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San Pedro de Alcantara Church

The first community of Pakil was organized and founded by Fr. Pedro Bautista (later canonized as a saint, San Pedro Bautista) in 1588 and he designated a place for the church and plaza in Pakil. Back then, Pakil was a visita of Paete until 1676 when Fr. Francisco de Barajas was assigned as permanent minister […]

Pakil, Through the Eyes of a Balikbayan

Note: This was written by the author for a newsletter (?) back in 2001. Pakil, Laguna is a small provincial town, in a small corner of the Philippines, which is a small island in a small corner of the world. The town is so small, quiet, and unobtrusive that it’d really be quite easy to […]

Who is General Cailles?

The General Cailles Memorial District Hospital in Tavera Street, Pakil is one of the first hospitals established in Laguna. It was built in 1957 under the watch of Dr. Jose Kamatoy who was at that time the head of the Laguna Provincial Hospital in Sta. Cruz. But who is General Cailles?

Saint Peter of Alcantara

Peter was born in the town of Alcantara, province of Caceres in Spain in the year 1499. His father was the governor of Alcantara, while his mother was from the Sanabia family which was one of the noble families in Alcantara. Upon completing his course in grammar and philosophy in Alcantara, he went on to […]

Turumba Festival

During the months of April and May, the town of Pakil celebrates the Turumba Festival. The festival commemorates the seven sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is the reason why festivities are held 7 times between the months of April and May. The first is held on the Friday before Palm Sunday. Succeeding events […]