Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery

I have always wanted to visit the Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery after reading about it on a blog. They visited one of the Laguna lakes and then went here as a side trip.  Since we were already in Liliw, and Nagcarlan was already the next town, I insisted that we go for a short visit even though it was almost 4pm.  It was a good thing that we made it on time to see a national historical landmark, which is the only one of its kind in the Philippines! 

The cemetery was built in 1845 by Father Vicente Velloc. There is a chapel and the underground cemetery used to be a burial place for elite Catholic families and prominent personalities. It was also used as a meeting place during the Philippine American Revolution. (more info here and here).

The place is beautiful and peaceful.  The circular cemetery sits on a one-hectare property and during our visit, there were kids playing and flying kites inside the grounds.
There is also a chapel where the last rites for the dead was performed.  Two flights down, the underground cemetery consist of tombs on the four walls, some dating back a hundred years ago. The cemetery was declared as a national heritage site in 1978.

Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery is open from 8am to 4pm, Tuesdays to Sundays.  No entrance fee, but you have to sign on the logbook.

The place is very well-preserved. Can you imagine how it look like in 1840's? Oh, the history that this place must have witnessed! 

How to get here: 
The underground cemetery is located at Brgy Bambang in Nagcarlan, Laguna. 
You will pass it by going to Nagcarlan and there is a Shell Station in front where you can park your car.

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