Cutud is very famous during Holy Week, not just in the Philippines but all over the world as it is the place where penitents reenacts the Passion of Christ every good Friday which culminates in the actual nailing on the cross. I was in Cutud last year and I witnessed these Lenten Rites myself......
The whole thing was not planned. I recall just visiting our friend, Ariel, who lives in Mabalacat Pampanga. My resolve to go here was not that strong, after all, I am one who has low tolerance to pain. The mere sight of suffering even in television makes me very uncomfortable. But since Ariel is the type who would easily grant your request and he said yes at my first mention of it, there, no turning back.
Using his families car, we drove to CUTUD, just a few kilometers from San Fernando Pampanga and there, experience my first Holy Week, hard core style!!!
You have to sweat it out in short. But that's nothing compared to the sight you see along the way, from time to time, you would see topless men flagellate themselves using bamboo sticks tied to a rope. This alone already made me uneasy.
But that's not all. The culmination of the rites would be the actual nailing on the cross of some penitents which is a reenactment of the Passion and Death of Christ on the cross.
yes, for real, they use inches nails!!! One can actually go close to the penitents and see it yourself. Teresa and Ariel saw it all while I was on the sides busy ridding myself of the dust caused by the crowd coming in and out of the site. I was a few meters away blending in the crowd. Shame, I didn't have enough courage to even look for a few seconds.
crucifixion reenactments in Cutud Pampanga