Friday, April 9, 2010


It’s Black Saturday yet our family welcomed the day with a full blast smile. Why? We went down to Albay to check out the ever famous Cagsawa Ruins and shopped for Pasalubong in Iriga!

Thanks Stacey for our group photos and the signage shot!

Here is a shot of Mayon Volcano on our way inside the Cagsawa Park.

The Cagsawa Ruins:

From the article Cagsawa Ruins - A Legacy to the Bicolanos (

For almost two centuries the Cagsawa Ruins has stood as a symbol of Bicol region’s impressive landscape, rich history and the people’s strength and resiliency to face and to rise from the ravages of Mother Nature.

There is an entrance fee of 10.00 pesos for adults.

Cagsawa Ruins Park is a few minutes jeepney ride from Legazpi City. Legazpi City is one of the most important cities of Bicol. By air, it is 55 minutes away from Manila. About 9 hours travel time by air-conditioned buses that ply the route daily.

A statue of Jesus Christ can be seen in the park. Seriously, there were a lot of people when we visited the park. Most of them are families having good times and some tourists enjoying the place.

Cagsawa Ruins Park is one of the most visited places in the area. From this point tourists are afforded with an unhampered view of the majestic Mayon Volcano with its world renowned perfect cone.

Folklore states that originally Kagsawa was derived from the word “KAG” meaning owner and “SAWA” meaning python. Kagsawa could also mean excesses or too much. The February 1, 1814 Mayon eruption was said to be a divine justice for the people’s overindulgence.

The 1814 eruption was recorded to be worst eruption of Mt. Mayon. Some 1,200 people who took refuge and sought the sanctuary of the church during the eruption all died when the church was engulfed by the flowing lava.

Only the Cagsawa church belfry remains today. It is a grim reminder of the events that took place and many people come to see the belfry as a reminder of times past. Through all the developments done by the local government, the Cagsawa church belfry remains standing, with the giant stones spewed by Mt. Mayon around and with the history of the region buried underneath.

I took this shot using the edge of the cross and the Mayon Volcano in the background. I just love the output!

These are some big rocks which the Mayon Volcano had during it's eruption in the past.

The place is now called Cagsawa Park. It is managed today by the municipal government of Daraga, Albay.

I am inside the ruins of the church. More rocks are seen below.

At the entrance of the park visitors will find a wide variety of souvenir shops and stalls which showcase native products and handicrafts. A wide selection of T-shirts with native scenes and designs are also available.

We finished touring the place at around 11 am. Right after, we picked up my Auntie and we had our lunch in Embarcadero.

To be continued...

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