Saint James the Apostle, Paete

The first church was built in 1646 by the natives under the supervision of Fray Andres de Puertellano. In 1717, a new church was erected.

It was made of limestone (adobe) bricks and mixture of egg white and other native materials to "cement" them. The building was constructed in elaborate baroque style with an infusion of oriental artistry. The intricate altar (retablo) pieces were made by the natives, among them were Bartolome Palatino and Francisco Macahumpan. The large paintings inside the church were executed by another notable son of Paete, Luciano Dans—these are;

1. The Langit, Lupa, Impiyerno (Heaven, Earth, Hell), and;

2. the large murals of San Cristobal (Saint Christopher).

The church with all its ornate designs and architecture was completed in 1840. It sustained major damages in the earthquakes of 1884 and 1937. The only recorded history during this time was written under the auspices of the Spanish Roman Catholic Church.

Therefore, all the credits for the church construction and reconstruction are heaped on the "men of the cloth" and made no mention of names of native Paetenians.

During the Japanese occupation of World War II, the church served as a dungeon and torture house to many of the town's inhabitants. The prisoners claimed to be subjected to unspeakable pain and atrocities. Dozens were killed, and hundreds sustained physical, emotional and mental wounds. The war has "produced countless unsung heroes and martyrs" for Paete.
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  • Nothing like old Baroque-styled Roman Catholic churches to remind you how faith has traveled far and wide. In the municipality of Paete in the province of Laguna, the Paete Church stands proudly in th...  more »
  • The Catholic church is imposing in the town of Paete. Inside the altars are intricately carved showing the artistry of the people of Paete. It is a place where one can mediate and pray. The church was...  more »
  • We started our Church visits at Pagsanjan - our Lady of Guadalupe. Visit the small chapel inside Pagsanjan for a nice surprise- beautiful! Then Paete and Pakil Churches. Best to go see both as they ar...  more »
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  • The town of Paete, Laguna is the home of famous woodcarvers in the Province of Laguna. No wonder even in their Parish Church, one can find many artistic images which highlight their culture.
  • This is one of the most artistic churches in Laguna. The side entrance easily looks grander than some other churches' facades.
  • The town is known for its woodcarving industry. The church is a showcase for the people's craft. Set amidst the natural beauty of Laguna's lakeside towns. The drive going here is scenic. Transcient parking is available but note that this is an old town with narrow streets. Souveneir hunters will have a treat with woodcraft stores in the town itself.
  • I love the old style feel of this church.
  • The carvings on the facade of the church is amazing!
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