Following the enormous success of our 2017 Cutud Lenten Rites Tour, YPT are returning to The Philippines, bigger, better, and altogether a lot weirder with our “Extreme Philippines Tour”.
Tour starts in Manila before we head off to San Fernando on Easter Friday to watch people literally nail themselves to crosses, before a wild night out and bar crawl in city of sin Angeles. Following this we take things a little more cultural with a trip to summer capital Baguio, and the hanging coffins of Sagada. We then take things a bit more YPT with a trip to the home of Ferdinand and Emelda Marcos, Batac, before a night partying YPT style with a beach BBQ.
We finish the trip back in Manila with a controversial day betting on cock fighting before a last night blowout of top clubs and midget boxing This is without doubt one of our most exciting tours of the year.
We are currently working on an extension to this tour, and as always will be offering discounts to returning pioneers and groups.
Guests arrive at their own leisure and check into the Swagman Hotel in the Ermita part of Metro Manila (optional airport pickup)
At 6pm the group gather to take the short walk to the “Hobbit House”, one of two bars in The Philippines to be serviced by midgets for dinner and drinks
Overnight in Swagman Hotel
Friday March 30th
At 5am we join our private air-conditioned vehicle for the rest of our journey, a 2-hour drive to the San Fernando Area of Pampanga, stopping for breakfast on the way.
On arrival we head straight out for the Cutud Lenten Rites festival, one of the biggest and most spectacular festivals in the Philippines. The action starts with a live action “show”, where Jesus is captured and taken to the crucifixion site. This goes on until around 3pm, with us arranging press passes so that our group can capture prime photos
Following the end of proceedings we head to Angeles City to check into the Wild Orchid Hotel, one of the most deluxe hotels in the city boasting the biggest swimming pool amongst other luxuries.
Angeles City as a former US military base is equally infamous as a city of sin, and famous as the culinary capital of the country, so we head out for dinner, followed by the legendary Angeles Walking Street Bar Crawl
Overnight at Wild Orchid
Saturday March 31st
After the early start of the previous day we take this morning a bit more leisurely enjoying breakfast by the pool before setting of on the next part of the adventure
We now set off for the two-three hour drive to Baguio, known as the summer capital of the Philippines due to its much cooler climate (you may even need a jacket at night), on the way we stop for a Filipino style lunch.
We drop our bags at the hotel and head for a walking city tour dropping for some liquid refreshments before we start to get weird
The Philippines is not only famous for its religious devotees, but also how very superstitious they are, so we go local by heading out on a genuine ghost hunting tour.
In case we fail at finding ghosts, we head out for dinner and the famous Philippines spirit of Tanduay rum coupled with bad videoke
Overnight in Baguio
Sunday April 1st
We get up early for the 5-6 hour drive to Sagada, one of the most famous places in The Philippines stopping on the way for scenic photos
Lunch stop on the way to Sagada
On arrival we check into our rural hotel for a brief freshen up before heading to the next part of our trip
After being met by our local guide we head out for a day of hiking around this historic city, with the main focus being on witnessing and picturing the Hanging Coffins, which are unique to this part of the Philippines, with our local guide giving a full explanation, and answering any questions we might have.
We head back to our guesthouse for dinner, drinks and a relaxed night surrounded by mountain scenery.
Monday April 2nd
We take breakfast or a lie in at the guesthouse before heading off for the next part of our trip the 3-4 hour drive to Batac, the self-styled home of Great Leaders, stopping at various scenic spots along the way
We drop off for a local lunch
We now do a city tour of Batac. Batac is one of the those weird cities that as the birthplace of a dictator still hold him in very high regard, hence the “home of great leaders”. We visit the frankly crazy Marcos Museum about Ferdinand and Emelda, as well as checking out a few other choice places such as the Marcos University, and Malacanang of the North, the former home of the Marcos family. Unfortunately his embalmed body is no longer here, but it is fascinating none the less.
In the early evening we take the 30-minute drive to the beach town of Currimao where our beach huts await us.
We spend the evening drinking rum, having a beach BBQ and generally kicking back
Overnight in Currimao
Tuesday April 3rd
We take the morning to relax in our beach surroundings with many optional activities available for extra charge
We now embark on the mammoth part of the journey, the 7-hour drive to Manila with YPT providing a lunch stop, and various rest, toilet, drink and photo opportunities along the way.
On arrival in Manila we check back into the Swagman Hotel in Ermita. In the evening we offer either relaxation at the hotel, or an optional walking city tour including Rizal Park, the US embassy and the waterfront, with dinner and drinks
Wednesday April 4th
We take breakfast in the hotel before taking the last day of our adventure very seriously by going cock fighting
Cock fighting might be controversial, and without doubt a bit cruel, but in the Philippines it is a not only a huge event and culturally significant, but huge business. We get a VIP pass for one of the main arenas in Manila and spend the day (including lunch) betting and hopefully winning on the roosters of our choice.
We end our last night with a bang by heading to the infamous Burgas Street for a pub crawl that culminates in Midget Boxing and Wrestling, a perfect end to one of our most extreme and surreal tours of the Philippines, after this we offer either transport back to the hotel, or for the hardcore VIP entry into Valkrie Nightclub (minimum consumption required).
Overnight at Swagman Hotel
Thursday April 5th
End of tour with YPT able to offer further transport services, or for those heading onto the next part of the trip transfer to the airport.