April 22, 2011
This was my first visit in Paete, Laguna. I was actually expecting rows of shops that sells wood carvings which this place is very famous of in the field of woodcarving industry, but since it was Good Friday and almost 4pm. We were able to witness the famous “Dapit” – a Good Friday Santo Entierro Procession. This reminds me of the Black Nazarene of Quiapo, where numbers of man devotees carries the heavy ornate glass casket surrounded by weeping cherubs and walk in unison. At the procession, there were kids making noises announcing the coming of the procession using wood or bamboo clappers called “matraka”. The church was already filled up with people waiting for the “Senor”, and you will surely feel how strong the Catholic devotion and belief in this town.
Also, I learned that this event is a “tourist destination” during the Lenten Season. And there are a lot of ceremonies which starts during Holy Wednesday for the bathing of “Senor” (http://www.paete.org/forums/viewtopic.php?t=1650). Truly a very interesting feast that every Pinoy should be proud of.
About Paete, Laguna:
The small town of Paete was founded as a Christian settlement around 1580 by Fray Juan de Plasencia and Fray Diego de Ongresa. This urban was first a visita of Pueblo de Lumban.
Pueblo de San Lorenzo was Paete’s first name, as derived from the first Patron Saint San Lorenzo Ruiz, given by the missionary priests. Year 1600 when Paete was separated from Lumban then became part of Pangil. But in 1602 Paete stood alone as Pueblo de San Lorenzo, with Pakil on its North, and Longos, San Juan and San Antonio on its South, as Paete’s Barrios.
It was in 1669 when the barrios in the South became Pueblo de Longos – now Kalayaan. And on 1676, Pakil stood on itself, leaving Paete without any barrio.
Although very small compared to its nearby towns, Paete became well known by its woodcrafts, its people – the artisans, and its rich culture. After liberation, Paete became distinguished for wooden shoes (bakya) beautifully handcrafted and chiseled in various remarkable designs. This lucrative industry unfastened several additional crafts, like woodcarving, furniture making, papier mache, paper pulp, resin and countless notable creations from the town declared as the Carving Capital of the Philippines on March 15, 2005 under Presidential Proclamation No. 809.
The Santo Entierro Procession:
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