The Passion of the Christ and its re-enactments are one of the most well-known phenomena of the Philippines, but the Cutud Lenten Rites Festival takes things to a whole new level. The penitents involved in the Rites not only flagellate themselves, but the Rites culminate with their being literally nailed to crosses. This is the most sought-after and popular Easter event in the Philippines!
Our day starts bright and early at 5:30am, where we meet at the Garden Lotus Hotel for the drive to San Pedro, Pampanga. On arrival we’ll arrange your VIP passes (or media passes for accredited press/bloggers). We then spend the day soaking up the atmosphere and taking photos of the flagellants before the main event: people nailing themselves to crosses.
Those of you on the day trip will then be transported back to Manila; for the overnight bunch, get ready for a wild night on the town in the party capital of Angeles City!
Only YPT is able to arrange the VIP/Media passes for this exclusive event, both of which are in extremely short supply. Note that they cannot be arranged on the day!
Friday 15th April – Angeles – Good Friday! Morning
At 5.30 am 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.
Our AC bus will be well positioned for a cool place to grab water and a picnic lunch!
Following the end of proceedings, we head to Angeles City to check into the Scorebirds Hotel, one of the most deluxe hotels in the city boasting the biggest swimming pool – amongst other luxuries.
Angeles City is a former US military base but is equally infamous as a city of sin and the culinary capital of the country; we head out for dinner, followed by the legendary Angeles Walking Street Bar Crawl
Overnight at Scorebirds.
Saturday 16th April – Baguio Morning
Breakfast in the hotel before arranging ongoing transportation for those departing.
– Air-conditioned bus
– Breakfast and picnic lunch
– Cutud travel and photography permit
– Local government permissions
– 4 star accommodation in Angeles City
– Transport for those returning back to Manila following the festival
– All guides and entrances