Pahiyas & Mayohan Festival 2014! Book NOW!

May 15 is fast approaching! It’s time to celebrate one of the biggest and most colorful festivals of the Philippines, the Pahiyas Festival!

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The SAN ISIDRO PAHIYAS FESTIVAL draws its name from the word “payas”, which refers to this painstaking effort of decorating the houses with the family’s bounty.  Every 15th of May, the people of Lucban, Quezon embezzle their houses with fruits, vegetables, grains and kiping – vibrant leaf-shaped rice wafers – in gratitude for a bountiful harvest. This celebration is the community’s way of thanksgiving for bountiful harvest in honor of the patron saint of farmers, San Isidro de Labrador.

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In another part of Quezon province lies a city not quite as flamboyant as the home of Pahiyas. This serene sister, Tayabas, honors the Patron Saint of Laborers in a less-frill-more-action way. The MAYOHAN FESTIVAL is famous for its Hagisan ng Suman (Throwing of Suman) which is a town sacrificial devotion that allows the community to share its prosperity. Spectators watching from balconies and bleachers throw from their lofts coins and suman especially made for the occasion. As they pass, this army of men fight to get as much suman as they can, jumping, nudging, but never brawling amongst each other. It is believed that those with numerous bundles of suman will have a prosperous year.

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Join Culture Shock PH this May 15 and witness this summer finale of fiestas! Book your trip NOW at http://is.gd/erHh4G! =)

May 15 - Pahiyas

>>> Pahiyas & Mayohan Festival Tour

DATE: May 15

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
- Pahiyas Festival
- Mayohan Festival
- Basilica of Tayabas
- Sampling of Lambanog

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS:
- Round trip transportation via chartered van
- Lambanog sampling
- Donation fees
- Personalized ID
- Culture Shock PH guide.

RATE: Php1,300/head

Book your trip NOW at http://is.gd/erHh4G! =)

*Photos courtesy of Rael Villanueva and Tere Seballos

LAST DAY for CUTUD LENTEN RITES TOUR Booking! BOOK NOW!

Lent Pampanga Cutud Good Friday

Photo taken from travel.cnn.com

In Cutud, San Fernando, Pampanga, Good Friday is celebrated with crucifixion and flagellation of penitents. This practice has been ongoing for decades already with the first crucifixion dating back to 1962. Most men who undergo this tradition use it as a way to ask for forgiveness for their sins, while others recognize it as a means of thanksgiving.

Cutud Pampanga Lent Crucifixion

Photo taken from travel.cnn.com

The photo above shows Ruben Enage, a sign maker and carpenter, who has been crucified for more than 24 times already. This is personal sacrifice for thanksgiving after a near-fatal fall from a three-story advertising billboard in 1986.

Every year, dozens of men and even some women participate in this event. According to them, this practice strengthens their personal faith and also bonds them as a community.

Tourists from all over the world flock to this small district in the province of Pampanga to witness this spectacular devotion of faith. Join us on April 18, 2014 (Good Friday) and see this unique tradition for yourself!

 

>>> CUTUD LENTEN RITES TOUR

DATE: April 18, 2014 (Good Friday)

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
- Cutud Lenten Rites
- Half Buried Church in Lahar from Mt. Pinatubo Eruption
- Church fondly known at the “Sistine Chapel of the Philippines”

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS:
- Round trip transportation via chartered van
- Merienda
- Donation fees
- Personalized ID

RATE: Php1,600.00/head
DURATION: 6-8 hours
ASSEMBLY TIME: 9:30 AM in Ortigas

Book your trip NOW at http://is.gd/erHh4G! =)

ONLY 5 SLOTS LEFT for our Cutud Lenten Rites Tour! Book NOW!

Cutud Lenten Rites Holy Week Philippines

In many areas in the Philippines, re-enactments of the Passion of Christ in the form of senakulo are popular. In the barangay of San Pedro Cutud, however, passion plays are taken to the next level.

Every Good Friday noon, penitents take to the streets and flagellate themselves. Under the scorching sun they imitate the steps of the Lord, as onlookers avidly snap photos. The culmination of this bloody procession – perhaps no longer surprising – is an actual crucifixion!

According to the locals, the first crucifixion was witnessed in 1962. The first to be crucified was Artemio Anoza, who was known at that time as a “quack doctor” from Apalit, Pampanga. His aspirations to become a full fledged faith healer and religious leader motivated him to volunteer for the crucifixion. 

