Cagsawa Ruins

Daraga, Albay

Cagsawa Ruins
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Cindy S.
4.0 Stars
4

Cagsawa Ruins is a popular tourist destinantion in Albay, it's one of the perfect places to see the Mayon Volcano. It used to be a church during the 16th century and the only remnants after its destruction is the bell tower that we see today.

I would have given this landmark a 5-star just for its sheer beauty, but when we went here, it was just packed with people that I really didn't get to enjoy it. The place was beautiful though, it is now being called Cagsawa Park and it's being maintained by their local municipality.

There are lots of interesting spots here if you explore the whole area, don't just limit yourself to the spot near bell tower. Just around the back, there is an expanse of ricefield and you can see the Mayon perfectly on a less cloudy day. I'm sure millenials like me wouldn't have a hard time finding that perfect IG-worthy picture in this place.

Cagsawa Ruins is a must on your Albay itinerary! 10084

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April H.
4.0 Stars
3

Cagsawa Ruins are the remnants of a Franciscan Church built in the 1700s... Should I say rebuilt because the original church founded in the 15th century was destroyed by Dutch pirates (I literally think of Johnny Depp and Captain Hook when someone mentions pirates). This historical landmark served as the refuge of the townspeople during the 1814 eruption of Mayon Volcano... Unfortunately, this violent eruption caused hundreds of deaths... The people who took refuge at the church did not survive; only the church's belfry remains standing to this day...

The ruins is part of the surrounding park, which is protected and maintained by the municipal government... We can only imagine how the place used to look during it's hay day. Today, it is a popular tourist attraction in Albay and offers a beautiful view of Mayon. You wouldn't have an inkling of the deadly eruption and lahar flow just by looking at the happy tourists doing trick poses for the camera... Of course where tourists are, the souvenir shops are as well...

It is also the site of the Cagsawa branch of the National Museum of the Philippines, which features photographs of volcanic eruptions of Mayon and other archeological artifacts.

P.S.
This site actually made it to @muradosman's famous IG page...

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Jovin B.
4.0 Stars

The Cagsawa ruins is an interesting historical sight to hang out and view Mayon Volcano.

While spending time in Legazpi to visit Mayon Volcano one destination that should be on your list is Cagsawa ruins. It's view of the great volcano as some would argue is unbeatable, you get a whole unblocked view of the Mount Mayon in all its glory. Though there are some instances that is not true although the view is free from buildings or any obstruction the clouds and fog can be a problem.Our visit to Cagsawa ruins was a rainy and foggy one so the full view of Mount Mayon never presented itself to us.

Besides the view another interesting point of the Cagsawa ruins are the actual ruins I won't enumerate the whole story here but it is interesting to learn about while your actually at the site where it all happened and imagine what took place there. The place is also littered with small shops where you can pick up some trinkets and souvenirs from your visit of the Bicol region. Food shops are also all over the place so you can get something to eat while you view the ruins and Mayon Volcano.

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Annechile S.
4.0 Stars
4

We went to attend a wedding 128112 in Bicol. So after a side trip to Cagsawa is a must!

Got to try the mango shake with 🌶 and 🌶 ice cream.

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Chachi L.
4.0 Stars
4

Cagsawa Ruins is considered as one of the perfect view points for the majestic Mayon Volcano. Located in Daraga, Albay, the famous landmark is the old belfry of the Cagsawa Church which is now a remnant of the deadliest eruption of the Mayon Volcano in 1814.

Before entering the site, tourists will be welcomed by a pasalubong center filled with different items which you can take home as souvenir from your Bicol trip (Pili nuts and candies, tshirts, magnets and other items). There is an entrance fee of Php 10 for each guest wishing to enter the said site. Since the volcano is most of the time covered with clouds, one can still enjoy a photo op with the famous backdrop by approaching one of the personnels inside which will willingly provide you instructionsto be able to capture camera trick pictures with the belfry. It was really amazing with how they can play with the belfry with so much ease. A fee is not required for these photographers but a little tip/donation will do, after all they really take time in shooting those cool pictures. Walking further inside the Cagsawa Ruins site, is a rice paddy. If you haven't seen one for yourself this is a good time to do so.

For the adventurous ones, there are ATVs that are available for rent and will take you to a unique off road driving experience within the premises of the ruins area.

