Luzon Datum is a geodetic reference center located in Mogpog in Marinduque Province. During the American occupation, the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey (USCGS) use the Luzon Datum of 1911 to get information for topographic, geodetic and hydrographic surveys. This important geodetic point marker is used as point number one for all map makers of the country. Luzon Datum was established with triangulation station Balanacan as its datum origin and now the primary geodetic reference center of all surveys in the Philippines. Luzon Datum marker is found atop of the highest hill in the province, and is at the bounderies of Brgy. Argao, Hinanggayon and Silangan, Mogpog. Continue reading
The agricultural town of Mogpog in the northeastern portion of the island is indebted to their patron saint San Isidro Labrador for their annual harvests. To pay tribute to the saint and to the farmers whose tools labored the land for many months, the local government adopted the Kangga Festival which is celebrated annually to coincide with San Isidro Labrador’s feast day of May 13. “Kangga” in Marinduquenian Tagalog is a sled made of bamboo usually drawn by carabao and is used by farmers to transport tools or harvests from their homes to the fields or to the market. On the day of the festival, holy mass is celebrated in the local church in thanksgiving to San Isidro Labrador.
The province of Marinduque extends about 137 nautical miles from Manila between Bondoc Peninsula at the eastern portion of Luzon and Oriental Mindoro. It is bounded on the north by Tayabas Bay, northeast by Mongpong Pass, southeast by Tayabas Strait and Sibuyan at the south, and about 29 nautical miles from Balanacan Port to Lucena City and 30 nautical miles from Gasan Port to Pinamalayan, Oriental Mindoro. Continue reading