THE CHURCH OF PAETE
1 The Church of Paete-was completed in the year 1717 through the effort of Fr. Francisco dela Fuente.
- The National Altar or Pambansang Dambana – presidential proclamation #260 by the then President Ferdinand E. Marcos in the year 1974, because of the unique and beautiful design and structure.
- The beautiful brick façade carved in baroque romanesque designs.
- The powerful tower where 5 bells are hanging wherein the most major weighs one (1) ton and when it rings, the sound reaches a radius of 5 kilometers.
- The cross shaped floor tiles surrounded by high and thick brick walls.
- The 5 symmetrical altar “retablos”.
- The church “simboryo” surrounded by carved ballastre where lights and winds pass by.
THE CHURCH MOST VALUABLE POSSESIONS
- The majestic 5 altars retablos adorned with fine and beautiful carvings.
- The four unique murals
- The heaven and the purgatory (last judgement or Jucio Final) 1720
- The mural of the sacraments and hell.
- The two murals of St. Christopher.
- Oriental style painted on the wall.
- Western style painted at the wood frame created by Jose Laureano Dans
- The tabernacle and the chandelier wrapped in thin silver plate with beautiful designs.
- The two pairs of “insensaryo” and “seriales”.
- The rotary of the bell.
THE TOURIST DESTINATIONS
- TATLONG KRUS or site of the Three Crosses – 3 based on the 3 crosses at the Mt. Calvary.
- instead of sacrifices, became annual fiesta of the farmers during the month of May.
- serves as guide for fishermen so as not to go astray and easily came home.
2. MATABUNGCA FALLS – one of the legendary sites of the town. Can easily be seen on the hill just below the tatlong Krus.
3. WAWA PARK — where motor boats are stationed ready to transport tourist for joyful ride at the Laguna
1882 – Mariano C. Madrillan won in the sculpture competition in the International Exposition of His Amsterdam for His Mater Dolorosa. Awarded a diploma and gold medal by King Alfonso XII of Spain.
March 15, 2005- by virtue of the Presidential Proclamation #809 by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo became the “Carving Capital of The Phillippines”.