May 26, 2013, Sunday
My first travel alone!
NAGCARLAN, Laguna -- From the gimik last night, I got home at almost 2AM (that was so late!!) eventhough I know that I have to wake up early for my weekend escape. Weeks before, I set up my mind and my self to my trip going to Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery in the Province of Laguna. I supposed to be with Dewi (an outdoor buddy) but unfortunately she wasn't able to proceed because she's not feeling well. However, that doesn't stopped me from pursuing this travel. I know in my part, I was also considering to cancel it because I'm not used to travel all by my self. Parang ang boring lang kasi and I feel pity to my self!!!
I woke up as early as 6 AM, to prepare everything (camera, chicha, and water to drink) and leave at 7 AM.
I was at the Jacliner bus terminal at 8 AM and departed at exact 9 AM. Hindi ganun kadami ang pasahero that's why I had a convenient travel going in San Pablo City, Laguna (the city of seven lakes). The bus fare is P125. (still affordable)
|San Pablo City Church. It is under renovation that time. The dome of the church quite resembles the dome of Saint Paul's Cathedral designed by Sir Christopher Wren.|
10AM , I reached the city. I've been in Nagcarlan during my college days, when we were tasked to conduct studies of such Town/Cities for possible future development. We prefer Sta. Cruz Laguna , the provinces' Capital and stayed in our classmate's house in Nagcarlan. Sta. Cruz is an Hour jeepney ride from Nagcarlan.
Usual scene of the National Road.
The Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery in Laguna is the only one of its kind in the Philippines - it is a burial site located inside, or more accurately, beneath a church. This church is rich in history - it was built and designed for funeral mass in 1845 by the Franciscan priest Fr. Vicente Velloc. He also directed the construction of an underground graveyard 15 feet below the church
The main gate of the cemetery. Cladd with baked bricks.
The cemetery is open from Tuesday to Sunday at 8:00AM up to 5PM
The cemetery was declared as National Historical Treasure by National Historical Commission of the Philippines because its underground crypt was used as a secret meeting place in 1896 by Filipino revolutionaries or Katipuneros, members of the KKK. During the Filipino-American War, Filipino patriots also used the underground cemetery to formulate their battle plans and to seek shelter. It also became a safehouse for Filipino guerillas during World War II. There is no famous hero buried here but perhaps, it is enough that we pay our respects to this place where our nameless heroes and patriots sought sanctuary.
The cemetery Resembles the Paco Cemetry of Manila, but a bit smaller. The tombs were at the walls of the park. And there's a Chapel at t he mid end of it.
Tombs at Nagcarlan Cemetery.
The Chapel. This is were mass held or the last destination of the dead before putting inside the
So dark!!! The are area were only lighted with daylight and incandescent bulb at the corners. Also there is natural light seeping on the wall opening. Sori di ko na-set up yung lighting ng Camera ko.
Creepy!!! I was alone when I went inside the underground. The temperature dropped that moment and I felt like someone was staring at me. I even failed to land my feet on the floor 'cause I was so afraid until there's a group who went inside. I joined them and took photos inside. No camera flash were allowed while catching pictures.
Stairways descending to underground tomb .
Cross Barrel/Arch. You would see this on the ceiling of the underground cemetery together a faded Trom Leoi'l Painting.
Archways going down at the underground.
Stairways view from the Chapel.
Altar of the Chapel.
Wooden door of the Chapel
Nagcarlan Town Hall.
After my stay in the cemetery. (low battery na rin cam ko!!) I didn't missed to go around the town proper and look for other place to visit. And my feet brought me to San Bartolome/Nagcarlang Church.
San Bartolome Church.
For some trivia, the locals said that the church is connected to the underground cemetery by an underground tunnel that serves as an escape way. One of the tomb serves as the door. Up until now there is no exploration done yet. This is not the lone case that a certain important structure is connected to a church. (i.e. Aguinaldo Shrine is speculated to be connected to Kawit Cavite Church)
Inside the Church.
The Church's Retablo.
Ofcourse I treated my self with a delicious lunch meal. Chicksilog!!
At 1PM I'm ready for my side trip. To Bunga Falls. Thanks to Kuya (forgot to ask his name, owner of the restaurant where i dine in!) who helped me to pick up tricycle going to Bunga Falls.
Minor Road going to Bunga Falls.
Bunga Falls. In just 15 minutes away from the town proper, you can reach the falls. Evidently, the place was exposed to commercialization. Numbers of tourist flocked in to this place and really very much accessible that's why the serenity is disturbed.
Well, I find not enjoying to swim in the water because of lot of people. So I decided to go back in the town.
At 2:00 PM, I hopped on bus heading to Manila , I thought I would do standing in the bus but luckily, I got a seat and good thing that it was raining that makes my travel not so hot.
Overall, I found my self enjoyed and as history buff, it sparked up my love of country further.
I reached Manila at 5PM. Hindi naman pala ganun kalungkot magtravel mag-isa. Mabilis lang yung magiging biyahe mo and you have nothing to worry for during travel. Though, expenses will be a bit higher. I've got a lot to discover historical landmarks like lighthouses and other colonial buildings. My next stop, Quezon's colonial bridges. I will try to invite companions on this travel but traveling alone again is in my option!!!
P16.00 (2 jeepney rides) - From our house to Buendia
P125.00 - bus fare (aircondition) going San Pablo
P20.00 - tricycle going to jeepney terminal
P25.00 - jeepney going to Nagcarlan
P100.00 - tricycle going Bunga Falls (back and fort)
P110.00 - bus fare (ordinary) going Manila
P16.00 - (2 jeepney rides) - from Buendia to our House
P60.00 - Lunch Meal (chicksilog)
P30.00 - Chocolate Shake
Total of P502.00 (sulit na sulit!!)