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.
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.
“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. ”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Traffic and curiosity about their widely advertised Bed&Breakfast (not to mention the placards placed in almost every corner of Tagaytay City) brought me in The Puzzle Mansion.
I kinda thought the place has a life-size labyrinth. Since traffic was terrible, we decided to follow the route in the secondary road (near Mahogany Market) then followed the directions going to The Puzzle Mansion. And boy was it steep and far! (via the second/tertiary road)
Since it was about 5kms away from the main road, I guess they offer a shuttle service for those who will be staying overnight. Cool jeep, btw.
Upon entering, the inn is on the left side while the gallery is on the right.
The Puzzle Mansion holds one of the largest collection of puzzles made by a single person which makes the owner a record-holder of The World’s Largest Jigsaw Puzzle Collection from The Guinness World Records. To enter the gallery, you have to pay Php 100 /head. The ticket guy said we were lucky since the puzzle collector is at the gallery.
So the ticket guy wasn’t kidding, we saw Ms. Gina Gil Lacuna holding her record title. I asked her if she did everything in the room and she said yes and that she started her collection late 1980’s. I forgot the exact date. My note got deleted. ANYWAY. Every puzzle in the room was labeled with its details. On our background is her Puzzle no.51, which I think is by far the biggest puzzle in the gallery.
Have a look:
||| Puzzle no. 51
No. of pieces: 18,000
Artist: R. Van Der Weyden
Completion Time: 1095 hours
Dimension: 321cm x 156cm
Origin: Spain |||
(I failed to find Puzzle no. 1 -___- )
The total collection is made up of 1,028 puzzles (as of their last official count) in different styles, sizes and dimension. Check out the others:
They also have puzzles for you to try on:
They also sell customized puzzles like PNoy over here:
Over all, The Puzzle Mansion is wort your visit, but not something I would go back for again and again. Don’t get me wrong, their ambiance is totally good and the place is really unique. It’s just that it’s quite far and there’s nothing else to do in the place (except for their bed&breakfast, pool, and a “horse-back ride in a pony in their parking lot). But do give this place a try and tell me what you think. 🙂
Orayt. Time for lunch!