Shopping for Authentic Paete Woodcarvings

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:

Angel’s Handicraft

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)

Click here for Part 1 –Art Heritage of Paete, Part 2 –Shopping for Paete Wood Carvings, Part 3 –Kape Kesada, Part 4 –Paete Holy Week Procession, Part 5 –Paete Artist Unite for a Good Cause


The URI to TrackBack this entry is:

RSS feed for comments on this post.

64 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Hi, I’m looking for Santa Juana de Cuza sculpture just wanna ask kung saan po meron nito sa Paete at kung magkanu po ang price range according sa height. If meron po saan po particular para po dun na ako agad didiretso. Thanks

  2. just want to ask where can i buy a wooden mask of bakunawa or any ifugao wooden mask .. ls ghere such wooden mask in paete.. im from calamaba

  3. good day sir mam just want to inquire about the sculpturer of hairpin made of materials of cow horn.

  4. Mencie Hairston mentioned that Luis Ac Ac store is the only one who sell nativity scene themed. I’m looking a ready made image of Nuestra Senora de Natividad known as Nuestra dela O, is it available on his shop already? Can you please text me 09054317289 for the detail.

  5. Hi! I will be visiting Manila for a wedding in Makati. This will be in february 2016. I believe Paete is like 2 hours away and my group of friends wont have the samw interest as me for woodcarvings. Is there a store in Makati were I could see some woodcarvings?

  6. Gud pm!sir/madam, inquire ku lng po magkano magpagawa ng image 2ft mahal na señior dela pacencia, crucifix 3ft at 2ft our lady of salvation?

  7. Good day Po. . Magkano po ang Saint Michael na 1 feet at 2 feet? Thanks

  8. Magkano po ba magpagawa ng puon na 4 feet ang taas magkano po ba aabutin kasama na po yung damit ng puon gusto ko po magpagawa ng mother dolorosa puntahan nyo po ako sa Tikay Maloloa Bulacan

  9. gusto ko po bumila at mag-pagawa ng imahen ng Sta. Juana de Cuza mga 4feet po ang taas magkano po kaya ang aabutin nun salamat po at kailan po pwede bumili. thank you comment nalang po sa fb. thank you san po kayo sa Paete?

  10. gusto ko pong bumili ng imahe ng Poong Nazareno ung taas na 6 to 7feet. san po pwde bumuli at magkano

  11. Do you have any recommends for wood carving i do have plans to have my own saint do you have any recommend a store that has a nice and beautiful carving but can suit my budget?

    • Yes. Angel’s Handicraft. 🙂

  12. good pm po, saan po ba pwedeng magpagawa ng carroza for Mama Mary , pamprusisyon po.. Ty

  13. Hello po, Good Day, this is Kevin from Mandaue City, Cebu. I read your articles in the Internet and you featured one of the finest wood carvers in Paete, Laguna. I’m referring to Maestro Justino “Paloy” Cagayat Jr. As far as I know, he made the official image of San Pedro Calungsod that was sent to Rome for his Canonization last October 2012. Actually I’ve been looking of any contact to Maestro Justino “Paloy” Cagayat because I’m planning to have my own replica of San Pedro Calungsod. And I know he is the only person who can make the exact replica of San Pedro Calungsod since he is the make the official image.
    In this regards, I would like to ask a small favor from you guyz, If you have any contact numbers or email address or any source of communication to Maestro Justino “Paloy” Cagayat. Can you send it to me on my email address or in my number 0932-797-7971.
    I’m hoping for a good response.
    Thanks and May San Pedro Calungsod bestow you and your family always. God Bless! ^_^

  14. Pwede bang malaman email add ng angel handicraft i want to view nazarene models baka sakali magustuhan ako at makaorder ng isa. tY

  15. Hi I would like to ask how much it cost you’re santo nino 12′ and 24′ and do you have color to choose from?and do you ship international?

