In Paete, the skill of carving artworks out of wood is passed on from generations to generations. Woodcarvers learned the craft of woodcarving from apprenticeship.
Authentic Paete woodcarvings are sold in various shops located along the narrow streets of the town. The price varies depending on the size and details, the type of wood used and the artist who created the sculpture.
J.V. Quesada Street is the main shopping district of Paete. Also called as the ”tourist lane,” the street is flanked with little shops that showcase the town’s crafts.
Felix Vadellon Mastercarver
Felix Vadellon is one of the best master carvers in Paete. He learned the craft by being an apprentice of another master woodcarver. Art collectors seek Felix to have one-of-a-kind pieces customized including life-size santos which are paraded during religious procession.
Coincidentally, I’ve learned from him that one of his works was included in the Holy Week Procession in San Mateo Rizal. This particular scene from Christ’s Passion shows Jesus being taken down from the Cross. While most of the carrozas in procession have only one or two images, this handy work of Felix has six characters.
Joseph Husband of Mary Handicraft
Joseph Husband of Mary Handicraft offers ready-made woodcarvings from small wooden souvenirs to huge life-size statues. They also accept repairs and repainting jobs.
Ang Buhay at Hugis sa Paete
Upon entering the store named Ang Hugis at Buhay sa Paete, we were greeted by a gigantic statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe carved out of styrofoam.
Owned by Lino Dalay, this store is famous for its papier mache art ranging from realistic papier-mache fruits to Mardi Gras and Moriones masks.
Visit Ang Sining ni Lino Dalay’s Ang Buhay at Hugis sa Paete at #005 J.V. Quesada Street Paete, Laguna. Phone: (049-8170111); Mobile number: (0916-5391447); E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Angel’s Handicraft specializes in ready-made woodcarvings. They also customize and accept repairs and painting jobs of all wooden products. Their showroom is located along J.V. Quesada Street (049-817-1181).
Bien took us to the factory and another showroom of Angel’s Handicraft along Manila East Road, Quincale Paete, Laguna. Owner Cristy dela Rosa graciously welcomed us into their factory. Each of the items displayed on their showrooms were handcrafted. Therefore, each item is original and none are alike.
Cristy told us that they started their business back in the 1985 with just family members as part of the working team. Today, the dela Rosa factory is staffed by a group of artisans, each having his or her specialization either in carving, painting or adding finishing touches to their products.
Contact Angel’s Handicraft at (049-817-1863)