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Holy Week Crucifixions in Pampanga, Philippines

Catholics around the Philippines re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ during Holy Week, but San Fernando, Pampanga takes it to extreme. Good Friday in Santa Lucia and San Pedro Cutud draws thousands of people every year mainly for one reason: men and women are nailed to the cross for real.

Crucifixion Site Santa Lucia Pampanga
Santa Lucia Crucifixion Site, San Fernando Pampanga

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Cebu Philippines: Magellan’s Cross, Fort San Pedro, and Mactan Shrine

Cebu has amazing tourist spots, but for beginners, the basics would be Magellan’s Cross, Basilica del Santo Nino, Fort San Pedro, and Mactan Shrine.

My friends and I went to all those places after a three-day convention, which limited us within the confines of SM Cebu.

First stop was Magellan’s Cross, where we got to see the mighty cross that made Roman Catholics out of almost all Filipinos. The cross can be found within a small chapel.


Up the ceiling were paintings depicting the story of this cross. Some believe that the cross was not the original cross brought by the renowned Portuguese explorer, and that the real one was either hidden somewhere else or had already been destroyed. Nevertheless, we took pictures for souvenir.

Magellan's Cross, Cebu, Philippines

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Mount Pulag Challenge

Here’s a scary video. A mountain trekker takes us through a narrow trail on a steep slope of Mount Pulag, the second-highest mountain in the Philippines. If you’re the type that’s always raring for adventure, this should be up your alley.

Video courtesy of wilsuan

Basic information: At an elevation of 2,922 m (9,587 ft), Mount Pulag is the highest peak in Luzon and second-highest in the Philippines, next to Mount Apo at 2,954 m (9,692 ft).