Camiguin's sunken cemetery attracts tourists

Joey Taguba Yecyec, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 29 2017 04:29 PM

CAMIGUIN - What used to be a burial place for loved ones has become a haven to different species of marine life-- this is what has become of the five-hectare public cemetery located in Brgy. Bonbon, Catarman in the province of Camiguin.

One of the island's tour guides, Carl Michael Naluan said that the sank into sea during a volcanic eruption in 1871.

"Nangyari yan noong 1871 nung pagputok ng bulkan na tinatawag naming old volcano, then after nung pagputok nya meron tayong aftershock ng earthquake na nagcause ng pagcollapse ng lupa ng sementeryo kaya lumubog yung sementeryo natin dito."

A large cross was built at the site of the sunken cemetery.

Through the years, marine life has thrived in the sunken cemetery that has become one of the favorite diving and snorkeling spots on the island.

Although the cemetery sank during the Spanish period, many locals and tourists still offer prayers at the cemetery especially during Holy Week and All Souls Day.