It was not meant to intensively explore the area. Yeah, our purpose was just to try the route, take our time, feel each stop and set the map for future travel plans in Laguna without going through Manila which is a long shot. We started 12:30pm from pantok Binangonan Rizal. It was kinda late coz we were too lazy to get out of bed early.
The jeepney ride from Pantok to Tanay Rizal took us 40 minutes at 28peesos each. We stopped by Tanay Church to say our little prayers and took a few photos before proceeding to the town market (pamilihang bayan) where the jeepney terminals are for different destinations. The only trip to Laguna is through Siniloan and from there, you can transfer take a ride to many towns including that of nearby Quezon. The fare is around 55 pesos if I am not mistaken and the trip takes an hour or more through the mountain separating Laguna and Rizal.
We stopped by Siniloan to appreciate the place. I noticed that this is the town of tricycles, I thought there are more tricycles here than the number of people. We had lunch at a fastfood chain first ( sige na nga jollibee,lol) and observed the people. I love sitting in a corner and "people watch" you know. We visited the local church which has become a custom to me, after all, the catholic church in every town holds a lot of history and therefore is the spirit of the place. As I said, the jeepney terminal in the public market also has terminals which could take you to many places in Laguna and the nearby province of Quezon.
The first thing we noticed after walking a few meters from the highway along the lake was the Church. This is one thing that should not be missed here of coarse. PAETE CHURCH was first built in 1646 by the locals under the supervision of a priest. It was not until 1717 though that the new church was built made of adobe bricks and a mixture of egg white and other native materials to cement them.
PAETE is well known for its wood carvings and paper maches. It is for this reason that the town was proclaimed "the Carving Capital of the Philippines" on March 15, 2005 by then Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Wood carvings of fruits, statues, religious replicas and many other thing could be found here. If you are into wood carving products,this is the place for you.
They are kinda expensive of coarse, and since I am not into it coz my house is too small for such fancies, we just surveyed some stores for a few small items that we can ring home.
kesong puti ( 80php per bundle)