It is but another display of deep religiosity aside from Marinduque's more popular Moriones tradition.
The island comes to life during Lent as more than 50,000 local and foreign tourists come down to witness the parade of the Morions. Penitents wear costumes depicting the Roman soldiers to reenact Christ's passion and death.
In April, the Marinduque airport reopened in time for the Moriones.
As Kristo, Layag has to carry a heavy wooden cross around town and endure the scourging from the Morion during 'Via Crucis' (The Way of the Cross).
People playing Morion generally have the same petitions 'for good health, for our families and for the forgiveness of our sins,' said Mark Montevirgen, 43, a penitent for 16 years.
Montalban owns about 10 Morion masks, which he lends to other Kapatiran members who could not afford their own.
'We're even more excited about [Holy Week and] playing Morion than Christmas,' Montemayor said.
He first wore a Morion costume and joined the tradition when he was 9 years old.
The Moriones event has become a tradition in Mogpog and the towns of Boac and Gasan, which are converted into stages for retelling the story of Longinus.
Moriones culminates in the beheading of Longinus on Easter Sunday.
Residents dress up as a Morion for this celebration as a gesture of thanksgiving for answered prayers or for overcoming crises in life, such as sickness or accidents in the family, or as a panata (vow) to atone for sins.
Maralit said the first reenactment involved a person imitating a Roman soldier wearing a centurion helmet, called morion. The headgear later evolved to include a mask depicting the faces of Roman soldiers.