It is a 4th class municipality in the province of Laguna, Philippines.
According to the latest census, it has a population of 24,696 people in 5,101 households.
The town, pronounced PÄ«-té, long i, short guttural ê, is located at the northeastern part of Laguna
, along the shores of picturesque Laguna de Bay
. It was founded in 1580 by Spanish friars Juan de Placencia and Diego de Oropesa of the Franciscan Order. It is believed that the earliest inhabitants were of Malay lineage, coming all the way from Borneo in their swift and sturdy boats called "Balangay". The town is made famous by craftsmen highly skilled in woodcarving and its embellishment.
Paete's town fiesta is held on July 25, the feast of St. James the Great, Apostle and Martyr ( his complete title). In Spanish he is known as "Santiago Mayor, Apostol y Martir."