Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery
Nagcarlan Liliw Rd., Nagcarlan, Laguna
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My family joined a Visita Iglesia tour years back... The tour took us to seven interesting churches around Laguna, complete with lunch and a tour guide... Being part of the tour helped with the hassle of traffic and the tour guide gave us a great history lesson for each of the places we visited...
We visited the churches in Liliw, Pakil, Pangil and Paete (which is another one with a very interesting history)... But the one that stood out the most was the Nagcarlan Underground cemetary... Built in 1845, it is the only underground cemetary in the Philippines... It lies within the 2-hectare church grounds, thru the beautiful arch and the walkway flanked by freshly cut grass... There is an altar at ground level, which is not as grand as that of other churches... It may be a church, but exploring the bowels of this structure will remind you that it is actually a cemetary...
As you descend into the catacombs, you will see another altar, lit only by candles... The place looked eerie, as the light sometimes flickered and played tricks before our eyes... Chills went down my spine as I realized that the last rites of the dearly departed were said at that very altar before the burial... While at this spot, you will be surrounded by 200 or so niches... Definitely not for the claustrophobic...
I tried to imagine the Katipuneros holding secret meetings here a lifetime ago... The shadows and the darkness cloaked these subversive meetings filled with thoughts of freedom from the shackles of Spain... This is the very reason why this cemetary was declared as a national monument...
It has gone thru restorations to reinforce the structure, but they have stayed true to the original design... I hope that it will stand strong for future generations to enjoy...
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Visiting this place was really unplanned. It was just a boring day so I texted some of my friends to go on a road trip.
At first, we're talking and discussing where to go, until we decided to take South Luzon places like Laguna and my hometown Batangas.
After hours of driving, finally we reached our first destination,the Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery.This cemetery in Nagcarlan was built in 1845 under the supervisioned of Franciscan Priest named Fr.Vicente Villoc. This 1 hectare underground cemetery with 276 total number of niches said to be one the country's underground cemeteries. I admit I'm not a Catholic but I'm open to know more about other religions and respect what they believe in.
The caretaker was with us to explain about the past and history, and we're like traveling back to "Kupong Kupong days" After entering the underground chamber, I felt the creepiness of the place. I opened my phone for photo op and recorded a video, so sad nothing showed up It was indeed a very informative visit. I always say this, what we have today, we owe it from the past
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i think the place is well preserved.
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While not necessary in San Pablo, it's just a 30 minute drive from downtown. Maybe 15 minutes from Lake Pandin. So for you history buffs it's a nice stopover. Worth the trip out for the history, anyway.
Being one of the only underground cemeteries in the county, it's definitely an interesting sight. The underground crypt is only lit by candles. You can check out each of the tombs which a Spanish friar has made his final resting spot. Originally constructed in 1845, it's survived it's fair share of this country's conflict ridden past. Its architecture sparks a resemblance to Intramuros, reminding you just how widespread the Spanish rule was in this country.
They also say this place is haunted, although with my own sorted history with things of the paranormal, I chose not to stick around too long to find out.
All in all if history is your thing, and you're in the area, check it out. I wouldn't necessarily plan a trip just for this place, since you've seen all there is to see in about 10 minutes.
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I loved it.
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