HOW TO GET TO PAETE
From the north, the winding road from Manila travels away from the lakeshore for many miles eastward - then turns southward, following the shape of the lake, past little towns and marshy ricefields, and on across the mouth of a narrow river filled with dugout fishing canoes ("bangka"). It then bends hard left to where you get a full view of Paete Church against the backdrop of a lush mountain slope. From there a picturesque waterfall steeply flows to become the river. On top of the hill stand three ancient crosses that approximate those of Calvary itself. If this sight is breathtaking enoughfor you, by all means, stay.
From the south, another road that has already gone for many miles around three-quarters of the lake from Manila now hugs the foothills and comes upon the crumbling Catholic cemetery amidst a rugged landscape shaded with dense fruit trees, coconut palms, bushes and flowering vines. A number of small streams spring out from the foothills and flow through the town and into the lake. Here and there, in the air many degrees cooler than Manila, you hear the sounds and songs of the woodworking shops.
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