It is a bit hard to find. All I told the tricycle driver was to bring me to Simborio, near the old catholic church of Plaridel in Bulacan. He knows the place as, probably, a sitio’s name, a locality but didn’t actually know that it used to be a cemetery with only the simborio or the cemetery chapel that stood amidst graves and niches.
Just as we passed by, I saw a glimpse of the simborio structure and promptly told the driver to stop. Went down, paid my fare and entered a small alley with the heritage structure directly at the center. Where there were graves before are modern houses now, circling the cemetery chapel.
It was in such a sad state. Crumbling. The tip of the octagonal dome is broken, there were pieces of missing cornices as the cemetery chapel made from adobe stones with bricks in between layers is fenced and the gate locked. Colorful clothes were hung to dry on the metal railing.
At the bottom were several semicircular niches ringing on all sides except at the entrance. From the exterior are lancet windows but are actually rectangular ones but used brick and mortar to form the lancet arch. The surface, both interior and exterior have extensive damage due to weathering of material as well as cracks in several parts of the interior.
I don’t have any information when this structure was built or why the cemetery was cleared except for the chapel although the present catholic cemetery is located at the opposite side of the block with portions having the adobe stone fence.