Nagcarlan Travel Guide

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    by marc09
  • Nagcarlan
    by marc09
  • Nagcarlan
    by marc09

Nagcarlan Things to Do

  • Pick your fruits and eat them too

    During the season of Lanzones, we sometimes go to the farm itself to buy them and we sometimes ask the owner to allow the us to pick the lanzones from the tree. Same is true for the rambutans that we usually purchase directly from the farm. Not only does it cost less, the kids enjoy the fact that they are participating in harvesting the fruits.Have...

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  • Nagcarlan or Nagcarlang church?

    Though more known for being the place where the Filipino female version of the Hunchback of Notre Dame, "Ang Kampanerang Kuba", was filmed, Nagcarlan church is actually a national historical landmark. It is one of the oldest church in the Philippines having been built and rebuilt by the Franciscan missionaries between 1500 and 1700. Patron saint is...

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  • Take 3 - Take a hike, take photos, and...

    Nagcarlan is situated between Mt Banahaw and Mt. Cristobal and as such, there are natural bodies of water that can be found all over the place like streams, rivers and lakes. Hiking with your camera would prove to be interesting and enjoyable as you take pictures of the local flora and fauna. End your hike with a dip in the cool mountain waters and...

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  • The Falls of Nagcarlan - Bunga Falls

    One of the places to visit in Nagcarlan would be Bunga Falls. Unlike other waterfalls where you need to hike for several minutes to reach them, Bunga Falls is accessible via a car or a tricycle ride coupled with a 5 to 10 minute trek going down to the falls. There is a minimal fee being collected by the barangay. There are also a number of...

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  • Being Underground in a Cemetery

    If there's one place Nagcarlan is most famous for, it's probably the Underground Cemetery. Built by Franciscan missionaries in 1845, it's one of its kind in the Philippines and is a national historical landmark.The are no entrance fees and it is open from Tuesdays to Sunday, 8:00 to 4:00 a.m. No flash photography is allowed in the underground...

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  • Explore Bunga Falls

    I was only a teenager when I first went to Bunga Falls, so my next visit with my family was still an exciting experience. It was easier going to Nagcarlan's almost identical twin waterfalls that cascade side by side because roads have been constructed. There is still a short distance of traveling through a dirt road though, and parking is under the...

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  • Swimming & Picnic At A Mountain Resort

    Although Nagcarlan has a cool climate being an upland town of Laguna, many people go there for swimming and picnic. They brave the cool waters which they say is good for body circulation. But what makes swimming more enjoyable is the refreshing beauty of nature and the plants & flowers in the surroundings. The place I'm referring to is Villa Sylvia...

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  • Visit the Famous Underground Cemetery

    The Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery was declared a National Historical Landmark, so it is understandable why many people come to visit it. We were fortunate to have met the Cemetery Administrator, Ms. Cecille Sumagui who gave us a brief orientation and tour. She allowed us to take pictures inside the chapel and underground crypt, provided our...

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  • Taste The Local Foods

    When in the province, taste the local foods:Tapsilog, acronym for Tapa (fried dried cured beef)-Sinangag (fried rice)-Itlog (Egg, cooked however you'd like it);Lechon Kawale (Sliced tenderized pork belly deep fried in wrought iron pan);Chicken-Pork Adobo (Stewed diced pork and chicken marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, lots of garlic, laurel leaves,...

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  • Nagcarlan's Anilag Booth

    "Anilag" is an acronym for "Ani ng Laguna" which means Harvests of Laguna. It is an annual festival participated in by all the towns of Laguna. In the recent "Anilag", one of my favorites was the Nagcarlan booth which featured a replica of the Underground Cemetery facade. It was intricately designed using indigenous materials like coco lumber, wood...

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  • Discover The Grandeur of St, Bartholomew...

    St. Bartholomew Church in Nagcarlan,Laguna was already noted for the miraculous cures of St. Batholomew, but it became even more popular when it was declared one of the country's Jubilee Churches.According to the info sheet given to us by Parish office secretary, Sis Emma, the Franciscan Missionaries under the leadership of Frays Juan de Plasencia...

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  • Picnic along one of many rivers near the...

    While we were there in December, the waters were really cold so the best thing to enjoy the scenic natural beauty of NAgcarlan is to have a picnic along any of the many rivers dotting the town!There are numerous huts which you can hire for a small fee. Food is plentiful, no worries! Locals selling heaps of fresh food will surely be hovering around...

