Thursday, May 24, 2007

WELCOME TO PAETE!



Welcome to Paete! To say that it is the Woodcarving Capital of the Philippines (I hear dissent from the wood artists of Betis, Pampanga, he he!) would remove the focus on Paete's many other gifts. After all, woodcarving, even if it the town's main industry, isn't the only one that gives honor to its residents. Anyway, that title was given this town by a declaration of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on March 15, 2005.

The best times to visit Paete would be in January, July, April and October. The Salibanda on the last week of January, the Town Fiesta on the 25th of July, the Cenakulo on Holy Week (I was told they do this every day of the Week!), and the Lanzones Festival in October are enough to satiate your festival fixations. (As an aside, Camiguin Island in Northern Mindanao also has a similar lanzones festival on the same month.) Also, do not miss the two versions of Salubong done by the Catholic Church and the Aglipayans. This will be on Easter Sunday, of course.

Ice carving is said to be held a day before the town fiesta. In fact, a lot of carvers who've run out of wood (as I said in a post below, there's an ongoing log ban) have worked on luxury ships as ice carvers. There are actually a lot more mini-festivals featuring Filipino martial arts (using 'arnis') and even a santol fest in August. Well, well, well! Looks like living in Paete is never a bore!!!


Baskets of paper mache lanzones line the main streets of Paete - a tribute to the town's many products - from wood to paper to lanzones!

Paete exists peacefully under the shadows of the Sierra Madre.


Note: Thanks, Tutubi, for the correction. I already wrote Sierra Madre when I posted this, but a local said last Sunday that it was Makiling. Haaay...

6 comments:

Ferdz said...

You know what? I like this town as you have depicted on your pictures. I like those lanzones decor as well. I should visit this town one of these days.

tutubi said...

honestly, i don't like the first picture...not that it's ugly but...

oh well...you know :)

the hill overlooking paete is called humarap...the 3 crosses on top can be reached via 45 minutes trek (or more of course). the waterfalls can be found along the way

the main street is called Kalye Quesada

the church was renovated (not restored) in the mid-90s. I saw how the original was replaced by the ugly looking parts you saw disregarding the original. It should have been restored, not renovated. people there just don't know how to honor the original builder's work losing its authenticity

I'm thinking of posting something about paete again in my blog one of these days

tutubi said...

honestly, i don't like the first picture...not that it's ugly but...

oh well...you know :)

the hill overlooking paete is called humarap...the 3 crosses on top can be reached via 45 minutes trek (or more of course). the waterfalls can be found along the way

the main street is called Kalye Quesada

the church was renovated (not restored) in the mid-90s. I saw how the original was replaced by the ugly looking parts you saw disregarding the original. It should have been restored, not renovated. people there just don't know how to honor the original builder's work losing its authenticity

I'm thinking of posting something about paete again in my blog one of these days

Citizen of the World said...

Ferdz, nasa abroad ka yata madalas! Pasama ka kay Tutubi! Taga Paete siya, eh.

Tutubi, pasensya sa 1st photo. Magaling sa pag-market ng sarili niya ang Mayor nyo, eh. :-)

I am really saddened sa work na ginawa sa church. Somehow the parish priest has to be blamed for this too. May guidelines na ang CBCP pagdating sa "renovations", eh.

dodongflores said...

Hi Citizen of the World,
I like how put into much detail your travel adventures. I read a lot of it and made me stay in your site for quite a time. Your photos are quite good as well...
Please keep on blogging...

Citizen of the World said...

Dodong Flores, maraming salamat po! Nakakataba ng puso.

You're lucky to be able to travel too and take photos!