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CUTUD LENTEN RITES
A re-enactment Christs's passion and death is done every year during the lenten season at Cutud, San Pedro, San Fernando, Pampanga. The re-enactment is complete with the passion play and culminates with the actual nailing of at least three flagellants on wooden crosses a top a makeshift calvary.
A moro-moro feature of the Santacruzan that occurs at certain places. During the procession, the Goydo, said to be non-christian knight errand, confronts St, Helen and her handmaiden and tries to stop her search for the cross. After armed skirmies between the two groups and a series of drmatic dialogues in vernacular jousts, the Goydo and his men are converted into Christian faith.
APUNG IRU FLUVIAL FESTIVAL
Celebrated every June 27-29 of every year, the feast of St. Peter and Paul is observed with a fluvial parade with gaily decorated motorboats and colorful bancas roving up and down the Pampanga River. The 3-day celebration honoring Apung Iru starts on June 27 and culminates on June 29 when the image is brought back to its shrine at Capalanagan.
PAMPANGA DAY ( December 11)
The people of the entire Pampanga province celebrate its foundation day with various programs and festivities such as cultural shows, trade exhibits and other socio-economic projects.
GIANT LANTERN FESTIVAL
Days before Christmas, giant lanterns made of colored crepe and japanese paper with frames of intricate tinwires skeletons containing electrical mechanism and a thousand bulbs, highlight the San Fernando Giant Lantern Festival. The lanterns dance, blink and brilliantly twinkle in kaleidoscopic pattern in cadence with the band music.
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Department of Tourism, Philippines
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tour with just your kids or with a few other families in your neighborhood. You may be
surprised by what companies and organizations will provide free tours of their facilities.
The fire hall is always intriguing to young children. If you call your local fire hall and
speak with the fire chief he will be happy to arrange a time for you to stop in with your
children. They will show the kids around, let them see inside the fire engine and if there is time the children can see a fireman in all of his gear. Not only is this fun, it is a safety
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