Woodcarving is the main industry in Paete, Laguna. Skilled craftsmen and artisans have practiced woodcarving in Paete since the Spanish times, so that their products have primarily religious themes.
Interestingly, a woodcarving of Marilyn Monroe (famous Hollywood actress in the 1950s) is among the religious items on display.
Nowadays, woodcrafts with modern themes can be found in Paete. Cartoon characters (Mickey Mouse, Winnie the Pooh, Power Puff Girls, etc.) carved in baskets, tissue holders, chairs and tables are sold in stores. Since we came to Paete during the Christmas season, Santa Claus decorative items can be found everywhere. There was also one store that sold "under-the-sea" themed items.
Furnitures made from wood, such as rocking chairs and sala sets, can also be purchased here. But orders must be placed to ensure availability.