The underground cemetery of Nagcarlan is identified by the National Historical Institute of the Philippines as the only one of its kind in the country. It was built by the Franciscan missionaries in 1845.

The cemetery was used as the secret meeting place of the leaders of the Filipino revolutionaries in Laguna during the Philippine Revolution against the Spanish regime in the late 1800s.

The cemetery was declared a National Historical Landmark through Presidential Decree 260 in August 1, 1973.



“Penitensiya” is a local rite that is normaly done during Good Friday. This is done in various ways but the most common is Pasan Krus (carrying of the cross) and self flogging, wherein the penitent walks the streets bare chested and barefooted whipping their backs until it is bloody.

Devotees believe that these rites help cleanse them of the sins they gave committed during the past year, cure illnesses and even grant their wishes.





The “Dambana ng Kagitingan” or the Shrine of Valor is a monument, one of the many memorials/monuments in Bataan, built to honor the gallantry of the Filipinos who fought during World War II.  The Memorial Cross, located in Mount Samat, is a towering structure (555 meters above sea level) of steel and reinforced concrete with an elevator and viewing gallery  at the arm of the cross.

source: http://www.bataan.gov.ph/ragingpeninsula/dambana.html


An open-air museum of Philippine customs and traditions  where the 18th to early 20th century typical community of the Philippines is replicated. It is a theme park of old houses and provides its visitors a window to the past. It showcases restored Noble class mansions, Houses of Stone  or Bahay na Bato and Wooden Stilt  houses from various places in the Philippines. Most of these houses were salvaged from neglect and were once  old and decaying architectural  pieces of a bygone era that were slowly fading into the background of modern urban development. It is also a showcase of Filipino talent, ingenuity and craftsmanship, both of the original builders and restorers.

“Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar takes pride in the past… And keeps its hope for the future.” – http://lascasasfilipinas.com