I am very much fascinated with old places and structures that has historical or cultural significance, from heritage towns, old churches, colonial houses, to lighthouses. You’ll surely be captivated by their old world charm. Upon watching Kara David’s i-Witness documentary tracing some of the bridges built during the Spanish occupation period, I instantly fell in love with these structures and felt the urge to visit them. I already visited Puente del Capricho or Tulay Pigue found in Majayjay, Laguna few years ago, which has a very interesting story. But what I considered the climax of this Spanish bridge journey is my visit to the longest and one of the oldest bridges built in the Philippines during the Spanish colonial era – the Puente de Malagonlong found in Tayabas, Quezon Province.
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.