San Fernando Crucifixion Ceremony

The industrial town of San Fernando – not to be confused with San Fernando (La Union), northwest of Baguio – is the capital of Pampanga Province.

About the only reason people come here is to see devout Christians taking part in a crucifixion ceremony every Easter. At noon on Good Friday, in barangay San Pedro Cutud, masochistic volunteer devotees are nailed to wooden crosses and whipped till they bleed.

Victory Liner has buses to San Fernando from its Cubao terminal in Manila (P105, one hour, every 30 minutes). Be aware that buses from Manila to points further north take the NLEX; take a bus heading to Olongapo via San Fernando.