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Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery, Laguna Province

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Cemetery Landmark
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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  • While touring Laguna province we decided to go see the underground cemetery at Nagcarlin. It was said to have been used by Filipino conspirators against the Spanish, which I found amazing as the place...  more »
  • There are no fees so please make a donation. Make sure to visit the place on a not rainy day, the place is a haven for picture junkies like me. I visited the place 6 times already but I the place neve...  more »
  • Was driving along the road when the beautiful gates and grounds of this place made me slow down and park at the gas station across it (the cemetery itself had no parking space). The grounds were lovel...  more »
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  • Very historic in nature. The underground cemetery is well lit and maintained by the caretaker. There's a souvenir table in front of the chapel. Very interesting place to visit. The place itself spoke of the past.
  • The place was preserved for new generations to appreciate its historical significance. It's a well maintained part of our history, with a very educational museum at the side of the front entrance of the underground cemetery.
  • A historic cemetery, this place offers a good historic vibe perfect for those who loved the history of the Philippine Revolution. However, little can be done here. You can visit the tomb but there are little to be seen there.
  • If you love ghost hunting activity , catacomb underground cemetery is one of the best choice to go.
  • Historical tour around Laguna is never complete without visiting the underground cemetery of Nagcarlan. I am happy that NHI was able to restore and preserve this historical site even though vandalism is present in the area. It's just sad that some people do not care about this national treasure.

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