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#348 HILAGA/Paskuhan Village

Entrance to the Paskuhan Village

Christmas is celebrated year-round in Pampanga, the Central Luzon province known for its lantern-making industry. Pampanga is also the location for HILAGA or Paskuhan Village, a wonderful exhibit of anything and everything about Christmas.

Located in San Fernando, Pampanga, the Paskuhan Village enjoys the distinction of being one of the three Christmas-themed parks in the world and the only one that is located in Asia. The major display that can be found in the park, which first opened in 1990, are the colorful lanterns of Pampanga.

Paskuhan Village was all about Christmas until 2003 when then Philippine Tourism Secretary, Richard Gordon, decided to convert it into HILAGA Philippines. Since then, Paskuhan Village became a premium site for regional displays of northern and central Luzon. Each hall in Paskuhan Village showcases the best of the region it represents. There is a very wide display of local crafts from small trinkets to huge, elaborate items.

Aside from the displays on the exhibit halls, there is also a bird park and botanical garden right inside the village. The Natures Sanctuary is a place where visitors can commune with nature. Paskuhan Village or HILAGA is also equipped with facilities for swimming, rock climbing, dining, and shopping. The park is very visible upon exiting the North Luzon Expressway, and is situated near two shopping malls (Source: Philippine Tourism websites)

Mabuhay ang Paskuhan Village!

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#315 Cutud Lenten Rites

Every year on Good Friday or the Friday before Easter a dozen or so penitents – mostly men but with the occasional woman – are taken to a rice field in the barrio of San Pedro Cutud, (3km from San Fernando City in Pampanga province) and nailed to a cross using two-inch (5 cm) stainless steel nails that have been soaked in alcohol to disinfect them.

The penitents are taken down when they feel cleansed of their sin.  Other penitents flagellate themselves using bamboo sticks tied to a rope. The event has attracted both the penitent and the curious to the town of Cutud, making this event a heady mix of religion, a feast and a hyper media event.

Long live Philippine fiesta traditions!

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