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レロン テ.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Jen L.
3.0 Stars

eto lang at far view ng mayon... php10 per head for entrance is not bad ;)

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Berry F.
5.0 Stars

We went on a road trip with cousins from Quezon City all the way to Cagsawa Ruins where you can see the superb view of Mt. Mayon. The famous volcano's presence is something you will not forget because of its perfect cone shape. Though it was cloudy when we got there, atleast we had a chance to see the cleared view late in the afternoon of November 29,2015. It was worth the travel seeing such a beautiful sight like that. #loolooexplorerpackgiveaway

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Reich T.
5.0 Stars

The Cagsawa Ruins are the remnants of an 18th-century Franciscan church, the Cagsawa Church. It was built in 1724, but was destroyed by the eruption of the Mayon Volcano in 1814.

The ruins, currently protected in a park overseen by the municipal government of Daraga and the National Museum of the Philippines, are one of the most popular tourist destinations in the area. The International Tourism Bourse, one of the worlds top travel trade shows in Berlin, has even recognized the site as one of the places to visit in Asia.

Source: Wikipedia

A visit in Bicol ain't complete without a visit to Cagsawa Ruins. The ruins is a couple of hours away from Naga, accesible via UV Express. Travelling in rural areas is fun, it gives you a glimpse of how the locals live their lives. You get to observe day to day activities.

Cagsawa Ruins is located inside a park. I forgot how much we paid for the entrance fee but im pretty sure it aint expensive. Once inside the park, tourists can purchase souvenir items from the stalls, handmade bags, novelty items and shirts.

There are also pro photographers roaming the area who would take pictures of tourists with the ruins in the background. They specialise in the optical illusion thingy, a play on distance and apperture.

The ruins is raggedly old, a couple of centuries old in fact. One can wonder at the devastation brought by the eruption of Mayon, be mesmerised by the history manifested by the anti deluvian structure.

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Pearl R.
5.0 Stars

I miss the scenery, I miss the moments and most especially my adventures buddy. Oooh. 128525

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Potchie M.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Rian K.
5.0 Stars

A picturesque view of Mayon Volcano while your here at Cagsawa Ruins Church 128525 This is the last stop that we visit to buy some pasalubongs before our flight back to manila. Even though the mayon volcano is on Alert level 3 that day. Hahahaha. Very beautiful. 128507

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Jerico C.
4.0 Stars

it can be very crowded during peak season

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Cohline S.
3.0 Stars

Though the Mayon Volcano was hiding, it really adds to the attraction of the Cagsawa Ruins but it wasn't really what I expected. I expected more from the place.

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Maye D.
4.0 Stars

Apart from the magnificent view of Mayon Volcano, Cagsawa Ruins also has a mysterious, tragic history. Everyone thinks the church was buried in lava after the volcanic eruption in the 1800s, but I read an article before proving that the church was destroyed after the volcanic eruption. Eitherway, what's left of it is the church's bell tower and it's tragically beautiful.

Don't forget to check out the souvenir shops! And to complete the experience in the spicy capital of the Philippines, have a "sili shake"! There are two or more stalls selling flavored chili shakes.

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Mark M.
5.0 Stars

The view of the majestic Mayon Volcano from Cagsawa Ruins left me speechless! Truly one of this country's best attractions

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DinoKid's M.
4.0 Stars

Been here for a couple of times already and I've always like this place. Entrance fee is only Php 10.00
You may want to try their spicy fruit shakes for less than a hundred pesos.
It's a good place for your trick shots when 50-100 tip won't hurt your pockets in exchange of a good photo
There are many choices for your pasalubong--- you'll love the pili based delicacies and many more ...

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Michell Elizabeth C.
4.0 Stars

mayon view from cagsawa ruins.

the place is cleaner nowadays versus when i was a kid.

entrance fee is php10 per pax.

i had to tour the bf here since this is a must for tourists. but noo trick shots puhleezz. hahaha!

mayon was too shy. it was always covered with clouds during my 2 weeks stay there.

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Mye D.
5.0 Stars

Loved the view128525128156128077

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Cai D.
5.0 Stars

Since I was young cagsawa ruins is very remarkable because its always part of our textbook in elementary. Ever since i just expected it to be like theirs a view of mayon and the tower of the church. Then I was wrong!

It has a great view of mayon (but its cloudy when i was there),the church tower and i didn't expect it to see rice fields where you can see locals planting rice, a wide green and clean park where you can walk around, a remain of walls and stones from the old church, souvenir and food stores and gazebos.

Seeing this place will surely complete your albay exp. a bit frustrated because of the clouds covering the mayon. I should have a perfect view. 128532

Tip: buy you souvenir items here. Its cheaper!

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