A town often overlooked, Nagcarlan may not be as famous as its neighbors San Pablo and Majayjay, but its tourism is charmed with historical Spanish structures and natural twin falls, equally beautiful to the rest of Laguna‘s hidden wonders.
May 7, 2016 — After a wonderful experience in Hulugan Falls, we went for a road trip passing by Kamay ni Hesus in Lucban, Quezon and a stop at Nagcarlan Church and Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery.
San Bartolome Apostol Parish Church
It felt like we had a quick Visita Iglesia, passing by Kamay ni Hesus, San Isidro Church, Majayjay Church and our destination, the San Bartolome Apostol Parish Church (aka Nagcarlan Church). The facade of the church embodies the Baroque style. The colors of the red bricks and the gray stones added a rustic charm to its design. I felt like I was back in the 1700s! The church was one of the settings used in the 1970’s movie “Kampanerang Kuba” starring Vilma Santos. It was also the same church that was featured in the teleserye remake of the same film starring Anne Curtis in 2005. After the quick appreciation of the church, we walked 10 minutes going to Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery.
Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery
In 1978, the Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery was declared a national historical landmark by the National Historical Institute. Aside from the fact that it was used as a crypt, it also served as a hiding place for Filipino revolutionaries in 1896 where they held their meetings and formulated their strategies for the Filipino-American War. Back then, funeral masses were conducted in this chapel before the coffins are placed underground. Entering the cemetery part sent me goosebumps. The graveyard is at 15 feet below the church, and people who are buried here are elite Catholic families back in the late 1800s. The Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery is only a 10-minute walk away from Nagcarlan Church. From 10 AM to 5 PM, this historical attraction is open for tourists who would like to revisit the past. Lastly, there are no fees required to enter.
It may have been a quick tour around the town center of Nagcarlan, but it sure brought us a glimpse of history.