Dubbed as the only of its kind in the Philippines, the Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery in Barangay Bambang, Nagcarlan, Laguna is a National Historical Landmark with a underground burial chamber 15 ft. beneath the chapel. It has only 36 tombs exclusive for friars and prominent citizens from the elite families of the town.
Standing tall and proud since 1615, St. Jerome Church or Iglesia de San Geronimo or simply Morong Church is one of the Spanish churches that the province of Rizal is very proud of. With its very unique façade, every visitor of this famed church will fall in love to it instantly.
While it being of neo-baroque architecture, influence of Chinese craftsmen who were part of the construction of this magnificent landmark is very evident. To name a few are the two lion sculptures in the church’s entrance and the octagonal shape of its bell tower.
Although I have not done my research yet if this is the only church in the country of this design, its bell tower also serves as its façade or main entrance to the church, directing to the aisle up to the altar. On top of the three-storey bell tower is a cross with its light glowing at night which also serves as a lighthouse for local fishermen in the nearby areas.