Being an ols soul (as confirmed by Cousin's friend), I love everything that is beaming with history & culture. That's why, I am very much fond of our old church and everything in it.
The new parish mortuary is something new in town. It is newly renovated but has maintained it's vintage character.
The house is believed to be as old as the church. And just like the church, it survived several renovations. The house is made of adobe, hence the term - Bahay na Bato (house made of stone).
My cousins tell me that we can have a tour inside the house for free and the caretakers are very accommodating. I have to check it out for myself though.
During childhood, urban legend has it that this house is flocked with spirits and ghosts, because it's often abandoned. But now, the owner have seen to it's restoration and added to this small town's treasures, bless him.
The church is more than 400 years old. Built in 1572 under the supervision of franciscan priests. The first church was built made of bamboo and cogon. Numerous renovations was made in the past four decades. Antique saint statues are some of the church's treasures. The church serves as the town peoples sanctuary during World War II. The church remain dear to devoted Catholics in this town which is about 70% of its population.
The restaurant is situated on top of the mountain ranges overlooking Laguna bay. Everything you see is green which makes the place very refreshing.
Favorite Dish: Here are some of their specialties: Bicol express, native tinolang manok cooked with coconut meat, bulalo and sinigang na hipon.
Food here is guaranteed fresh since the location is in the province. Very provincial setting. Perfect for long serious conversations.
Service is a little slow, though. Because they cook/prepare it once you order the food.
Insects are a main problem because the restaurant is built atop the lake.
Favorite Dish: Inihaw (grilled) platter
The shop is owned by my cousin and offers a wide variety of woodworks made rom Paete. Laguna. Proudly Philippine-made.
What to buy: wind chimes
wooden calendars (the ones you can re-arrange the dates according to month)
decorative wall hangs
wood baskets painted with flowers
What to pay: wind chimes - 50 Pesos (small), 150 Pesos (big)
wooden calendars - 700 Pesos
decorative wall hangs - 100 to 250 Pesos
wood baskets painted with flowers - 120 Pesos
towel racks - 200 Pesos
napkin holders - 80 Pesos
wooden ladels - 60 Pesos
key holders - 50 Pesos
disc racks - 450 Pesos
wall clocks - 300 Pesos
stools - 150 Pesos (small), 300 Pesos (big)
Every Filipino gathering is never without a lechon. Pork roasted in flaming coals and served crispy or with lechon sauce.
In our family, every gathering – wedding, birthday, anniversary, baptism or the yearly family reunion is never without a lechon. As soon as the buffet is opened, we would all grab our plates and line up first for our helping of the lechon. Of course we all preferred the crispy pork skin. Yummy!!! But careful here… this truly delicious delight is a “no-no-no” for people with a high cholesterol level, it might trigger something fatal. Like they always say, everything is best in moderation.
The traditional lechong pinoy!
The Sunday mass celebrations are one of the reasons I go home. Mass schedule are as follows :
Monday to Saturday : 6:00 am
Sunday : 6:30 am, 8:00 am and 6:00 pm
Mass offerings and special mass can be arranged through the parish office.
Fondest memory: My parents were married here. I was baptised here and so as my sister & my brother.