National Museum –Marinduque branch displays the cultural past and arts exhibits of the province, located at the town center, housed in an old Spanish built building that used to be a children’s school, prison, courthouse, library until it was converted into a museum. Casa Real
Newly built replica of the old Spanish “Casa Real” that served as the administrative center of the province built on its original location. Today is it used by the Municipal Government of Boac as a multi-purpose building. Boac Ancestral Houses
A collection of more than a dozen Spanish and turn of the century ancestral houses scattered around the town center and was built by well- to- do families of Boac. The original architecture were preserved though today, it serves as mixed used facilities. Moriones
The world famous Lenten tradition of Marinduque, the oldest masked ritual that is held with week long activities combined with religious processions, cenaculos, “Way of the Cross,” Marinduque products expositions, unique parades of biblically-inspired costumes and “Pugutan” the highlight of the Moriones.
Bila-Bila Festival –local term for butterflies, this street dancing competition and parade is held annually during the town fiesta of Boac on December 8th. From five districts of the municipality, everyone will compete for the best choreography, most number of participants, and best dressed contingent. Kabugsakan Falls
Located at the interior part of Brgy. Tugos, accessible from the end of the barangay road with 30 minutes trek and river fording towards a forested area where the falls of around 40 feet is located. There are natural pools for swimming at its foot.
Battle of Paye Site
Located in Sitio Paye, Brgy. Balimbing where the first successful battle of the local Marinduque revolutionaries led by Capt. Teofilo Roque over the American volunteers on July 31, 1900. A National Historical Institute marker was placed near a portion of riverbed where the skirmish happened. Baliis Mountain View
Located along the highest highway system of the province that covers Brgy. Bantay and Hinapulan, the area offers a scenic view of “above the clouds” or “sea of clouds” experience, and can be compared or at par with views of Tagaytay or the Cordilleras. After the less restrictions of the Covid 19 pandemic in the province, lately this has appealed to almost a thousand visitors especially during the weekends. The Makulapnit, Bol, and Hinapulan river valleys that empties to the great Boac river are densely covered by low lying fog that can be observed on the early morning hours from 4AM to 8AM along the stretch approximately 3 -4 kilometers of this national highway. Hinulugan Falls
One of the biggest free-drop waterfalls of the province located in the hinterlands of Brgy. Sabong, Boac and Brgy. Sibuyao, Torrijos. The reason is that it occupies a very large catchment area of approximately 2,717 hectares from barangays of both Boac and Torrijos. The falls area is bounded by high angled forested mountainsides and medium sized river basin. There is a deep pool at the foot of the falls where one can swim and dive from above the ridge of the waterfall. Extension of an existing concrete barangay road two and a half kilometer in length is an essential factor in the access to the waterfalls.
Straddling on the municipalities of Buenavista and Torrijos, Mt. Malindig is the highest peak of the province towering at 1,157 MASL. This dormant type of volcano located on the extreme southern portion of the heart shaped island of Marinduque, is a home of endemic flora and fauna and a favorite mountaineering destination. Rated as easy to moderate for climbing enthusiasts, it has three peaks, the north, which is the highest, the central, where the former caldera is located, and south rockies peak. The north peak is a mossy forest while the slopes grades from coconut groves, grassy to secondary forest. Malbog Sulfur Springs
This natural sulfur springs is located on the edge of the Malindig volcano, a famous picnic attractions of the locals and its sulfuric waters is said to be an effective treatment for skin maladies. During the early 1900, a local Marinduque pharmacist concocted and bottled small amounts of its water and sold in Manila as medicine for stomach problems.
A privately owned mineral hot spring resort that offers five different swimming pools and modest accommodations, parking area, camping area and cabanas just 400 meters upstream of the Malbog Sulfur Springs.Haynon Hills
Located at the foothills of the western side of Balagbag Mountain Range, these undulating hills that have been utilized as pasture land offers a relaxing view of scattered clamps of grassy and hilly terrain of different heights and elevation that turns color brown during summer months, due to the dry grasslands, acquiring a title of “Chocolate Hills of Haynon” but turns green during rainy season. Now is a favorite destination of hikers, mountain bikers and plain visitors. Accessible via a barangay road that turns to the left before the Malbog Sulfur Springs. Bellarocca Island Resort
Located at Elephant Island on the extreme southernmost side of Marinduque. This high end resort and spa provide Santorini inspired architecture and landscape plus offers a nine hole golf course, all major water sports activities, a sweeping panorama of Mt. Malindig southern slopes plus the whole of Tablas Strait and Sibuyan Sea. Famous locations of honeymoons and special wedding venues.(Closed temporarily) Tuba Festival
A celebration that started in Brgy. Bagacay and was adapted by the town where local folks parade each group donning home-made costumes out of coconuts.
