Camaligan’s original catholic cemetery

Facade of the brick entrance arch of the old cemetery of Camaligan, Camarines Sur. It's now just a fenced modern chapel while the cemetery was transferred to a farther location.

Facade of the brick entrance arch of the old cemetery of Camaligan, Camarines Sur. It’s now just a fenced modern chapel while the cemetery was transferred to a farther location.

Camaligan, a few kilometers outside of Naga City in Camarines Sur has an old cemetery just around 50 meters left of the church, along the highway. Built with bricks, it has a low lying perimeter fence with a beautiful but simple entrance arch. The chapel is modern but its function as a cemetery has long been ended with a new one built farther away, around half a kilometer from this one.

The entrance arch is elegant. It has three sections with a pair of columns at each side. The entrance arch has a bas relief at the top but due to weathering, is not discernible. Each section is topped with a dome like top with the biggest at the center.

While the front part of the perimeter fence is still in good condition, although weathering of the bricks is already apparent, the lateral sections are in bad condition. A portion of the left wall has already tilted. This part is quite interesting as the fence, not including the brick posts are of mamposteria which might have been constructed much earlier.

Another view of the entrance arch

Another view of the entrance arch

Mamposteria of lateral perimeter fence

Mamposteria of lateral perimeter fence

Behind the front fence

Behind the front fence

Detail of cemetery entrance arch as seen from the back

Detail of cemetery entrance arch as seen from the back

Back of the cemetery entrance arch

Back of the cemetery entrance arch

Old brick perimeter fence of cemetery front

Old brick perimeter fence of cemetery front

Left, bas relief with details almost erased and can no longer be discerned; right, fence post

Left, bas relief with details almost erased and can no longer be discerned except for the numbers 18_6 which might be the construction year; right, fence post

Details of the columns of the entrance arch facade

Details of the columns of the entrance arch facade

Close up of the pediment and top of entrance arch

Close up of the pediment and top of entrance arch

In October 2014, I visited Naga City and the towns of Calabanga and Camaligan in search of old churches and cemeteries. This three part series shows what remains of these final resting places of the dead: the old cemetery of Camaligan, the forgotten cemetery fence of Quipayo and the old cemetery at the Penafrancia ermita

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