Flight chronicles of the backpacker Tutubi, with travelogues, pictures/photos/videos, travel guides, independent and honest reviews, affordable, recommended resorts and hotels (including inns, guesthouses, pension houses, lodges, hostels, condotels, bed and breakfast and other cheap accommodations), commuting guides, routes (sometimes street maps and GPS coordinates/waypoints) and driving directions to answer "how to get there" questions, information and tips on tourism, budget travel and living in Philippines, Exotic Asia and beyond!
Backpacking, independent travel, and flashpacking are cheaper than the "cheapest package tours" and promotional offers around but you can also use travel information for family vacations, even romantic honeymoon destinations.
More than the usual tourist spots and "places to see," this blog advocates heritage conservation, environmental protection, and history awareness for Filipinos, foreigners, and ex-pats wishing to explore Paradise Philippines and Exotic Asia!
Paete, the artistic town in Laguna has an authentic link to Jose Rizal, the Philippine national hero. It was in Dapitan where Dr. Rizal was exiled when Jose Caancan, a woodcarver from Paete, sought him out to learn woodcarving.
Jose Caancan returned to Paete armed with teachings from the exiled Rizal and later helped create the Rizal Monument at Paete town plaza in 1903, one of the first monuments in honor of Rizal predated by the Rizal Monument in Daet Camarines Norte by a few years.
Every year on the eve of Rizal Day (December 29), the Miss Rizal Day celebration is held at the town plaza, followed by wreath laying ceremony at the Rizal monument early the morning of December 30, and capped by a parade that winds around the narrow streets of Paete with students, senior citizens and other organizations supported with colorful floats of candidates...
herewith are just some of the photos:
Tutubi wasn't able to document the wreath laying ceremony at the Rizal monument due to his laziness to get up early on the cold December morning. :P