In between the first island and the mainland, shipwrecks of Chinese merchant vessels dating back to the Sung and Ching dynasty were salvaged in the 80’s . Recovered from the wrecks were hundreds of porcelain jars, plates, skillets, etc some are now housed at the National Museum.
Gaspar island is the nearest from the mainland, it offers crushed coral white sand beaches and secluded coves. Location of archeologically important caves on its eastern rock formations. An ideal snorkeling and scuba diving area. The only island that is inhabited.
Melchor is the middle island with several areas for wall scuba diving.
Baltazar is the farthermost island where an American- built Lighthouse Guardhouse still stands. This lighthouse guardhouse is planned to be renovated and conserved for its historical, architectural and maritime navigational value. On its northeast part underwater, is a cave for advanced scuba diving that enters into a 60 feet depth entrance and exits 90 feet depth. Mantas and sharks occasionally appears on this island. Butterfly Farms
Located near and on the town proper are butterfly farms that offers a glimpse of the butterfly life cycle though the live samples of butterfly larvae, pupae and full grown butterfly of several species inside big cages where live species freely flutter. Available are stuffed butterfly- based souvenir items. ST. JOSEPH THE SPOUSE OF MARY CHURCH (GASAN Catholic Church)
Located on a hill overlooking the poblacion of Gasan and Tablas Strait, the newly renovated church features an exquisite example of Filipino church art as shown on its inside decoration, paintings, sculpture, etc made be local artists and craftsman. A collection of antique church bells plus a list of former priests that served on the parish are located on its northwestern part of the church.
Gasan Nature and Butterfly Park
Located on a rolling hill at the eastern edge of town, this nature park offers flower gardens, winding walkways, artificial waterfalls, picnic grove with butterfly cages maintained and managed municipal government adjacent to another municipal park.(Non-operational) Gasang-Gasang Festival(GASAN Catholic Church) A joyous celebration faith and thanksgiving for the “newly Risen Christ” featuring street dancing competitions between 21 barangays of the municipality held annually during Easter Sunday highlighted by a final performance in front of thousand audiences for judging in one of the town’s open park. Talao Cave A maze of caverns, sinkholes, and multi-level chambers located in the interior forested part of Brgy. Tiguion. Can be accessed by travelling the barangay road and trekking uphill to the cave’s location. The Provincial Cave Assessment Team have recommended this cave as Class II or can be used for ecotourism thru trained cave guides. This cave is included in the recently held 14th PSS National Caving Congress. Pangkat Kalutang A local band of musicians from Brgy. Bangbang playing unique pairs of instruments, sticks of wood (made from Kwatingan or Bayog) of different sizes struck together producing syncopated percussion music of local songs. Lead and organized by Maestro Tirso Serdena, an acknowledged National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) National Culture Bearer award. The group has performed in many places in the country to showcase their unique kind of music. Usually they perform welcoming guests and playing on birthdays and other local provincial events and holidays.
This rock marker was established on 1911 by the US Coast and Geodetic Survey as the Geodetic Center of the country. A hole drilled inside an etched triangle in cubic meter of diorite rock outcrop at the top of the highest hill (272.42 MASL) in Brgy. Hinanggayon. The provincial government of Marinduque, DENR, NHCP, NAMRIA developed the area and was inaugurated on its centennial year in 2011. It is located with an almost 360 wide ranging view of Tayabas Bay, Mompong Pass and Tablas Strait. Managed and maintained by the local folks under the management of the provincial Government and a Community-Based Eco Tourism Program.
A visitor’s center is now under construction near the end of the regular access road to cater to the needs of numerous guests and tourists. Moriones Lenten RitesLuzon Datum of 1911 National Landmark
The town of Mogpog started this century old masked tradition introduced by Fr. Dionsio Santiago around 1870 in order to encourage more town folks into the Christian faith. Men and some women don wooden masks and colorful costumes resembling the Roman soldiers during the time of Christ. This tradition is highlighted by the “Pugutan” of Longino on Easter Sunday. Today Mogpog Morions still practices the age old tradition of its ancient and original forms of sacrifice. Balanacan Cove
This is one of the most ideal and secluded cove of the province that witnessed the long history of Marinduque. This location was chosen by the Spanish Admiralty as construction and repair facility of the Spanish navy. The galleon “San Juan de Bautista” and almirante “San Marcos” were made in this cove.
