San Pedro Cutud is a barangay in City of San Fernando, Pampanga province in the Philippines, approximately 70 kilometers north of Manila. It is known for annual re-enactments of the crucifixion of Jesus. During Holy Week each year, thousands of penitents arrive in the area to watch and take part in a pageant commemorating the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus, including the Good Friday flagellation and crucifixion rituals. A small number of participants choose to have their hands and feet temporarily nailed to makeshift crosses as a sign of faith and repentance; some undergo the ritual yearly.
The illegal trolley ride along Sta. Mesa to Pandacan Manila’s railway is dangerous. But it has an irresistible draw amid hard times: It’s cheap and doesn’t use oil. For years, dozens of desperate men in Manila’s working-class district of Pandacan have used a 2-mile stretch of state-owned rail that cuts through the congested community to […]Read more