  16. goodday folks! I need lapu-lapu wood curvings in details finishes. The height is from 7″ to 12″ ht, How much could i pay?

  17. Religious scultures lang po ba ang pwede nilang gawin? Kailangan ko po kasi ng magssculpt ng frame ng wristwatch ko for thesis, pwede po kaya sa kanila magpagawa?

  18. can u give me a list of prices of sculpture from paete..?!! i want to go there but i don’t have any time nor money,,… i want to buy a 1ft image of Dolo Rosa..? thanks

  19. hi ask ko lng how papunta sa paete from manila to paete..?!! mg cacanvass kasi ako kung magkano mga 1ft na dolo rosa doon..?\

  20. Saan po In Paete Makaka bile ng Maliit na Mama Mary na Nabibihisan? ung mga siguro 10 -15 inch lng at meron bang mga ganun na 200+ na Poon?

  21. sana magdala ng mga santo ang mga taga paete dito sa lucena =)

  22. hellow to all im ask for poon name birgen de turumba
    how much 2fit img of his igmg made of wood

  23. looking for affordable wood carved give-aways. where in paete can i go ?

  24. Gusto ko pong bumili ng imahin ng inang maria, mga 4 ft ang taas. Pwede pong mag send kayo ng e-mail sa akin. Salamat!

  25. hi,,im interested to buy a sto nino..we are going to donate it to the church .how much would a 5 ft sto nino be?

  26. hello… im planning to be there in Paete this august 2012… can i ask how would it cost a 3 inches wood carved Virgin Mary with Child Jesus? The style is like Our Lady of Manaoag, (Nasusuotan ng Damit)
    Please reply poh… GOD BLESS and MORE POWER!

  27. Hello can you help me find a shop where I can order a customize boat. I have the photo of the boat and I been surfing the net on where I can order customize wood carve boat. If you know where, can you please give me an idea of how much a one foot customize boat will cost me and how long it will take. I am planning to send the boat in Canada before xmas.
    Thanks and hope you can help me.

  28. Hello I am currently living in Manila and i have a fiancee in Canada. He loves boat but since I cant afford a real boat I am thinking of giving him a customized replica of the boat where he used to work back in Newfoundland. I have the picture of the boat but and I been searching the net on where I can find a shop to order a customize boat. Can you please help me on this.

  29. Normally magkano ang black nazarene 2ft and 3ft…

  30. hi! do you have any contacts of the stores in Paete and do they accept custom made pieces? thanks.

  31. My spouse and I absolutely love your blog and find most of your post’s to be exactly what I’m looking for. Does one offer guest writers to write content in your case? I wouldn’t mind publishing a post or elaborating on some of the subjects you write with regards to here. Again, awesome blog!

  32. Hello. Can you please Give me directions on how to commute to Paete, Laguna?

    I would like to visit the place, and maybe buy some authentic wood carvings. or have one made.

    • Hi Jerv, there are two ways you can reach Paete from Manila. First, go to HM Bus terminal in Cubao. Take the ride going Sta. Cruz Laguna. From Sta. Cruz take a jeep going to Siniloan ask the driver to drop you off to Paete. The second route is more scenic and our prefered route. Go to transportation terminal in Starmall Mandaloyung along Edsa. Look for an FX going to Tanay Rizal. From Tanay terminal, take a jeep going to Siniloan, Laguna. From Sinilioan, take another jeep ride going Sta. Cruz. Ask the driver to drop you off in Paete.

      The travel time is relatively long. But if you’re looking for the finest woodcarving and want a master carver make one for you, Paete is your destination then.

      Hope you find this helpful.

  33. i am beginning to like antiques and some wood carvings…i am thinking of going to Paete one of these days to see if it’s cheaper there as compared to Quiapo… I would like to buy a big standing angel or our lady of perpetual help…p;s give me an idea as to how much…thanks

    • Hello Richard, the last time I bought wood carvings in Paete, the price range from 800 to 1500 for a 14 inch statue. This is made of solid wood and in natural finish.

