It may be the only one of its kind in the Philippines - an underground cemetery, a crypt located under a small chapel in the town of Nagcarlan.
It was build by the Franciscans during the mid-1800s. A Franciscan friar by the name of Fr. Vicente Velloc oversaw the design and construction of the small chapel as well as the crypt some 15 feet below.
Going down the stairs one can't help but get that eerie feeling.
A damp and dark chamber with a couple of light bulbs glowing in one end greets the visitor to the crypt. I could image how it could have felt like in the old days when there was no electricity yet and folks would use candles.
We were trying to keep our voices down, trying not too make such a racket while we were taking photos. The silence added to the eeriness.
We were taking our sweet time and stayed down after some of the visitors already went back up. The caretaker probably thought nobody's down in the crypt anymore that he turned off the light.
With such a small crypt its but natural that no new "tenants" are added. The caretaker said only the elite of the town are buried here, and some of the tombs dates back to the late 1800s.
Historians said that the crypt was used by the Filipino Katipuneros (revolutionaries during the Spanish rule) as well as the guerilla fighters during the Second World War for secret meetings or as a place to seek refuge.
Today the underground cemetery is considered as a National Landmark and is being maintained by the National Historical Institute.