Sunday, August 22, 2010

three stop laguna

who says one can't do a fine day trip from Metro Manila? here's to give you three worth stop that you can do on just a day on a weekend. we did this on a day trip in Laguna where lawstude decided to tag us along with erick and lantaw.

[1] Paete

the country's carving capital is definitely a worth stop for those who wants to trace where some of the most beautiful wood carvings came. some of these now displayed on some countries around the world including in St Peter's Basilica in Rome.
find the street where most of the wood crafts are sold and on some shops you'll even get the opportunity to see the craftsmen do their art piece using a set of hammer and chisel. they'd be so kind to show you how it's done.the nearby church of Paete can be just one of the ordinary churches built by the Spaniards but not a lot knew that the large murals here are impressive. though it's sad to see that some part of the mural is already deteriorating.
one painting shows St. Christoper while a more notable is the painting entitled "Langit, Lupa, Impyerno" or "Heaven, Earth, Hell" by one of Paete's pride, Luciano Dans.just right outside the church grounds, expect delicious merienda from the vendors. that's for you to discover.

[2] Caliraya Japanese Garden
built in memoriam to all the Japanese soldiers who died during the world war II. today, it remains an abode of a beautiful Japanese-inspired ornamental garden. located on top of the hills of Caliraya just a short drive from Paete.
expect few rare flora view around the area including a mini man-made lake. a stairway that leads up to an overlooking view of lake Caliraya. this might sound odd but with the many tree shades around its grounds, it becomes a great resting place for the dead and the living.a minimal entrance fee is charged to enter the area, most likely for its maintenance. but there's not much to see or do around this area. it's really a site to somehow experience Laguna's fresh air.

[3] Caliraya Aqueduct
one of lake Caliraya's favorite stop would be the lake's viewing tower which serves as a site to monitor the lake's water level. now a photographer's favorite subject and might be considered as the lake's icon.shortly after our stay in this tower, the clouds turned gray and soon brought heavy rains. just the right sign that we have to head back home.

30 comments:

Ely said...

Been to Paete a couple of times. Ganda nga ng mga wood carvings nila. I've lost the pictures that we took dun sa church...

Ailee Verzosa said...

i have been there a couple of times, and i would like to go there again!!!

SandyCarlson said...

Those creative works are just amazing. Really wonderful photos, my friend. From the sculptures to the church to the gardens....and then the natural world. Sumptuous!

pusang kalye said...

ito yung famous daytrip sa Laguna na namention sa OUR LONELY PLANET Phils 1st issue. galing. gusto ko rin matry to esp Paete and of course, the famous Caliraya lake na lagi kong naririnig at alam ko malapit na sa Binangonan kaso mahirap mag-commute to get there. di pa ko familiar sa way after ng Tanay.....

I am Xprosaic said...

Yun oh... carvings! basta paete talaga... hmmmm... Saka ayos din sa Caliraya! ahooh!

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

I feel sorry for those old murals. The humid Philippine weather is going to make it worse - unless restoration work is done soon.

mordsith said...

I used to have like that horse in the first picture as a child! I didn't know it came from laguna pala. :)

Eds said...

i've never been to paete pero sana soon mapuntahan ko din yang place anyway malapit lang sya. ganda ng mga wood carvings noh?

korek, maganda din sa caliraya, 2006 pa kami nakarating jan.

Photo Cache said...

I love day trips. You filled your day with wonderful stops. I would love to see the carvers in action.

docgelo said...

nice take on those taka horses, dom!
i'd like to take this day tour too someday. sana lang mapreserve ng kinauukulan ang mga paintings at mga century-old structures doon.

Chyng said...

good suggestion. and very inviting photos. ang husay, kainis! hehe

kung di ba umulan after nagfood trip pa kayo? Ü

journeyingjames said...

lapit lang samin ng paete, pero di ko pa nadadalaw yung wood carvings.. masarap ang hangin sa jap garden, from los banos, tinatakbo ko until dun. nice shots btw, especially the tools!

gillboard said...

maraming beses nakong nakarating ng Laguna, pero di pako nakakapunta ng Caliraya. Ang ganda ng tower.

witsandnuts said...

Yay, you've been there. We're planning to stay in one of the resorts near Lake Caliraya. I hope it will push through.

Borneo Falcon said...

Langit means sky in my country.

Never thought I will be seeing an aqueduct outside Rome. Interesting finding from this post itself

Bengbeng said...

look at that workmanship..so detailed

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Love the wood carvings . I never fail to stop and watch craftsmen at work.

Shey said...

These are interesting & beautiful stops. I love to hear the fascinating stories attached to each of these places. Thanks so much for letting me know more of our native land. :)

stevevhan said...

I love the photos you have for us. I love the architechtural designs of the church that's why i always love to travel in different places, i want to go to vigan someday, have you been there?

I also like the paintings in the churhc and the tower, that place look so pale, mysterious yet romantic, magandang mag senti dun!:)


Continue doing this!

LOVE your BLOG!:)

Nanaybelen said...

Very nice Dong. Ang lapit sa Maynila pero parang haggang sa internet ko lang sila nakikita.
Thanks for sharing

Reena said...

i want to go to paete. saya naman jan...i need a break. im so tired.

FilMasons NSW said...

I have never been to these parts of Laguna but will add to my list of must see. Considering they are so close and a day trip away from Manila.

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SandyCarlson said...

I really love those shots of the men working the wood. They are beautiful. They lead me to thinking how much ordinary passion goes into the church art.

alicesg said...

Very interesting three stops. My mom loved the works done by the craftsmen so much that she made me carry a pair of horses (about 12 inches tall) from Baguio to Hongkong to Bangkok and back to Singapore when I first visited Philippines...lol. It was a hassle when I go through the customs, I had to open the box so many times. But mom loved them so much.

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

I hope I can go back to Paete but this time w/ my own camera so I can take home memories of those impressive arts. I really like the aura of Laguna, nature + arts + nostalgia and oh yeah, good food!

fufu said...

wow great! i really gotta plan it when i go to manila :) hohohoho thanks sharing :)

Nicely said...

Doms, I really hate how you make me feel envious of your photos! Grrrr! Ang galing mo naman kasi! And it's so nakakainis! Hahaha!

Lawstude said...

ang saya ng trip na to dom at adventure pa ng gabi hehe. may sunset shot ako ng ginagawang sm-masinag hehehe.

Hilda said...

Haven't been to Caliraya but I just love Laguna day tours! Fantastic photos as usual, Dom!

nuts said...

so near to Manila but i've never been to Caliraya or even Paete!

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