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Nagcarlan Restaurants

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    by cyndymc Updated Aug 22, 2009

    Although we know many people in Nagcarlan, we'd rather eat outside in a restaurant than in any of our relatives' house. This is because locals are quite sensitive, thinking you might favor other relatives over them if you do not pass by their house. So whenever we bring guests to Nagcarlan or go for photo shoot, we go there unannounced.

    We discovered Ralphjoy's Resto Bar when we asked a local where was the nearest restaurant. We were amused because he said we should go to a place with good food and safe parking for our Fortuner.

    Ralphjoy's Resto Bar has nice (clean, cool & beautiful) ambience, impressive interior design and furniture, clean restrooms, wide and secure parking space, efficient service, wide food options and reasonable prices.

    The resto manager was even so kind and hospitable to let us leave our car at their parking area while we went to the Underground Cemetery:-)

    Favorite Dish: We ordered mostly local foods, except for my grandson who ordered lasagna (P60 only), cream of mushroom soup (only P25) and mojos (only P40). We liked all of the local foods which had the Lagunense home cooking taste: chicken-pork adobo meal served with rice, boiled egg and sliced tomatoes (only P60); Beef Steak served with rice, mixed veggies and sliced cucumber (P80 only); Tapsilog (only P60); Lechon Kawale (P140 good for 2-3 pax); plain rice (P10/cup). Dessert was super delicious halohalo for only P40! Small eche flan good for 3-4 pax) was only P30!

    We will definitely go back and bring guests/photo buddies to Ralphjoy's.

    Ralphjoy's Resto Bar Ana Kalang Monument Across Ralphjoy's Resto Bar Ralphjoy's Resto Bar Waiting Area, Ralphjoy's Resto Bar Ralphjoy's Resto Bar
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Nagcarlan Transportation

  • Jeepneys

    Across the bus terminal at Pagsawitan, Sta. Cruz. get a jeepney bound for Nagcarlan. Alternatively, you may proceed to the Jeepney Terminal near the Sta. Cruz plaza or public market and take a jeep bound for Nagcarlan.

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  • Buses

    From Manila, one has to take a bus going to Sta. Cruz, Laguna. (I haven't tried it because we always travel by car, but I was told there are bus terminals at Buendia-Taft and Cubao, QC for buses going to Sta. Cruz.) Then, get a connecting jeepney ride to Nagcarlan.

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  • Private Vehicle

    It is most convenient to travel to & around Nagcarlan in a private vehicle. The National Road, as well as secondary and tertiary roads are in good condition, except for short distance dirt roads that you will have to pass if you go to the waterfalls area. It is best not to bring a very big vehicle, as parking within the town could be a problem.From...

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Nagcarlan Local Customs

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    by cyndymc Updated Feb 10, 2010

    Filipinos love to eat, and they love to feed their guests. In Nagcarlan, everyone is so happy to entertain guests with food. When you are a guest at a relative's/friend's house, don't eat until you are full. Why? Because you will have to eat again when you pass by another relative's/friend's house. They will be offended if you do not visit their house, more so if you do not eat even a few bites. And when you meet another relative/friend at the second house, chances are, you will be invited to go to their house (which is very hard to resist), and you'll have to eat again!

    This is our "pleasant problem" whenever we visit my father-in-law's relatives. We feel like "bursting to the rims" after eating at all the relatives houses. Since they derive happiness in seeing guests taste their food, we do not have the heart to refuse whatever they offer. To please everyone, we eat a little of everything in everyone's house.

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Nagcarlan Warnings and Dangers

  • Ghosts In Crypt Area Of Underground...

    My husband had mentioned stories of some photo buddies seeing unexplained images in their photos taken at the crypt area of the Nagcarlan Underground Cemetery. We dismissed the stories as imagined tales. But when my grandson told us his personal experiece at the crypt, we became inclined to believe the stories. He first saw in his peripheral sight...

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  • Slippery Way Down To Bunga Falls

    Unlike Taytay Falls, Bunga Falls is not yet well developed. If going down Taytay Falls is a breeze, going down Bunga Falls is more risky because the way is not yet paved and there are no concrete stairs. There are only flat rocks laid as steps, and there are portions where the mountain soil was just carved to serve as steps. When it is sunny, the...

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  • Ants!!!

    Expect ants on the improvised stairs (some parts are flat rocks laid as steps; some parts are just hard mountain soil carved as steps) leading to the waterfalls area of Bunga Falls. There are plenty of black ants that can bite you if/when you pause to see the scenery. There are also ants on the bamboo railing so before you hold on to it, keep an...

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