If you're an adventure-seeker, a trip to the town of Mogpog is just right for you. The frequent and most popular go-to places are Balanacan Cove, Bintakay and Tarug Caves. Balanacan Cove's long history started during the Spanish Colonial Period where it served as the venue to construct and repair materials of the Spanish navy. Today, it serves as an entertainment area for people who like to snorkel, scuba dive and have a picnic. Bintakay Cave is located in the oldest limestone formation of Marinduque that was used as the battle site during the Spanish-Filipino War. Now, visitors may enter the cave and see the wide chamber, tight passages, presence of insect bats and beautiful stalactites and stalagmites. Tarug is the smaller cave where rock climbing and rappelling may be done.
Heart of the Philippines
Despite being one of the smallest towns in Marinduque, Mogpog is one of the most visited places in the province. This is because it is where the famous Station Balanacan is or the Geodetic Center of the Philippines. Here is where you'll see Luzon Datum of 1911 which is a rock marker established by the US Coast and Geodetic Survey, that serves as the central reference point for all maps and surveys done in the country. This location also gives a panoramic view of Tayabas Bay, Mompong Pass and Tablas Strait. Locals recommend visiting the place for a good sunset view.
Kangga Festival is one of the highlights in Mogpog which is usually held during the month of May. Kangga is the bamboo sled used by farmers when harvesting and is usually carried by carabaos. The festival starts with a mass to give thanks to the patron saint, San Isidro Labrador, followed by blessing of farmer's tools to ensure good harvest in the next season. Owners will be caring these blessed items and will be paraded around town.