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Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery, Laguna Province

Categories: Cemeteries, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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The Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery is a national historical landmark and museum in Barangay Bambang, Nagcarlan, Laguna supervised by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines. It was built in 1845 under the supervision of Franciscan priest, Fr. Vicente Velloc as a public burial site and its underground crypt exclusively for Spanish friars, prominent town citizens and members of elite Catholic families. It is dubbed as the only underground cemetery in the country.HistoryEstablishment of the Underground CemeteryFr. Vicente Velloc supervised the establishment of a cemetery in Nagcarlan in 1845 below Mt. San Cristobal. Unlike the traditional Spanish cemeteries at that time, Fr. Velloc decided to build it away from the town's center. The cemetery is planned to serve as a public resting place for the people of the town while the underground chamber below the chapel of the cemetery will only house remains of Spanish friars and prominent people. It was built together with the construction of the expanded St. Bartholomew Parish Church and rectory. The cemetery is built with a chapel where funeral masses was held and directly below it is an underground crypt.As Meeting Place during the RevolutionDuring the Philippine Revolution, the cemetery served as a meeting place of revolutionary leaders of the Katipunan in 1896. Pedro Paterno and Gen. Severino TaiƱo of the "Maluningning" command held a meeting at the cemetery where they planned the historic Pact of Biak-na-Bato in 1897. It also served as hideout for Filipino leaders during the Philippine-American War and of guerillas in World War II.
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  • Astonished. Awestruck. That's my feeling when I arrived at the Cemetery. You wouldn't think that the place is a cemetery, it looks like a plaza. So clean well maintained. You wouldn't see any trash or...  read more »
  • Hesitant to come in since I was alone then but good thing there's a guard named 'Phillip' at the entrance where you can see the chapel. He's a nice person who offer assistance to guests especially tak...  read more »
  • the only underground cemetery in the Philippines which is located in Nagcarlan, Laguna. the cemetery can only be accessed through the chapel above. it used to be a secret meeting place, well now its n...  read more »
  • It's very very small inside, but it's cold underground. You'll notice that some of the people who are buried there lived for almost, or more than 100 years old. Quite fascinating.
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