During the closing of WWII, on November 25, 1944, two of the four Imperial Japanese Navy warships camouflaging in the cove were sunk by the American dive bombers form the USS Intrepid and killing thousands of Japanese. Two Jap shipwrecks still lays done under 140 feet of water for advanced wreck divers to explore.
Today, Balanacan serves as the main gateway of the province both for commuter traffic and commerce. Small islets that dots the surrounding area are ideal snorkeling, scuba diving and picnic sites.
Balanacan View Deck and Bacud Hill- located near the boundary of Brgy. Ino, the present view deck which offers a 270 degree view of the northwestern portion of Mogpog, was reconstructed from a single storey galvanized iron roofing into a two- storey concrete slab view area. Overlooking its north side, Bacud Hill, a former Goldstsar Mining Corporation port facility which operated as an iron ore mine port during the pre-war and post-war till the 1950’s., today an access concrete road leads to an unfinished concrete structure where a roofdeck open view area is available. Proposed site for a World War II Memorial Site to honor both the victors and the vanquished on this great war and in consonance as the venue of an air and naval battle on its waters. Bintakay (Camarines) Cave
This cave is located in the oldest limestone formation of the province, located in Brgy. Bintakay near the historic battle site of Camarines, a rocky protuberance where Filipino revolutionaries during the Spanish-Filipino war used as their last stand. This cave features wide chambers, tight squeeze passages, profusion of insect bats, and beautiful speleothems. Can be accessed by a 25 minutes uphill trek from the Barangay Hall. This cave was assessed by the PCAT as Class II and is included in the recently held 14th National Caving Congress cave destination. Paadjao Falls
Located in Brgy. Bocboc, Paadjao Falls is a 100 plus feet cascading falls into a 6 feet deep natural swimming pool at its foot surrounded by tall forest trees and coco groves. A favorite picnic area both by foreign and local tourists, it is the most accessible falls in the province. Tarug Caves
Located inside the municipal forest park, Tarug Cave can be accessed via the barangay road, the caves are small and don’t have deep chambers, but it offers a 300 feet tall limestone walls going to the top excellent for rock climbers and rappelling. Kangga Festival
Celebrated annually in honor of the town’s patron St. Isidore de Labrador, patron of farmers where barrio folks converge at the town and parade with its own “kanga” or wooden sled pulled by a carabao and bedeck with different products from each locality. The celebration is capped by the contest of the most beautiful “kangga”, on cooking of local delicacies and the unhusking of coconuts. Ulong Bay Area A now famous area for local tourists as late afternoon to early evening promenade and as swimming beach area consisting of about a kilometer long on Brgy. Capayang on the north side and around 1.2 kilometers on the south side of Brgy. Nangka II, Mogpog. The Municipal Government of Mogpog through the funding of the DOT-DPWH convergence program Tourism Road Improvement Project envisioned to be developed as a Ulong Bay Esplanade complete with parking areas, bike and jogging lanes, kiosks, open park, convenience stores among others. Today the north side of the abandoned CMI reclaimed area has been concreted and a seawall has been in partially completed.
On its most southern part near the Mogpog River delta, a group of locals of Brgy.Nangka II was organized with the aim of developing a five hectare mixed mangrove and beach properties which has been applied for a Forest Lease Agreement for Tourism (FLAgT) project under the DENR-Marinduque.
On its north eastern part is Brgy. Ino which is bounded by Trozo creek with Brgy. Capayang. A huge area of mangrove and diverse riparian ecosystems that harbors variety of mangrove forest flora and fauna. An abandoned 9-hole golf course has been partly occupied by existing elementary school grounds donated by the owners of Consolidated Mines Inc. While an 8.4 hectare mine dumpsite of overburden materials lays vacant that is around thirty feet in height on average.
