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Visiting Cagsawa Ruins in Bicol

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When in Bicol, one of the tourist destinations that you should not miss to visit is the Cagsawa Ruins also known as Kagaswa church. This church was destroyed by the Mayon Volcano eruption in 1814 thus making it Cagsawa Ruins.

Cagsawa Ruins of Albay
Cagsawa Ruins of Albay

Visiting Cagsawa Ruins in Bicol

The ruins are attraction to photography enthusiasts from all over the world and are protected by the Philippines National Museum and the government of Daraga. For travel enthusiasts this is one of the most visited tourist’s destinations in Legaspi City and it remains a silent witness to the dreadful nature of the Mt. Mayon.


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View of Mayon Volcano at Cagsawa Ruins
View of Mayon Volcano at Cagsawa Ruins

The volcanic eruption killed almost 1200 people who took refuge in the Cagsawa Church thus making it an even more visited place for its history and the local stories. One can find tour guides who give a detailed description of the events happened and that too at the will of the travelers generosity. These tour guides are young and interactive and it can actually be fun while sightseeing the area and listening to its detailed past.

Cagsawa is situated at approximately 8 kilometers away from the central business district of Legazpi. The best time to visit this place is when the Mt. Mayon is in full view, photography enthusiasts will get incredible photographs of the ruins with the Mt. Mayon on the backdrop.

Old Photo of Cagsawa Church
Old Photo of Cagsawa Church (courtesy of Wikipedia)

The place also sports some vendors who are reasonable and people can go for mementos of the particular place. What is actually the plus point of the Cagsawa ruins is that it is the perfect spot to see the Mayon Volcano, usually the Mt. Mayon is covered with clouds and if lucky you can get a clear view of the volcanic mountain from the ruins.

Souvenir Shops in Cagsawa Ruins
Souvenir Shops in Cagsawa Ruins

The area is also a good place for souvenir shopping. Some shops are selling Orchids and other exotic flowers as well as handicrafts like shirts and handbags. The place is now called Cagsawa Park and it is now managed by the municipal government of Daraga, Albay.

Pinoy Travel Bloggers in Cagsawa Ruins
Pinoy Travel Bloggers in Cagsawa Ruins

How to Get to Cagsawa Ruins

The Cagsawa ruins are located 2.2 km (1.4 mi) from the town of Daraga and are approximately 8 km (5.0 mi) from the city of Legazpi. The Ruins is also 3.3 km (2.1 mi) from the Legazpi Airport and a 55-minute flight from Manila.

By bus, Daraga Albay is five to six hours away from Manila. The ruins are roughly 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) away from the summit of the Majestic Mayon Volcano.

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