about fifteen feet below lies the crypt containing 36 niches buried during the Spanish times. it was cold down there maybe because it was drizzling when we were there.i went along with Theonoski who drive us all the way from Alabang to Nagcarlan Laguna. we were eight in the group including Orlan who usually joins me on my trips. we had a stopover in the town of San Pablo, which i featured before.upon reaching Nagcarlan, we had a hard time to look for a parking lot since the road right infront of the site's entrance is quite narrow. we then parked inside the town's municipal hall parking lot which is just a walk away from the cemetery.the site is well maintained with the ground lawn forming a beautiful landscape surrounded by a wall. from that perspective, it looked more like a park than a cemetery.240 niches can be seen beside the chapel's wall. people buried there were mostly residents of the town of Nagcarlan during the Spanish era until the early 80s.straight infront of the gate stands a small chapel where the last rites are being held. we were welcomed by the site's curator who first discussed to us the historical background of the cemetery. the curator of the site is a representative of the National Historical Institute of the Philippines, who currently manages this site. Though it is still owned by the Catholic church.upon entering the chapel, an altar can first be seen and a ceiling partly restored with pieces of woods attached on top. the floor tiles are still intact and on one side a stairway can be seen.we were allowed to take photos as long as we don't publish them for profit. several steps down leads to a crypt with a limited light source on its pillars. in this area, we were not allowed to use flash as instructed.according to her, the ones buried down there were mostly Franciscan Spanish priests and some high officials. the first to be buried there was dated 1886 and as a respect, i made sure to pray for the souls of the ones buried there.this tomb during the revolutionary times was used as a secret hideout making this place a historical site. that's why this is now declared as a national historical landmark.[what you shouldn't miss there]>>> to visit the crypt, which contains 36niches. a prayer offered to the bodies buried there will be good. the site's curator is really good in terms of service and knowledge about the underground cemetery.
[why i should go back] >>> to make a detailed research of its historical background.trip rate:
road quality: 3.5
historical site: 4.0
historical significance: 4.5
note: it is open to the public from Tuesdays to Saturday's 8:30pm and 5:00pm.