Nagcarlan Church and Underground Cemetery

Maybe not as grandiose as other churches you’ll see, Nagcarlan Church is still a must-visit place with the unique inclusion of its underground cemetery plus the rich history it embodies.

Liliw’s Shops

Arriving at the streets of Liliw, we were greeted by numerous stores selling a variety of different “tsinelas” (slippers/shoes) for both men and women.

Price of ladies’ shoes range from PHP 250 – PHP 500. Men’s shoes can be bought at around PHP 500.

There are also some slippers that can be bought for PHP 100 for three pairs already. If you are to buy a number of pairs, you can actually ask for discounts or if reselling, you can buy in bulk at wholesale prices.

St. John the Baptist Church

Aside from tsinelas shopping, we also visited Liliw’s St. John the Baptist Church. Built around 1605, history can attest to the many disasters the church had been through. In 1880, it was heavily damaged by an earthquake and in 1898, it was partly burned.

Today, John the Baptist Church is one of the beautiful baroque-style churches in the Philippines. Made up of red bricks, it is also popularly known as the “red brick church”. Beautiful as it is in the outside, its interiors are astonishing as well. As part of the church’s reconstruction, almost everything inside are new, from the benches to the altar.

Nagcarlan Church and Underground Cemetery

Maybe not as grandiose as other churches you’ll see, Nagcarlan Church is still a must-visit place with the unique inclusion of its underground cemetery plus the rich history it embodies.

Entering the gate, you can already sight numerous tombs at the walls surrounding the entire place. The church was built in 1845 to hold funeral masses. Today, the church no longer holds masses except for important occasions being observed in the Catholic calendar.

The underground graveyard was constructed 15ft below the church. The National Historical Institute declared the underground cemetery as a national historical landmark in 1978. It served as a secret meeting place and shelter house for Filipino revolutionaries before.

You have to log your name at the guest book near the entrance of the church. You will then be greeted by the caretaker who will give a short history of the place. You can also ask her if you have questions. After the brief background given to us, we were led to the door going to the underground cemetery.

Upon reaching the cemetery, we saw a few tombs as the space is small. As we were told, members of the elite Filipino families were the ones buried here.

Admission Fee and Other Info

Admission Fee: Free
Operating Hours: Tues – Sun: 8AM to 4PM

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