Top Things to do in Paete, Laguna

Paete is a simple town located nearby Pagsanjan and Liliw, Laguna. The ambiance of the place offers you a laid-back feel, back to old Filipino cultural days, and traveling around town is easy. I went to Paete for the second time and bring along my Roadmates with me. The time spent was all worth it, here, take a look at the top things to do when you find yourself in this place of Luzon.

Let’s Go! 

1. Climb to Tatlong Krus Lenten season is getting near. Why not place Paete on top of your itinerary? Offer a sacrifice by marching your way up to Tatlong Krus. Climbing your way is never easy, always check your health condition with a doctor before attempting to climb, going up will take around 500 steps. 

How to get there?

1st Option – From the town of Paete, climb your way up (around 500 steps). There are guided rails along the way, but climbing is never easy since there is no straight walkways up, steps are stairway type so you have to get your knees ready.

2nd Option – If you have your service car, you will have to drive up the mountain (zigzag roads), and drop off where the sign (Tatlong Krus) are. This is the option we chose, and after the Tatlong Krus we walk our way down to our next things to do.

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 2. Refresh at Matabungca Falls – Either you climb up or just jump off at Tatlong Krus, there’s no better way to refresh yourself than to bask in the cold water of Matabungca Falls. There are no private accommodation near the area. However, there is one bathroom provided by the Municipality if you wanted to change clothes, water for rinsing is also directly coming from the falls, and mind you — you can drink it! We tried it, totally refreshing!

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3. Learn Ice Carving – Enjoy art and learn art. On the Carving Capital blog post feature of Paete, I posted mostly of wood carvings and artworks. Now, I also tried ice carving.

Ice Carving Demo Fee: P2,200 – inclusive of 2 ice blocks to be carved, transportation and carver’s talent fee.

I got to enjoy  Ice Carving with the Honorable Mayor of Paete, Mayor Rojilyn “Mutuk” Bagabaldo who is very eager to show tourists how ice carving is being done. He is a very hands-on Leader of this small town, catering to tourist whenever he is available.

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4. Learn Wood Carving – Though I didn’t got to try hands-on wood carving, watching their handicrafts is a real pleasure. Imagine, looking at these canvass, we cannot fathom how they do it on the same exact manner without a duplicating machine just pure hand work, amazing!                                          

      Wood Carving Demo Fee: P400
5. Learn Fruit & Vegetable Carving – The best food carvers came from Paete, you can check it on google and see their amazing works. I didn’t get the chance to watch fruit carving live because it took us some time to freshen up from our climb in Tatlong Krus, maybe next time I can get to see fruit & vegetable carving in person.

Fruit & Vegetable Carving Demo Fee: P1,400

Food-Carving

Photo credits to Pat Mateo.  Check out full article at F&B Report

6. Connect with the Taka Ladies and learn Papier-mache making. – This is my second time to meet the Taka Ladies and introducing these group of ladies to my roadmates was an awesome experience! When you visit Paete, get to meet these ladies, ask their stories and schedule for a demo. 

Papier-mache Demo Fee: P400

7. Complete your Instagrammable home art collections – Bring extra pocket money to buy something for your home. Most of these were made of wood and paper. I hoarded tissue holder boxes in square, round and rectangle shape for our home and as souvenir give-aways. I also bought one for our kitchen. Mommies, daddies, sons and daughters will surely enjoy choosing from these artistic crafts. These are ranging from paper crafts to wooden crafts, which also includes some toys. 

51477522_1470334513097552_7786251047328022528_n8. Recollect at St. James The Apostle Parish Church or simply known as Paete Church – Catholicism is very evident in this town and old traditions are still being practiced liked the sounding of the bell during a funeral parade, which we happened to witness during our tour. You may also visit other big churches near the Municipal Town Area. You may check other information of the Paete Church on this link Paete Church51162310_310250742964211_7337675858250825728_n9. Visit the Organic Farm – One of Mayor Mutuk’s project is converting raw land to Organic Farms. I happened to know that this Project exists from our last DSWD Learning Visit, and Mayor Mutuk himself described how he envisions on expanding the farm. Most of the land in Paete has been barren and needs to be treated to convert into farming. When I get back to Paete, visiting the farm will be on my next list. 

10. Taste their native delicacies – at the corner of a street in Paete, you will find these delicious snacks. 

This is made from coconut milk and casava topped with margarine.These are caramelized camotes, and on the lower right are  “maruya” -fried banana with sugar

11. Kape Kesada Art Gallery – Coffee and art, anyone? Well, this is the perfect spot to relax after you are done with your tour or with your shopping. It is just along the main street leading to the Paete Municipal Hall. Kape Kesada is a coffee shop and an art gallery. Interesting pieces of sculpture and portraits can be found. Too bad they do not allow posting of pictures of the art gallery on social media.12. Give a portion of yourself! Do outreach Program for the Taka Ladies or the people of  Brgy. Papatahan. Our Coop had a paper and clothes donation drive and the appreciation of Paete people is priceless!

There we go with our TOP THINGS TO IN PAETE, LAGUNA. I hope you find the list enjoyable and easy to do. Do share us your stories of your own explorations of this little quiet town. For an easy – breezy trip, don’t forget to book your tour with ROAD RENT A CAR  Transport Service Cooperative. 

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The Carving Capital of the Philippines – Paete, Laguna – A quick view

It was my first time to visit Paete, Laguna through the Ikot sa CALABARZON – DSWD Learning Visit 2018.

The town welcomed us with of course numerous artwork and carvings across the town. I can say – I fell inlove at first sight.

Paete is a 4th class municipality in the province of Laguna. The town, is located at the north-eastern part of Laguna, along the shores of picturesque Laguna de Bay. It was founded in 1580 by Spanish friars Juan de Plasencia and Diego de Oropesa of the Franciscan Order. It is believed that the earliest inhabitants were of Malay lineage, coming all the way from Borneo in their swift and sturdy boats called “Balangay”. Source Wikipedia

Paete got its name from the word “paet” which means chisel. We were welcomed in the Tourism Office of Paete and watched documentaries of the history of Paete Town. As I come to know this small municipality, I came and see first hand the artistry and skills of its residents. Their art ranges from painting, carving, paper mache, wooden sculpture and many more. Though the recent log ban affected their economy, the residents find their way to enter the modern niche of ice and food carving. Those who have names in the field of wood, ice and food sculpture (ex. is the watermelon carving) came from Paete Town.

Let me take you on a visual tour of the town and the artworks that fascinated me.

Entrance marker leading to the town’s City Hall

This is St. James The Apostle Parish Church or simply known as Paete Church. It was first built in 1646. Paete is also a pilgrimage site wherein you can buy various types of religious ‘pu on’ or images of saints.
PAETE CHURCH

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Spotted the biggest image of Mother Mary on display in one of the stores

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The detailed artwork of the town’s welcome arc
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Even the ref magnets were carved
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One of my favorites, wall display which is for sale for P2000

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Refrigerator magnet souvenirs for sale at 3 for P100

We haven’t visited the Tatlong Krus because of the bad weather. Upon learning that the Taka Ladies of Paete accepts donation of used books, magazines, newspaper etc. and the Municipality also accepts donations such as clothes, its a good timing that we in ROADRACTSC is looking for a tie-up organization to donate our collected clothes and books. I am also eager to return and see more of Paete — visit their hidden treasures and promote the place to other “byaheros”. 

Paete will take you back in time, their preserved culture and unique skills will leave one in awe!

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