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Take a tour of historic, bucolic Laguna

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LAGUNA has several alluring destinations, from centuries-old churches to ordinary creeks or rice fields that give you a taste of the historic and bucolic life in the province. Make sure you don’t miss them during your next visit!

Text and photos by Leobel Colona / Lifestyle Laguna

SAINT JAMES THE APOSTLE PARISH

Whenever doing the Visita Iglesia during the Holy Week, travelers would not miss an opportunity to pass by the Saint James the Apostle Parish in Paete. Rich in history, the church was first built in the 1600s but was destroyed in an earthquake and was rebuilt in the 1700s. 

Maintaining its appearance since its construction, another part of the church’s charm are the murals inside painted by local artists. The overall aesthetic is a reflection of the creativity of the town, which is also known for its handicrafts. The church has intricate designs unique only to the municipality.

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On slow days, the parish is closed for maintenance and the locals of Paete mostly come here for a brief prayer or a quick rendezvous. Tourists and history buffs would gather around the plaque installed by the National Historical Commission. The church itself is a reflection of its construction during the Spanish era; because earthquakes happened here frequently, the Spaniards installed the buttresses.

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