Philippines has been very blessed for their artistic way of celebrating their festivals. Festivities of places would last for more than a month with colorful materials used for their month-long celebration. These festivals are done in honor of celebrating their patron saints. This goes to show the strong influence of Christianism and Spanish Catholism in the country. Through the devotees of the patrons, places would not be as joyfoul as it is if it is not because of their devotions. Some of the known festivals in the Philippines are Sinulog Festival in Cebu, Masskara Festival in Bacolod, Panagbenga Festival in Baguio and Moriones Festival in Marinduque.
The “Moriones” are men and women in costumes and masks replicating the garb of biblical Roman soldiers as interpreted by local folks. The Moriones or Moryonan tradition has inspired the creation of other festivals in the Philippines where cultural practices or folk history is turned into street festivals.
It is a colorful festival celebrated on the island of Marinduque in the Philippines. The participants use morion masks to depict the Roman soldiers and Syrian mercenaries within the story of the Passion of the Christ.
The mask was named after the 16th and 17th century Morion helmet while Patrick added some inspiration from the mythological bird, SARIMANOK to make the ensemble more dramatic.
Karen’s national costume is inspired from the MORIONES FESTIVAL which is annually held on Holy Week in the islands of Marinduque. The National Costumes was designed and made by the designer known for his craftmanship in making remarkable National Costumes, Mr. Patrick Isorena.
Below are the photos of her National Costume for the 47th Miss Intercontinental that is currently held in the country.