NAGCARLAN UNDERGROUND CEMETERY
After a failed sunrise shoot and visit to Japanese Garden in Caliraya, Laguna, we went to Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery. It is situated along Nagcarlan-Rizal road in front of Shell Gasoline Station. It was actually my third time here but I really wanted to go back to shoot again since I don’t have a wide lens during my first visit and lost my photo files during the second.
Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery is an example of Spanish Colonial Architecture. Built in 1845 by Franciscan priest, Father Vicente Belloc.In 1973, the Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery was declared as a National Historical Landmark because its underground crypt was used as a secret meeting place by Filipino revolutionaries.
The entrance of the vicinity is arched shape made of old bricks with iron gate grills. The pathway that leads to the chapel is also made of bricks with well-maintained lawn on its sides.Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery reminds me of Paco Park in Manila, with piled tombs circling the area and a small chapel in the middle.
Upon entering the chapel’s wooden door, you will see the centerpiece image of Santo Sepulcro. No entrance fee will be collected but donation is very much welcome. Visitors are also encourage to register their name and personal details in the logbook.
Under the chapel is a crypt where the niches are located. Photography is allowed inside but the use of flash is prohibited. As for me, I always have my tripod for long exposure photography. Students are the frequent visitors, while other tourists visit here for curiosity.
The Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery is maintained by National Historical Commission of the Philippines and is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday between 8 am-4 pm.