The original structure still remains but was now converted as a barangay office. This was used as an early warning look-out point during the height of the Moro raids in Marinduque during the Spanish period. Bagumbungan Underground River Cave
This cave is located at Brgys. San Isidro and Punong, with around 2km underground river of mapped and assessed areas by the PCAT (Provincial Cave Assessment Team) and is classified as Class II. The regular entrance is located at San Isidro and a through and through explorations/trekking/ fording will go out at Brgy. Punong. The Cave Guides through the Municipality of Sta. Cruz constructed a visitor center at San Isidro for briefing and setting up personal safety equipments for visitors. A profusion of fruit bats and occasional reptiles can be found inside. It features an array of large chambers, flowstones, rim dams, variety of pristine speleothems and a cascading waterfall which is the turning point of newbie cavers. More adventurous visitors can opt to get out in Brgy. Punong. Can be accessed via the 16 km mixed combination of National road and barangay road from the town center. This is the main featured cave that was included in the 14th National Caving Congress and is now pushed as the best caving destination by the Prov. Tourism Office due to the well-organized Community-Based Tourism Program of the locals and its cave guides. There are three access road that leads to Bagumbungan cave at Brgy. San Isidro, first is the crossing from the National Road at Brgy. Landy, second is the crossing of the National Road at Brgy. Lamesa, Sta, Cruz and third is the crossing of the national road at Brgy. Banto, Mogpog to Pili, Mendez, Sayao-Dinahunan, Mogpog to Brgy. Botilao to Brgy. San Isidro Sta. Cruz. Bathala Caves
Located at Brgy. Ipil, Bathala cave have been a more popular cave destination in Sta. Cruz before, it features large church like interiors, archeological cave, and python cave. Though the cave is located in a titled private property, there is no organized community that caters to the basic needs of the visitors. The promotions of this cave as a current destination has been discouraged by the PCAT due none existence of a viable and working management plan. The private owners of the land are uncooperative. Botilao- Ipil- San Isidro- Punong- Dating Bayan Karst Forest
An almost 300 hectares forest over limestone environment featuring high angles limestone cliffs, unexplored caves and cavities, disappearing creeks and rivers, mixed used coconut groves, habitat of many endemic species of birds, snakes, mammals, insects, exotic plants, etc. As per land classification by the DENR, these areas are considered timberland and owned by the National Government. A detailed biodiversity survey, geological survey, hydrology survey, topography survey can be undertaken and later be a basis for declaration as a special biosphere and geopark that can be at par with the famous Masungi Geopark of Baras, Rizal, CALABARZON. Kawa-kawa Falls
This multi-pool water falls is located in Brgy. Bancuangan, named after some large kettle-like pools that are excellent for family picnics and refreshing dips. The falls can be accessed via less than 2 km of barangay road from the crossing of national road at Landy. Polo, Maniwaya and Mompong Islands
Set on the northeastern fringes of the Municipality of Sta. Cruz lies these three major islands. Formed underwater during the late Pliestocene era were quiet marine conditions made favorable the development of massive coral beds, these terraced coral deposits lays the major composition of the three islands that now explains the long stretches of powdery white sand beaches it now possess.
Polo island is the nearest of the three islands that can be reached in less than 25 minutes by motorized outrigger from Buyabod Port. It has the largest wetland forest that is half of the island size. Due to its character, it harbors many different species of local and transient birds, a good number of macaque monkeys, fruit bats plus diverse selection of marshland and marine flora and fauna. The island was the site of former island prison for captured Filipino revolutionaries used by the American forces during the Fil-American War of 1900-1901. Maniwaya Island
The middle of the three islands and is the most popular, offer stretches of fine white sand beaches, a 1.3 km along the southwest and 1.2 km on its northeast side. The southwest portion today is slowly being developed by locals with modest and comfortable accommodations and other watersports amenities. On the islands northeast side, is an offshore sand bar called Palad, an exciting place of unique splendor where the tidal fluctuations commands the availability to visitors. An immaculate stretch of crushed coral sands in the middle of the sea that appears only during low tides. A must-see attraction for Maniwaya visitors. Recently locals developed a small area on the west side of the island a clamshell sanctuary for snorkeling and observation.
Mompong Island- the farthest among the three with less than an hour of boat ride from Buyabod port, offers the distinctive geological formation locally known as “Ungab”a natural land bridge curved by incessant sea wave actions on a sedimentary rock formation (Early Pliestocene dominantly marine tuffaceous clastics) on the island extreme eastern portion, while a 2.5 km white sand beach on its original state is on the north. The only island with a small natural lake on its northeasterly side. Botilao Seascapes and Landscapes
Located on the central northern portion of Marinduque, Brgy. Botilao, Sta. Cruz, Marinduque is bounded on the west by Brgy. Sayao, Mogpog, on the south by Brgy. San Isidro, on the east by Brgy. Ipil, Sta. Cruz and Tayabas bay on the north.