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Since then, more and more locals have joined in to flagellate and crucify themselves as a form of “panata” or vow of sacrifice. Many of them believe that by actually experiencing what Jesus went through, they would receive forgiveness for their sins.

Tourists from all over the world flock to this small district in the province of Pampanga to witness this spectacular devotion of faith. Join us on April 18, 2014 (Good Friday) and see this unique tradition for yourself!

Holy Week Philippine Cutud Lenten Rites Flagellation

>>> CUTUD LENTEN RITES TOUR

DATE: April 18, 2014 (Good Friday)

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
- Cutud Lenten Rites
- Half Buried Church in Lahar from Mt. Pinatubo Eruption
- Church fondly known at the “Sistine Chapel of the Philippines”

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS:
- Round trip transportation via chartered van
- Merienda
- Donation fees
- Personalized ID

RATE: Php1,600.00/head
DURATION: 6-8 hours
ASSEMBLY TIME: 9:30 AM in Ortigas

Book your trip NOW at http://is.gd/erHh4G! =)

 

*Photos courtesy of Rael Villanueva

ONLY 7 SLOTS LEFT for our Talaandig Cultural Immersion Tour (May 1-3)!

Have a one-of-a-kind holiday with Culture Shock PH!

Learn how to paint with soil and make your own indigenous bamboo flute. Fall in love with the artistic TALAANDIG community nestled along the slopes of Mt. Kitanglad in our first ever CULTURAL IMMERSION TOUR! 

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Talaandig Cultural Immersion Tour


>>> Talaandig Cultural Immersion Tour (Bukidnon)

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
- Welcome Ritual & Talk with the Taalandig Tribe’s Elders
- Soil Painting or Instrument Making Workshop
- Native Dance Workshop
- Boodle Fight Snack
- Cultural Night and Presentations
- Homestay with Talaandig Tribe
- Nature Trekking

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS:
- Roundtrip transportation from CDO to Bukidnon via chartered van
- 3D/2N Meals and Accommodations
- Art & Dance Workshops
- Talaandig Tribe Talks, Rituals, & Presentations
- Personalized ID
- Culture Shock PH Guide


RATE: Php6800/head
DATE: May 1-3, 2014
ASSEMBLY TIME: 7:30-8AM in CDO on May 1, 2014
ETD: around 3PM in CDO on May 3, 2014

Excited? WE ARE!
What are you waiting for? BOOK NOW athttp://is.gd/erHh4G

Cutud Lenten Rites Tour (April 18, 2014)

Filipinos are one of the most devout Catholics in the world. We keep many rituals and practices in the form of feasts and other liturgical observances. While many of them are festive and colorful, some, like the Cutud Lenten Rites in Pampanga, are on the extreme side.

Tourists from all over the world flock to this small district in the province of Pampanga to witness this type of devotion. Join us on APRIL 18, 2014 and see this tradition for yourself!

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Pampanga Cutud Lenten Rites Tour


>>> CUTUD LENTEN RITES TOUR

DATE: April 18, 2014 (Good Friday)

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
- Cutud Lenten Rites
- Half Buried Church in Lahar from Mt. Pinatubo Eruption
- Church fondly known at the “Sistine Chapel of the Philippines”

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS:
- Round trip transportation via chartered van
- Merienda
- Donation fees
- Personalized ID

RATE: Php1,600.00/head
DURATION: 6-8 hours
ASSEMBLY TIME: 9:30 AM in Ortigas

Book your trip NOW at http://is.gd/erHh4G!

Our May Travel Calendar is Out!

Wondering how to make this a summer to remember? Travel with Culture Shock PH! =)

Philippines Travel Tours Calendar
1. May 1-3 – Talaandig Cultural Immersion Tour
2. May 2-4 – Sagada Coffee & Eco Tour
3. May 15 – Pahiyas & Mayohan Festival Tour
4. May 17 – Pampanga Food & Heritage Tour

Book your trip here: http://is.gd/erHh4G! =)

ONLY 8 SLOTS LEFT for our Angono Art Tour This Saturday

Book your trip now to the Art Capital of the Philippines before it’s too late! =)

Art Capital of the Philippines Angono

Angono prides itself as the Art Capital of the Philippines and rightfully so as it has produced numerous musicians, carvers, and painters, two of which are National Artists.