  34. i am visiting paete in a week because i want to have carvings done. would you know of contacts of some master carvers?

  35. hi,
    i wonder if you can help me. i am looking for a woodcarving of Berhin del Pilar, 4 ft. do you have informations re: price range, mode of payment, delivery to davao del norte.
    any informations from you will be very much appreciated.

  36. hi.
    Im jhay-em, im searching ice carving tools for our upcoming competition this august, where could i possibly buy tools for carving ice…hope you can help me..this is my number you might want to text to me where.thanks a lot.

    • sorry jhay-em i dont have information on where to get ice carving tools.

  37. Ich moechte ihnen ein geschaeftliches Angebot bezueglich ihrer Webseite machen, schreiben Sie mir bitte eine Email, falls Sie interessiert sind.

    Hello there, I veryrecently located your site and would like to talk to you about a business venture that would be of great benefit to you. Please email me
    at the given email address.

  38. san po pede makabili sa paete tulad ng mga korona buhok ng birhen at baston ni mama mary tulad nun sa our lady of peace andgood voyage. hope to hear from you soon

    • Mike iam not sure kung meron kuronang buhok ng birhen and baston for sale sa paete. lahat ng nakita namin ay gawa sa inukit na kahoy.

      • Try going to quipo stuff like that are available…

  39. Hi,

    Where can I go for the best-carved custom-made furniture? Is it Paete, Laguna or Betis, Pampanga? Can you name a few where I can hunt? Thanks.

    • Paete specializes on sculptural pieces JC while Betis create those European-style furniture.

  40. Im going to Paete during the holyweek 2010.I would like to see the life size religious statues.Which shop should I go to? Paul

    • I recommend Luis Ac-ac, Wil Bagayana, Felix Vadellon and Justino “Paloy” Cagayat Jr. to create your life size santos Paul. You can ask about the location of their workshops once you get to Paete. Their very famous. Ac-ac is a well-known artist. Bagayana is known for his speed and detail. Vadellon for detail. Cagayat is known for the statue in Filipino film “Machete.”

  41. Whenever I travel I use It’s awesome

  42. hi, i’m a sunflower collector just want to see some wood curvings with sunflower design, where will i go in paete or did some factories there who make woodcurvings has website so i may look at their stuffs? thnks please e-mail me at

  43. Just got back from my day trip to Lumban and Paete. In Paete, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Mr. Luis Ac-Ac and admire his works. I was in the hunt for a Filipino-themed nativity scene and he had the only set in the entire town. I love it that his pieces reflect Filipino facial features (as opposed to Euro-centric facial images that are commonly depicted by others). I visited the various shops, including Odette Cagandahan’s gallery. I sneaked into Cafe Kesada and had a wonderful time people watching. I was treated to two funeral processions (ala New Orlean’s style) complete with small brass bands. The town still has the ‘small town’ feel — everyone was eager to help, give directions and share information.

    On the way to Paete, we lunched at Exotika, a restaurant featuring exotic gourmet fares — frog legs, bayawak, etc. I recommend this place highly for those whose taste buds are adventurous. Exotika’s gift shop carried beautifully carved wooden handbags. I was told the bags were carved in Paete.

    I’ll definitely go back and linger longer in Paete. Thanks for the leads.

  44. Thanks for the wonderful leads. I’m excited at the prospect of visiting Paete and picking up a couple of wood carvings. I’ll be sure to let you know how my trip went.


  45. I plan to visit Pete in two weeks — can you recommend a place where to stay overnight? Also, things to do, places to see and where to eat?


    • For your day tour Mencie, I recommend you visit the centuries-old church of St. James and the Aglipay church. Both churches are near the plaza. From the plaza, walk towards Kesada Street. Along the narrow street are shops that offer authentic Paete woodcarvings. You can observe well-known artist and mastercarver, Luis Ac-ac create his masterpiece. You may also want to shop for woodcraft at Angel’s Woodcarvings and creative novelty items from Buhay at Hugis Paete (the one with the larger than life Our of Guadalupe statue inside the shop).