The area is accessible by land transportation in two (3) routes. One from a mixed concrete and macadam road from the crossing at the National Highway at Brgy. Lamesa, Sta. Cruz. Passing by Brgy. Punong, San Isidro and to Botilao covering around eight (8) kilometers, while another entry is at the crossing of the National Highway at Brgy. Landy passing Brgys, Lusok, Ipil and Botilao covering around ten (10) kilometers of mixed concrete and macadam road. The third access concrete road from the national highway at Brgy. Banto going to Brgy. Pili, Mogpog, then to Brgy. Mendez to Brgy. Sayao, Mogpog via the Dinahunan- Tanawan road till the Botilao barangay proper.
This remarkable area is blessed with six major islets and one minor islet. The biggest is Banot, next is Hakupan, then Pitogo, Manrique, Penarroyo and Perlas. An estimated area of 275 hectares of inland body of water comprise the inner part of the seascape, while another estimated 546 hectares of water north of the chain of islands up to the separate Hakupan island. A great potential as frontier for island hopping, inland water sports activities, scuba and skin diving and other outdoor activities.
Hakupan Island is located off northernmost part which holds a white sand crushed coral beach and sand bar that changes its configuration depending on the prevailing wind and current conditions. About a 100 meters northwest of the island is a submerged big coral reef around 60 feet deep, as big as the old capitol building. The body of water south of the island was previously experimented as a pearl farm and site for edible seaweeds culture. This island have been a favorite picnic grounds of visitors from adjacent municipality. This island containing an area of 6.2588 hectares and is classified as Timberland under project 5 of Sta. Cruz, Marinduque per Bureau of Forestry Land Classification Map 789 dated November 22, 1928.
Banot island which covers the biggest area and partly classified as Alienable and Disposable Land as per DENR Land Classification map 789 dated November 22, 1928. Local fisherman attested that there are sea caves located in the extreme northeast part of the island that can be validated by the Provincial Cave Assessment Team, if it can be classified for tourism purposes, thereby adding another outdoor activity in the area. Unique rock formations probably of columnar basalt are displayed in Banot Island on the central south portion along the waterline and mangroves.
Other islands, the Manrique, Perlas, Penarroyo and Pitogo have their own unique characteristics and can accommodate construction of ecolodges that can blend with the island adventure ambiance. Harnessing solar energy can be utilized using photovoltaic power for simple lightings and other low consumption utilities.
Proposed construction of a Visitors Center in the middle of the inland waters on stilts and connected to the mainland via elevated bamboo walkways is on the drawing boards to cater to guests, serving as small coffee shop and native restaurant, rest area, launching pad for island hopping adventures and community- based tourism cooperative office.
Nowadays, the main tourism attraction in the area is the Hakupan Islands white sand beach and swimming.
On the mainland side, the whole barangay is covered by lush mangrove forest on the water edges. These natural habitat and roosting areas for diverse wildlife species offers another activity for birdwatchers, bird photographers and simple banca tours on its edges. Today, several local fisherman through the Marinduque Fisheries Office, nurturing aqua-silvi culture that gives additional income for locals, and is a natural eco-agri tourism attraction of the place.
