Sunday, December 17, 2017

The Sights of Paete, Laguna (Part 1)

Paete is a fourth class municipality in the province of Laguna, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 25,096 people. The town was founded  in 1580 by Spanish friars Juan de Plasencia and Diego de Oropesa of the Franciscan Order.

The name of Paete is derived from the Tagalog word paet, which means chisel. The proper pronunciation of the town's name is believed to be "Pa-e-te", but the natives call it Pī-té, long i, short guttural ê, sound at the end. The town's residents use the first mentioned pronunciation rather than the second only when conversing with non-residents. The town was referred to as "Piety" by the American Maryknoll Missioners when they came to the town in the late 1950s.

Woodcarving is the main industry in Paete, Laguna. Skilled craftsmen and artisans have practiced woodcarving in Paete since the Spanish times, so that their products have primarily religious themes.

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