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#226 Paete Church

Paete Church (also known as St. James The Apostle Church), is located in Paete, Laguna. St. James the apostle is the patron of this church built in a town famous for its woodcarvers. Although the church has been recently renovated, and the construction materials are not like the original, the designs remain mainly the same.

Paete was founded in 1580 by Rev. Juan de Palesencia, a Franciscan friar. The Franciscans built a stone church and convent in 1646.  Rev. Francisco de la Fuente led the construction of a stronger church in 1717, which was later destroyed by the earthquake of 1880. The church was again reconstructed in 1884 by Rev. Pedro Galiano. Century-old paintings and wooden statuaries adorn the church interiors. Unfortunately, an earthquake destroyed the church again in August 20, 1937.

Paete Church blends a distinctly local style with Western baroque. All the religious images were carved and/or painted by the residents of Paete long ago. It was completed in the early Spanish period, with a magnificent baroque altar, intricately carved images and 19th century murals by local artist Jose Dans.

Mabuhay ang Paete Church!

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#149 Pakil Church

Pakil Church or the Pedro de Alcantara Parish Church in Pakil, Laguna (Luzon island, northern Philippines), was built in 1767 after 35 years of construction. In 1788, the Virgin of Turumba was enshrined in this church. The church’s architectural design has Corinthian and Ionic styles or elements.

Despite calamities such as earthquakes and World War II, Pakil Chuch has survived with most of its architectural features still intact. Along with the rectory, a fire damaged the church in 1851. Repairs were done in the same year. The church survived two earthquakes in 1881 and 1937. Fourteen icons grace its main altar with the Archangel Michael towering above the others. Each icon is housed in an elaborately carved niche in Spanish colonial style.

Although the interior of the church has been renovated recently, the design of the church remains basically the same.  The church belfry has four small bells and one huge bell. Today, Pakil Church is now a major tourist destination in Laguna province.

Mabuhay ang Pakil Church!

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