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Santa Cruz


Sta. Cruz is a first class municipality in the province of Marinduque, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it had a population of 55,673 people. Sta. Cruz is politically subdivided into 55 barangays.
Sta. Cruz Municipal Town Hall


Maniwaya Island

This is how Boracay was 20 years ago.
Once you go to Maniwaya, you will keep coming back.
Maniwaya is an island off Sta Cruz town in Marinduque. Maniwaya is developing as a resort destination. There is Palo Maria, a mom & pop operation, with a few bedrooms to rent. There are 2 resorts that are “tourist” class. On my last trip I saw a jet ski. A town mayor is building an 8-room low-rise hotel on a beach front. A top Marinduque politician has built the foundation for what looks like another resort.

Palad Sandbar

What an amazing place.
Palad Sand Bar is a few kilometers off Maniwaya Island. A sand bar at the north eastern part of Maniwaya Island that appears only during low tide. It has semi-fine white sand surrounded with clear, shallow waters ideal for swimming.

Holy Cross Parish

Holy Cross Parish, Sta. Cruz, Marinduque | Photo by Seller Nolos
One of the oldest church in the province, located in the town proper of Sta. Cruz


  • Sikatuna Resort Hotel
    Address: Brgy. Tawiran, Sta. Cruz
    Contact No.: +63928.416.3605 | +63918.683.5400
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    Amenities: 13 Air conditioned rooms, function hall, swimming pool
  • Dewey Hotel and Restaurant
    Address: Zamora St. Brgy. Maharlika, Sta. Cruz
    Contact No.: +63919.642.6550
    Amenities: 7 AC rooms, 4 fan rooms, function hall, swimming pool
  • Oromismo 88
    Address: Gomez St. Brgy Maharlika, Sta. Cruz
    Contact No.: +042.321.1283
    9 AC rooms with TV
  • Red’s Hotel
    Address: Brgy. Pag-asa, Sta. Cruz
    Contact No.: +63939.171.4361
    Amenities: 9 AC rooms and function hall

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