This Flashback Friday, I am going to write about one of my out-of-town-trips-taken-on-a-whim with my friend John. We drove to Laguna to visit two specific places — Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery and Liliw Church. Along the way, we stopped at a restaurant that served exotic dishes with wild boar, snakes and crocodiles, doubted ourselves when we found ourselves in the middle of a long and winding road with thick trees on either side with only a map as our guide, and I almost did not go inside Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery.
Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery
Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery, the only underground cemetery in the Philippines, is a National Historical Landmark. It was built in 1845 under the guidance of Franciscan priest, Fr. Vicente Velloc. In its one hectare area stood 276 niches, with the common people occupying the 240 niches above ground and the remaining 36 niches underground reserved for the friars, devout Catholics and local elite.
The baroque cemetery did not only serve its purpose for those who can no longer speak, it also helped the living at that time. Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery was a meeting place and hideout of the Filipino revolutionary leaders and guerillas during the the struggle for Philippine independence against Spain, the Philippine-American War and World War II.
Liliw Church or Saint John the Baptist Church is one of the most beautiful red brick edifices I have seen. I grew up attending mass in another red-bricked façade church in Iloilo, and red bricks and old churches have always fascinated me. So I digress. The current Liliw Church was built in 1643 and was completed three years later.
Along the Way
Photos on this entry are by John.