With the nearby location of the now famous Bagumbungan Undeground River Cave of San Isidro, an exceptional tourism cluster is formed and can be offered to quality guests bringing the local tourism development initiatives to areas lesser known in the past but promising a bright future to the communities for other alternative livelihood projects. Carmen Eco-Adventure Park( now Provincial Tourism and Agricultural Development Center)
The former agriculture training center located at Tamayo is now converted in an eco-adventure park that offers two conference rooms, 100-bed capacity living quarters, dining room and kitchen plus a four air-conditioned rooms with twin beds and baths. Stands for Center for Agricultural Research Management & Enterprise Network, a 12 minutes ride from town center, one can enjoy kayaking at Isla Del Carmen inside a navigable marshland waterways for around 25 minutes, an Olympic- size adult and kiddie pool attracts both local and other visitors. for more adventurous type, a 7.5 kilometer kayak route will bring you to Buyabod bay. A 270 hectares of protected wetlands harbors diverse flora and fauna on its northern side, bird watching and fire fly watching is one of the offered activity. Board walk inside the wetland forest gives an insight of an agglomeration of known 20 species of mangroves. Catch and weigh fishing is offered on the fresh and brackish fishponds. A coffee shop, convenience store and a butterfly museum is housed inside the Tambayan hall. A 450-meter zipline is offered to add high adventure experience in the park. A monkey trail inside the Cabatuan karst forest can be availed to witness occasional appearances of macaque monkeys.(NOTE: Not operational as of this time.) Mt. Matalim (Makulapnit) Camping Area) A open grassy area at the north slopes of Mt. Matalim around 10 hectares offers a wide expanse of view of the far islands of Polo, Mompong and Maniwaya on the east, Mt. Tapian on the west and Mt. paying-payong on the northeast. With it high elevation , chilly temperature is an added attraction. Have been the venue of overland camping of the recently held 2020 Jeep Club Philippines composed of 60 units 4×4 offroad vehicles. Makulapnit Man-made Lake Located on the southern portion of the man-made lake is a newly discovered overlanding/camping grounds that offers thick forest trees surrounding the campsite beside the lake. An ideal family outing/camping location where one can enjoy angling for fresh water fishes in the lake, bird watching and star gazing during the night.
Starting from the end of the road going to Ambango Rocky Beach along the beachside, alienable and disposable lands (private) while the concerned rocky beach was owned by Ampeloquio family based on available tax declaration records of the Provincial Assessors office.
Another 350 meters of rocky beach was trekked till the elevated rocky part was reached around less 5 meters above sea level. As seen from the edge of rocky cliff that can be trekked, crystal clear waters strikes the rocky portions of the area, sculpting a different seascape and landscape. This feature is in itself gives a unique natural attraction. There are submerged rocky edges which can provide swimming areas as deep a more than 10 meters, but also poses great danger to non-swimmers.
This area can be featured as a unique geosite located in the middle easterly most part of the island province consisting basaltic and andesitic flows with agglomerates intercalated with some clastics. Unique naturally sculpt rock formations abound in the area resembling a man’s face, a huge flower etc. MARINDUQUE Scuba Diving Sites Spread around the province under water attractions, are dive sites in Poctoy-Cagpo Torrijos:, Yook, Buenavista:, Baltazar Island of Tres Reyes, Pinggan, Gasan, Natangco and San Andres Islands of Silangan, and Japanese WWI wreck at Balanacan, Mogpog; the islands of Sta. Cruz (Polo, Maniwaya and Mompong).
These dive sites offer different levels of diving proficiencies like underwater caves, wreck diving, under water canyon, variety of hard and soft corals and unique sea creatures for underwater macro photography. Being an island province, clear visibility is expected specially on islands offshore. MARINDUQUE WILD LIFE SANCTUARY An almost 9,000 hectares of two blocks of timberland is declared in Central Marinduque included in National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS), under Presidential Proclamation No. 696 dated 8/17/2004 straddling the municipalities of Boac, Gasan, Buenavista, Torrijos and Sta. Cruz. This forest zone is the home of a wide variety of flora and fauna, one of which is the endangered Rufous Hornbill (Rufous hydrocorax), the highly endangered Northern Giant Cloud Rat (Phloeomys pallidus), found in Luzon, Catanduanes and Marinduque. They live primarily in treetops in the forest, feeding at night on tender young leaves and shoots. Among the largest rodents in Asia, weighing up to 2.6 kg, endemic species of butterflies, reptiles, insects, mammals and other avian species such as the rare sunbird (Sperata Nectarina Marinduquensis). Birdlife International considered MWS as an Important Bird Area (IBA) and Key Biodiversity Area (KBA). The west block is the Balagbag mountain range that rises up to 801 MASL and the east block is Central Marinduque range with the highest elevation of 845 MASL. These areas are excellent mountaineering and trekking sites. Each block has a viewing deck located strategically in one of its ridges. A DENR Protected Areas Office, Visitors Center and Function Hall is available for guests who wants to stay overnight either by tents or lodging rooms. There are many available routes that can be offered by the MAWISEGA (Marinduque Wildlife Eco-Guides Association) as the community-based rural tourism people’s organization. All areas are accessible through interior barangay roads that go inside the timberlands.