Like other towns in Laguna, Nagcarlan is one of the most underrated places in the Philippines. Being home to several heritage and nature sites, this town ought to be on the backpacker’s list of places to visit. Home to warm and hospitable people, you’ll have no trouble befriending the locals.
Nagcarlan boasts of being home to one of the Philippines’ oldest churches. The Nagcarlan Church, formally known as the San Bartolome Apostol Parish Church, is a baroque-style church, built in the 1500’s, and is still standing tall and grand. Fun fact, this was the church where Kampanerang Kuba was shot back in the early 2000’s.
Another heritage site you can visit is the only one of its kind in the entire country — the underground cemetery. Made in the 1840’s, the cemetery houses several of the locals’ ancestors. The place is rustic and has that feel that you’re traveling back in time. The upper grounds of the cemetery were for the public while the catacombs were for the elites and the Spanish friars.
Other places you can visit are the Nagcarlan Municipal Hall and the Poblacion. These two structures were also built during the Spanish Colonial Period and having been witnesses to Nagcarlan’s history throughout the years, these two are worth visiting.
Aside from those historical sites, Nagcarlan is also home to the Bunga Falls. It has twin falls so it’s double the fun. It’s not that tall but it’s beautiful just the same. Surrounded by greenery and nature, this place is perfect if you just want to swim around and idly stare at the sky, with the sounds of nature around you. The locals have this belief that there are creatures who live underneath the falls and that outsiders get pulled down and drowned. Despite being already told this folklore, the visitors still excitedly jump in the pool of cold water.
Nagcarlan has more hidden gems and now it’s up to you whether you want to discover them.
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