I took this in Paete, Laguna during Holy Week several years ago. We visited a good friend of mine, Dr. Nilo Valdecantos who in my book, should be appointed as the town Hero. He is the owner of Kape Kesada, a local cafe cum art gallery and Doc Nilo has been passionately pushing for the recognition of Paete as the wood carving and art capital of Laguna. Unfortunately, Doc Nilo lost his valiant fight against cancer a few months ago and is survived by his wife and sons who are now tasked with taking care of the cafe. I took this at the only church in town which is called the Saint James the Apostle Parish Church. The church is famous, among other things, for its murals which I’ll post about later on.

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