Top Things to do in Paete, Laguna

Paete is a simple town located nearby Pagsanjan and Liliw, Laguna. The ambiance of the place offers you a laid-back feel, back to old Filipino cultural days, and traveling around town is easy. I went to Paete for the second time and bring along my Roadmates with me. The time spent was all worth it, here, take a look at the top things to do when you find yourself in this place of Luzon.

Let’s Go! 

1. Climb to Tatlong Krus Lenten season is getting near. Why not place Paete on top of your itinerary? Offer a sacrifice by marching your way up to Tatlong Krus. Climbing your way is never easy, always check your health condition with a doctor before attempting to climb, going up will take around 500 steps. 

How to get there?

1st Option – From the town of Paete, climb your way up (around 500 steps). There are guided rails along the way, but climbing is never easy since there is no straight walkways up, steps are stairway type so you have to get your knees ready.

2nd Option – If you have your service car, you will have to drive up the mountain (zigzag roads), and drop off where the sign (Tatlong Krus) are. This is the option we chose, and after the Tatlong Krus we walk our way down to our next things to do.

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 2. Refresh at Matabungca Falls – Either you climb up or just jump off at Tatlong Krus, there’s no better way to refresh yourself than to bask in the cold water of Matabungca Falls. There are no private accommodation near the area. However, there is one bathroom provided by the Municipality if you wanted to change clothes, water for rinsing is also directly coming from the falls, and mind you — you can drink it! We tried it, totally refreshing!

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3. Learn Ice Carving – Enjoy art and learn art. On the Carving Capital blog post feature of Paete, I posted mostly of wood carvings and artworks. Now, I also tried ice carving.

Ice Carving Demo Fee: P2,200 – inclusive of 2 ice blocks to be carved, transportation and carver’s talent fee.

I got to enjoy  Ice Carving with the Honorable Mayor of Paete, Mayor Rojilyn “Mutuk” Bagabaldo who is very eager to show tourists how ice carving is being done. He is a very hands-on Leader of this small town, catering to tourist whenever he is available.

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4. Learn Wood Carving – Though I didn’t got to try hands-on wood carving, watching their handicrafts is a real pleasure. Imagine, looking at these canvass, we cannot fathom how they do it on the same exact manner without a duplicating machine just pure hand work, amazing!                                          

      Wood Carving Demo Fee: P400

5. Learn Fruit & Vegetable Carving – The best food carvers came from Paete, you can check it on google and see their amazing works. I didn’t get the chance to watch fruit carving live because it took us some time to freshen up from our climb in Tatlong Krus, maybe next time I can get to see fruit & vegetable carving in person.

Fruit & Vegetable Carving Demo Fee: P1,400

Food-Carving

Photo credits to Pat Mateo.  Check out full article at F&B Report

6. Connect with the Taka Ladies and learn Papier-mache making. – This is my second time to meet the Taka Ladies and introducing these group of ladies to my roadmates was an awesome experience! When you visit Paete, get to meet these ladies, ask their stories and schedule for a demo. 


Papier-mache Demo Fee: P400



7. Complete your Instagrammable home art collections – Bring extra pocket money to buy something for your home. Most of these were made of wood and paper. I hoarded tissue holder boxes in square, round and rectangle shape for our home and as souvenir give-aways. I also bought one for our kitchen. Mommies, daddies, sons and daughters will surely enjoy choosing from these artistic crafts. These are ranging from paper crafts to wooden crafts, which also includes some toys. 

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8. Recollect at St. James The Apostle Parish Church or simply known as Paete Church – Catholicism is very evident in this town and old traditions are still being practiced liked the sounding of the bell during a funeral parade, which we happened to witness during our tour. You may also visit other big churches near the Municipal Town Area. You may check other information of the Paete Church on this link Paete Church
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9. Visit the Organic Farm – One of Mayor Mutuk’s project is converting raw land to Organic Farms. I happened to know that this Project exists from our last DSWD Learning Visit, and Mayor Mutuk himself described how he envisions on expanding the farm. Most of the land in Paete has been barren and needs to be treated to convert into farming. When I get back to Paete, visiting the farm will be on my next list. 

10. Taste their native delicacies – at the corner of a street in Paete, you will find these delicious snacks. 

This is made from coconut milk and casava topped with margarine.

These are caramelized camotes, and on the lower right are  “maruya” -fried banana with sugar


11. Kape Kesada Art Gallery – Coffee and art, anyone? Well, this is the perfect spot to relax after you are done with your tour or with your shopping. It is just along the main street leading to the Paete Municipal Hall. Kape Kesada is a coffee shop and an art gallery. Interesting pieces of sculpture and portraits can be found. Too bad they do not allow posting of pictures of the art gallery on social media.





12. Give a portion of yourself! Do outreach Program for the Taka Ladies or the people of  Brgy. Papatahan. Our Coop had a paper and clothes donation drive and the appreciation of Paete people is priceless!



There we go with our TOP THINGS TO IN PAETE, LAGUNA. I hope you find the list enjoyable and easy to do. Do share us your stories of your own explorations of this little quiet town. For an easy – breezy trip, don’t forget to book your tour with ROAD RENT A CAR  Transport Service Cooperative. 

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DSWD Learning Visit – Ikot sa CALABARZON 2018 – Part III

If you have been following these 3-part blog series of our DSWD Learning Visit, we already have tackled 2 of the most popular program of DSWD – 4Ps and SLP.  Now we are going to see the project Kalahi-CIDSS, what it is, and what are the impacts of the projects to the community.

 It was a beautiful Saturday morning, and we checked out early from Patio Rizal Hotel and headed to Mauban, Quezon. It was an hour drive from Lucban. We stopped over at the nearby road where our next destination was, while waiting for the other van who fetched the LGU Officer at the City Hall. We enjoyed the green sceneries, it is noticeable that Quezon is one of the largest producer of copra (coconut). And it is also evident as well in Mauban. 

DSWD Ikot sa Calabarzon

Our next community we visited is located at Brgy. Remedios II, Mauban, Quezon, take a quick tour to this awesome town hidden from the highway.

Brgy. Remedios river
Breathtaking view of the town’s river, where the residents still use the flowing water to wash their clothes, kids take a bath here too!

Our vehicle stopped by a river, and we walked and crossed 2 hanging bridges. This is the only means to get to the baranggay. Safety while crossing the Kinaimit River to get inside and outside the community has been a long time problem of the residents. The previous hanging bridge they were using were already damaged by Typhoon Glenda. The broken bridge had affected the delivery of assistance and had delayed the emergency response to the community. Children and farmers are the most affected as they are the ones who frequently goes in and out of the community. With this experience, the residents worked together and proposed to apply for Kalahi-CIDSS to helped them with the construction of a new hanging bridge.

This is the landmark going to the bridge leading to Brgy. Remedios
Main sources of livelihood in the area are copra and horse transportation (rentals).

Aside from the need of a hanging bridge, the Remedios Elementary School Annex A used to have only three classrooms catering to around 150 students from Kinder up to Grade Six. These rooms weren’t enough to hold classes which are adequate for the learning needs of the students. Thus, they proposed to build an additional three-classroom school building through the funding assistance of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, a development partner of DSWD’s Kalahi-CIDSS. 

So What is Kalahi-CIDSS?

“Kalahi-CIDSS, otherwise known as the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services, is one of the poverty alleviation programs of the Philippine Government being implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).” –read more here

Comparing to 4PS and SLP, the Kalahi-CIDSS caters to communities which 1) belong to the poorest area; 2) priority for those who are considered as calamity-stricken communities; 3) with the recommendation of the LGU whose community to prioritized for the fund.

The residents had a meeting and pinpointed their most important priority to be done for the community and come up with  these 2 projects (Hanging Bridge and  additional classroom buildings), they are the ones who made the proposal, provided for the documents needed and the residents actually monitored and were hands-on during the purchasing of materials, construction up to finishing of the project.  Through this “Bayanihan” the residents were able to lower the costs, and instead of hiring construction companies and workers, the volunteer-residents did it themselves and were paid compensation for the work. They said they have a feeling of ownership of the project thus lead them to take care of   it even more. They even discipline and reprimands other residents who abuses the use of the hanging bridge.


Brgy. Remedios II, Mauban, Quezon  residents

Hanging bridge sub-project

  • Total Project Cost: Php461,046.00 
  • No. of households served: 118 households
The Hanging Bridge Project of KALAHI-CIDSS

1-unit 3-classroom school building sub-project (AusAID)

  • Total Project Cost: Php2.46 Million
  • No. of households served: 152 households

The building of the new hanging bridge brought convenience to the residents, and as per one resident said “It is a benefit that is not financial per se, but of convenience to us. We used to cross the river when the bridge was broken, there was no other way for us to get to town except for the hanging bridge. We can now carry sacks of rice, copra without worrying being swept into the river. However, the animals (carabao and horses) still needed to cross the river. We do not allow people with animals to use the hanging bridge, this is to protect it so we can use it on a longer time.”

I remembered I asked the residents;

Me: Why didn’t you build a concrete bridge in order for vehicles or animals to cross over too?”

Resident: We are thinking of the immediate solution for the community and beside there are only but few who have vehicles here. We acted on the urgency of the need for our children, the students who goes to school. 

For the new classroom, the volunteers are very proud of this achievement, even one mother said she was pregnant then, when she volunteered to assist in the documentation, she went to and forth their Baranggay Captain and to the Municipality to sign documents, she even participated in the construction helping the workers in mixing the cement, the ladies cooked meals for the workers. Most of them who volunteered were housewives because their husbands have to focus on their livelihood. But on free days their husbands do their share to in helping with the construction.  This volunteer mommy, were even called “Kalahi” and she said even her son got “Kalahi” as his nickname. 

The new school building with 3 classrooms

The residents’ involvement in the project played a major role on how the residents take care of the given projects by the Government. They learned first hand the financial, the due processes a project needs before it materializes. Though of course, they are being assisted still with licensed engineers, the DSWD officials and the local LGU. They have yearly budget of P10,000 for the maintenance of these structures.

The community prepared their native dishes for our lunch and I enjoyed them. 

Most of their meals are flavored with coconut milk as these are abundant in the area, we had laing, adobong manok (looks more of tinola), pancit habhab and bico (sweet rice).

After visiting the project beneficiaries of Kalahi-CIDSS, I learned to appreciate the Government efforts in reaching out to the poorest people. If your not exposed to this type of communities, and been only seeing the situation in Manila and the media, you will think that the only project the DSWD have are calamity assistance, repacking of goods, and the like. Being exposed to these type of DSWD projects opened my mind that there are so much more the agency have to offer. We just to need to RESEARCH and REACH OUT. 

Information are in just one touch of a finger thru the internet,  you may check the ff: website for more information of the DSWD Programs and services: DSWD information

Here’s a list of the DSWD Programs and Services: Source: DSWD mini-handbook

  • Tulong Medikal (Medical Services)
  • Tulong Pampaaral (Educational Assistance)
  • Tulong Pampalibing 
  • Tulong Pamasahe
  • Pagbibigay ng Food Packs (Kapag May Disaster)
  • Cash for Work / Food for Work
  • Social Pension para sa mga indigent na Senior Citizen
  • Supplementary Feeding Program
  • Pagsagip sa mga Batang Napababayaan at Naninirahan sa Lansangan
  • Solo Parent Id
  • Programa at Serbisyo para sa mga PWD
  • Travel Clearance para sa mga Menor De Edad
  • Programa at Serbisyo para sa mga Kababaihang Biktima ng Pang-aabuso
  • Lingap at Gabay para sa May Sakit (Lingap sa Masa)
  • Sustainable Livelihood Program
  • Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program

Beneficiaries selection process:

The current process in selecting beneficiaries are those included in the Listahanan. 
“The Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) is an information management system that identifies who and where the poor are in the country. The system makes available to national government agencies and other social protection stakeholders a database of poor families as reference in identifying potential beneficiaries of social protection programs.” 

See more information on the Listahanan here –About Listahanan

If you think you are eligible for any of this programs and are not receiving any information or benefits, you may visit your Local Government Unit to check if your listed as indigent, if not, you may request to be added and the LGU MSWD officer will check on your current situation, they may do some investigation to prove your eligibility.

Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program Summary:

Benefits:

  • P300 every month per child studying in Elementary
  • P500 every month per child studying in High School
  • Up to maximum of 3 children are covered 
  • P500 every month in each household

Conditions of the Program:

Before a beneficiary received any benefits, they must oblige with the following:

  • School attendance of not  less than 85% per month
  • Monthly check-up of children 0-5 years old and pregnant women
  • De-worming of school children twice in one year
  • Monthly attendance to Family Development Sessions (FDS)

Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Summary:

Target:

  • Families listed in the Listahanan (mentioned above)
  • Beneficiaries of 4Ps or families listed as indigents
  • Belonging to vulnerable sector such as native tribes, senior citizens, PWDs, out-of-school youth and others

Modalities:

  • Skills Training
  • Seed Capital Fund
  • Pre-employment assistance fund
  • Cash for building livelihood assets

I know somehow, you are enlightened with these different programs of DSWD. And I’m sure you still have a lot of questions, you may reach DSWD at the ff:

  • Office address: DSWD Field Office IV-A Alabang-Zapote Rd., Alabang, Muntinlupa City
  • Contact no.: 807-7102
  • Email at: fo4a@dswd.gov.ph
  • Like their facebook page: DSWD Region IV-A
  • Twitter: @dswdservesfo4a

After our visit to Mauban, we headed to Majayjay, Laguna for a stop-over and a refreshing break. We stopped over to Angelina’s Garden Bed and Breakfast. Our team decided to try and trekk Bukay Falls — Soon on my next blog..

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