In Paete, we visited the really exotic Exotik, a boutique restaurant serving unusual fare like python meat, wild boar, etc. Though we did not get the chance to sample some of the out-of-the-ordinary dishes, we had our eyes full of the vivacious architecture and landscape. My sister even got herself a very nice Paete souvenir from the restaurant shop, a wood sculpture of the Last Supper.
My sister-in-law and my cousins got themselves very much interested in one of Paete’s famous products, paper mache. Come the ‘ber’ months (September, October...), people involved in this craft, concentrate their efforts in shaping familiar Christmas icons, particularly the very celebrated figure in red, Santa Claus. As a result, hundreds and hundreds of Santas adorn the front porches of selling stalls, signaling the start of that joyous season all Filipinos love. The Santa displays also exhibit the ingenuity of the Paete folk in expressing their art through wood and paper.