The art tour showcases museums and studios of individuals and even of entire families using various mediums such as painting, media collages, sculptures, and wood crafts. A walk through their galleries will leave you speechless and inspired.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
- Angono Family Museum
- Angono Artists Museums/Studios
- Angono Restaurant cum Art Gallery
- Home & Studio of National Artist for Visual Arts
- Art Workshop with Angono Local Artist
- Fried Itik Tasting

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PACKAGE INCLUSIONS:
- Lunch
- Roundtrip chartered van
- Culture Shock PH ID
- Entrance fees & Donation fees
- Guide fees
- Art workshop

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Angono Art Tour Philippines

DATE: March 8 , 2014 (Sat)
RATE: Php2000/head
ASSEMBLY TIME: 6:30 AM
ASSEMBLY PLACE: McDonald’s, El Pueblo, Ortigas
DURATION: 8-10 Hours

So allow yourself to get inspired and book your trip now to this : http://is.gd/erHh4G! =)

Walking Tour Alert: San Miguel, Manila (Feb 23)

We’re closing the sign up sheet tomorrow so make sure to sign up for this Sunday’s Walking Tour TODAY!

San Beda Abbey

Benedictine Monastery founded in 1895 by monks in Spain

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
- San Sebastian Church
- San Beda Abbey
- St. Jude’s Church
- San Miguel Pro Cathedral
- Passing by Pre-war Mansions
- Merienda and Tour Around La Cocina de Tita Moning

San Sebastian Church

The only all-steel church in Asia. It is also claimed as the only pre-fabricated steel church in the world.

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS:
- Entrance Fees
- Guide Fees
- Merienda

Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo painting

Can you spot the “La Inocencia” paining by Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo?

DATE: February 23, 2014 (Sunday)
RATE: Php1000/head
ASSEMBLY TIME: 9:00 AM
ASSEMBLY PLACE: Legarda LRT2 Station
DURATION: 3-4 Hours

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Aside from taking beautiful photographs, expect commentaries on Philippine heritage: from culinary traditions, Philippine art styles and the influence of the Catholic Church on our architecture, values, and lifestyles.

So what are you waiting for? BOOK NOW at http://is.gd/erHh4G! =)

Our March & April Travel Calendar is Out!

Too busy to travel this love month?

Don’t worry, we still have a lot of tours in store for you for March and April! Hello summer =)

March April Travel Tour Calendar

1. March 8 – Angono Art Tour
2. March 15- Pampanga Food & Heritage Tour
3. April 5 – Taal Heritage Town Tour
4. April 12-13 – Banaue Cultural Tour
5. April 18 – Cutud Lenten Rites Tour

Make this a summer to remember with Culture Shock PH =)

Book your trip NOW: http://is.gd/erHh4G

5 Slots Left for this Saturday’s Pampanga Food & Heritage Tour

We are closing the registration for this Saturday’s Pampanga Food & Heritage Tour SOON. Only 5 slots left! =) HURRY!

Pampanga Philippines Food Heritage Tour

Fondly referred to as the Culinary Capital of the Philippines, Pampanga is a province immersed in rich flavors both in cuisine and heritage landmarks.

Culture Shock PH’s Pampanga Food & Heritage Tour takes you on a mouthwatering journey of food and faith, reflecting on the everyday life of the Kapampangan of years past, centered in the kitchens and places of worship.

Cooking Baking Demonstration

Hands-on Activity in the Kitchen

Pampanga Food Philippines

Kamaru

Exotic Food in Pampanga: Kamaru

Pampanga Kitchen

One will also visit age-old churches and heritage houses, monuments of Pampanga’s illustrious history. Read more about this tour here: http://bit.ly/1go804y

Church Pinatubo Eruption Pampanga

Half Buried Church in Lahar from Mt. Pinatubo Eruption

Church Pampanga Cultural Treasure

Fondly referred as the “Sistine Chapel of the Philippines”

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:
1. Breakfast Buffet and Cooking Demonstration with local celebrity cook
2. Half-buried Church in Lahar
3. Betis Woodcarving and Furnitures Showroom
4. Church known as the “Sistine Chapel of the Philippines”
5. Everybody’s Cafe’s famous Morcon and exotic cuisine such as betute and kamaru

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS:
1. Roundtrip transportation via chartered van
2. Meals (brunch, merienda, and merienda cena)
3. Entrance and donation fees
4. Personalized ID
5. Culture Shock PH guide

PRICE: Php2400/head
DATE: February 15, 2014 (Saturday)
ASSEMBLY TIME: 9:30AM
ASSEMBLY PLACE: McDonald’s El Pueblo, Ortigas
DURATION: 8-10 hours
What are you waiting for? Book your trip NOW at http://is.gd/erHh4G! :) See you on Saturday!

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