      Also along the street is my favorite hangout in Paete “Kape Kesada Cafe and Art Gallery.” I spend a lot of time here enjoying their fresh brewed while surrrounded by artworks of Paete artists. Look for Dr. Nilo Valdecantos (owner of Kape Kesada). Dr. Nilo will never run out of stories to tell you about Paete and his vision for the his howmtown. You may also asked him about overnight accomodation in Paete.

      There are more shops at end of Kesada Street along the Main Road.

      Look for Lontok woodcarving by Gene Lontok (the street parallel to Kesada to the rigth). I’ve bought some woodcarvings here since they are reasonable and are of good quality work.

      For eats. Go to Bengga’s and enjoy a huge serving of the authentic Pansit Ulam. Next to Bengga’s is the workshop of Will Bagayana. You may catch Mang Will performs his craft.

      A few walks for Mang Will’s workshop is Galerie Christine of the Gagandahan siblings. Galerie Christine exhibits the works of award winning painters Odette and Christine Cagandahan and the sculptures of Glenn Cagandahan. Look for Mabel to give you a tour of the gallery.

      Since its summer, visit the wawa park or the lake shore for a boatride. There is also the Matabungca falls and Calvary Cross on Mount Ping-as. You may get in touch with the local tourism office and look for Bien Cagandahan for these tours.

      You may also want to include in your itinerary, a visit to the town of Pakil which is few minutes away from Paete. This town was once part of Paete. Visit their ornate Franciscan Church, Danny Dalena Museum and the Whittler’s Craft, a store sells delicate kind of carving that can only be found in Pakil. This store is just next to the Church of Pakil.

      I’m sure you and your company will have a good experience in Paete. I did. That’s why I kept going back there every weekend.

  46. Can you pls send me the Address in paete laguna.
    Is this a factory also?

    I wan’t to visit some of the factory in Laguna,Paete.
    On March sana.

    Pls let me know.. Thanks 🙂

  47. This is a cool post about coupons and there prices.
    Thanks for such an informative post.

  48. Paetenos have a great town and great craft to be proud about yars. More than the craftsmanship is the towns rich history as seen in the Church of St. James, the delicacies like the pacit ulam at Bengas and bibingka stuffed with coconut meat.

    I am not from Paete but I frequently visit your town for some reason I fell in love with your craft that I bring home a piece at home everytime I visit.

    I was just there last Saturday and I was fortunate to have met Dr. Nilo Valdecantos at Kesada Cafe. We had a good talk.

    That’s another thing I like about Paete -the warm hospitality and friendly people.

  49. thanks for promoting my town and our crafts. Im a paetenian who is now residing in Makati City, Phils. it feels so great that people still recognize the beauty and treasure or our place.
    Surely, Paeteños will forever make their crafts alive for the sake of Paetes rich artistic history in honor of our great-grandfathers,grandfathers and fathers who dedicated themselves on creating and building the art and pride of Paete.
    Paetenian crafts are still known in the whole world. We broadend are territory by invading the hotels and luxury ships business for decades now.
    We are proud Paeteños.. we are proud Filipino.
    More power to Traveler on foot!

  50. Not a problem Mike. Goodluck!

  51. I used one of the pics that you have here and acknowledged you as the author. I also provided a link back to this site in case somebody clicks the picture. I hope it is ok with you.

  52. They are indeed nice carvings Sidney. I believe that for as long as we keep promoting their craft, the art heritage of Paete will never die.

  53. Nice carvings… hope they manage to keep this craft alive!

  54. Glad to hear from you again Pusa. Those fruits made of papier mache look real indeed. Nicely finished.

  55. amazing work of arts, i really love those fruits they look so real

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: