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Heebie-jeebies NAGCARLAN: Twin Bunga Falls + Underground Cemetery

The first time I’ve been inside a cemetery was when I was in college. I used to be scared whenever our car passes a cemetery hey, I was a kid then. Kids are afraid of ghosts okay!  I’m scared with the cemetery itself but can’t help not to look at the tombs and mausoleums. Lately, I’m becoming more and more fascinated with ’em – don’t ask me why, idk either.

– a side trip-

Twin Bunga Falls

Before going inside the Cemetery, we decided to drop by to a nearby falls to pass up time since we’re still waiting for some friends who were still shopping in Liliw. It was around 2PM and the sun was scorching hot. Heat stroke? No thanks.

Twin Bunga Falls

Entrance is 5 pesos/head. Upon entering, we were warned to be extra careful in swimming since there’s a very deep part in the middle. We stayed in one of the stilts built around the area to pass time until we decided that the sun won’t barbecue us anymore.

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Underground Cemetery

“The Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery in Laguna is the only one of its kind in the Philippines – it is a burial site located inside, or more accurately, beneath a church. This church is rich in history – it was built and designed for funeral mass in 1845 by the Franciscan priest Fr. Vicente Velloc. He also directed the construction of an underground graveyard 15 feet below the church. ”

 

Nagcarlan Underground CemeteryAn arched gate leads to the chapel built into the cemetery’s inner wall.  This historical landmark serves as a fine example of a Spanish colonial architecture.

Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery

DSC_3230The final internment was in 1982, the same year it was declared a national historical landmark.

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The chapel served as the last station of the funeral rites before entombment.

Those planks of wood above are original pieces of the chapel’s ceiling.

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Some people with third eye (my godfather, for one) who have been there claims that there’s a “bantay” or a guard standing in that post.

[UPDATE]: When my grandmother learnt that we went to this Underground Cemetery, she scolded us not to go again. Apparently, she is aware that there’s a “bantay” too. According to her, the bantay sometimes go with you.. and when he touches you, expect sickness or something weird to happen.  — Thinking about it, the bantay might be the one responsible for our friend feeling really weird and sick right after. Nabati in short. Who knows.

It was a really hot and humid kind of day but once you set foot inside the underground cemetery, the temperature changes. It’s quite cool down under, a heebie-jeebies moment. And no, not because of the “bantay”…. I hope.

DSC_3218The interior.

Throughout the Revolution of 1896 and the Filipino-American War, our revolutionary leaders used the crypt as a secret gathering place.  It also served as the guerrillas’ safe-house during the World War II.

DSC_3213Some local “trivia” says that one of the tombs here hides a secret passage way.

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We chanced upon an old lady (I’m positive she’s a real person) who happened to be the caretaker of the famed underground cemetery. I asked her about the “trivia” that says that the underground cemetery is connected to the church by an underground tunnel and one of the tombs serving as the secret door. She just laughed and brushed off the thought as such stories are just hearsay and that there’s no evidence and explorations done supporting the “trivia”.

Being only one of its kind in the Philippines, you should definitely not miss this. If you’re on your way to Liliw, Majayjay, San Pablo or Pagsanjan , try dropping by the Underground Cemetery in Nagcarlan. You’ll pass it anyway. ; )

The Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery Historical Landmark open for public viewing from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday.

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20 responses

  1. wow…wish I knew about this when I lived in the PI!Went to Pagsanjan a few times but did not know…. Sayang!

    October 18, 2013 at 4:01 am

    • Sir, it’s never too late to come and visit. Sabi nga nla, it’s more fun in the Philippines! 😀

      October 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm

  2. ganda ng twin falls 🙂

    October 21, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    • Naku po, sana mabisita ninyo ang Tinago falls sa Iligan, Aliwagwag Falls sa Davao Oriental, at Asik-Asik falls sa North Cotabato.. very postcard worthy! 🙂

      October 21, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      • Wow thanks for the recommendations. Hopefully makapagtravel travel din kapag may time (at pera) next year.

        October 22, 2013 at 12:08 am

  3. lalalaguna! 😀

    October 22, 2013 at 9:20 am

  4. too bad the “bantay” did not show up in the picture. I love the story and the cemetery. I wish I would be able to visit to see this one of a kind place.

    October 27, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    • Thinking about “bantays” showing up on pictures… I think I snapped one during a different trip. I was inside a cave with a stone chapel in it. Quite interesting. And creepy.

      October 27, 2013 at 8:34 pm

  5. Where exactly is this place ? We’re going on vacation in June.

    March 25, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    • This is in Nagcarlan, Laguna. Where do you plan on going? 🙂

      March 25, 2014 at 9:26 pm

      • I don’t know… yet… but I can tell my mother about these places. Definitely Boracay.. we have a vaction house there.

        March 26, 2014 at 12:36 am

      • Ooh lucky! Check out if you can visit Camiguin as well. Nice place.

        March 26, 2014 at 10:23 am

  6. aksidente lang napunta kami after nmin maakyat ang Mt. Mabilog ang nakakdismaya lang jan ang ingay dahil sa videoke na sabay sabay nagkakantahan prang nasisira yung ambiance ng lugar na dapat tahimik dahil nature… pero maganda yung falls…

    March 27, 2014 at 8:17 am

    • Agree. Pati yung basura. Yung iba kasi basta nalang iiwanan yung kalat nila. :\ Anyway, salamat sa pagbisita!

      March 27, 2014 at 9:31 am

  7. Amazing photos! You make me want to go back to the Philippines someday!

    March 27, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    • Ooh thanks 🙂 where have you been before?

      March 28, 2014 at 9:14 am

      • Just to Manila and Anilao but there is so much more!

        March 28, 2014 at 11:55 pm

      • Visit the Philippines again! 🙂

        March 30, 2014 at 3:52 pm

  8. Amazing post! Great shots! Thank you! 🙂

    April 3, 2014 at 11:14 am

  9. Pingback: Heebie-jeebies NAGCARLAN| Twin Bunga Falls | Underground Cemetery | Journey Of A Nifty Day Trader

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