5 Peculiar Cemeteries in the Philippines

Unusual cemeteries also became popular as tourist spots in every country. Every country has its own place to share to the world and make their own locality make known to others. As these places are not common and curiosity builds up to individuals who come and see, you will have an idea of how some countries celebrate and bury their loved ones as they prefer it.

Many of which are just under the ground in a hectare of land. Tombs are everywhere may it be elevated or not. These two are most likely how the people bury the dead. Let’s see few other ways, strange ways, and unique ways of how the Filipinos entombed the dead.

1. Sunken Cemetery in Camiguin

Wow! This is just wow! As you can see, tombs are under the sea. What particular reason do these locals have for burying it under the sea? How do they visit the dead? Swimming right under? Well, maybe. Here is the reason why. Since this island has had many volcanic eruptions in the past, there is no wonder why some sites are submerged in the sea. As what I have researched, Mt. Vulcan Daan erupted in the late 1800’s.

It was devastating so it covered a lot of land and it was continuously submerged. The cross that stands from afar signifies the cemetery underwater. It is best if you go there during afternoons so the water is shallow and you can dive in or go scuba diving to visit the dead! Make sure to swim back!

2. Hanging Coffins in Sagada

Located in the Mountain Province, Sagada is also known for its hanging coffins. This was practiced years before by the Ifugaos of the Cordillera. The coffins are nailed and placed in the cliff of Echo Valley.

Elevated and surrounded by green grass and trees, people go there and purposively see in their naked eyes these hanging coffins. Amazing and creative idea but I wonder how can they visit and light a candle during November right? Oh well, so much for that. The explanation for that is they believe the dead will go nearer to their ancestral spirits.

3. Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery

A revolutionary style cemetery in the province of Laguna. Lies six feet under the ground. Yes! 6 feet! Away from the town’s center, one of those secret and meeting places by the revolutionaries during the Philippine Revolution because of its unknown site and untraceable location.

It was declared as a National Historical Landmark in 1973. When you visit there, you can observe how old the cemetery is. Some corners are rusted and some structure of the walls are filled with dust.

4. Cemetery of Negativism

Situated in Camp John Hay in Baguio city. Cemetery of Negativism is also one of the tourist spots in the Baguio. A very unique way of burying the past that hurt, the negative ways, and releasing the bad energy as they say. You might actually think that the dead are buried here. No! What this cemetery wants to impose in each individual visiting the place is to bury a person’s self-imposed pain or might others want to consider, the bitterness they got in life.

The words carved in the so called tomb are hilarious stating what they want to bury in their lives. This will help in discharging all the negativeness and painful memories in one’s life. The epitaphs also make you reflect on what things you should consider in your life rather than picking up those useless pains and staying there for a lifetime.

5. Bud Bongao Tombs

Credits to: journeyingjames.com

Credits to: journeyingjames.com

Located in the tallest peak in Tawi Tawi. This by far is the farthest you have to visit in the Philippines if you are really interested. Tawi tawi is located south in the Philippines. This is a sacred site for the locals. These are for the tribes use only. They are the only ones who can bury their brothers there.

As you walk along the trail, you can see cellophanes tied on the trees. Kaiser Mangampo as stated in the Wayph.com, she said that the tribes believed that cellophanes being tied in the trees are a way for the spirits not to hurt them. Otherwise, something could possibly happen. These are some of their beliefs.

Conclusion

Cemeteries are not always part of a tourist’s destination because it is always associated with the dead. That’s true but consider visiting these cemeteries as a new experience and a cultural knowledge of the people in a country. One’s own beliefs, one’s own perspective and practices. You got to know their ways and have an idea of how uniquely it is being formed.

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Sienasmec
Shenna is a registered nurse in the Philippines. She's on her early 20's and have been travelling. She writes articles about travel to share her opinions, experiences, and likes and dislikes about the places that she has been to. She has been working as a freelancer writing articles from USA employers and in other countries. She has been to different places in the Philippines. Her Goal is to travel outside especially in Europe and in USA.