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  • View Of Mt. Mayon From Church Yard
    View Of Mt. Mayon From Church Yard
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    Wedding Guests @ The Church Frontage
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  • View Of Lignon Hill From Church Yard
    View Of Lignon Hill From Church Yard
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    Stopover At Cagsawa Ruins

    by cyndymc Updated May 22, 2010

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    Mayon Volcano & Cagsawa Church Belfry

    Your visit to Albay will not be complete if you don't stop by the Cagsawa ruins in Daraga.


    Mt. Mayon's most violent and deadly eruption was on February 1, 1814. That fateful day, about 1,200 people sought refuge in the stone church of Cagsawa. Sad to say, they all perished when the church was razed and buried with lahar and pyroclastic flows. Only the belfry of the Cagsawa church remained aboveground.

    Today, the Cagsawa ruins remain standing, having withstood the elements and subsequent eruptions of Mayon Volcano. It has now become one of the most popular landmarks of Albay Province.

    The local government of Daraga now manages the site of the Cagsawa ruins as a park, which is the most visited tourist spot. All year-round, visitors come to touch the huge boulders spewed by Mt. Mayon around the area, explore the Cagsawa Church belfry, and witness the postcard-perfect view of Mayon Volcano with the ruined Cagsawa belfry in the foreground. A minimal entrance fee of P10/pax is collected for maintenance of the park. Parking fee depends on the type of vehicle: trucks & buses- P20; jeepney and car- P15; motorcycle & tricycle- P5.

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    Treat Yourself To Some Trick Shots

    by cyndymc Updated Apr 22, 2010

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    Another typical sight in the park is the presence of boys selling postcards/pictures of Mayon Volcano (P25 a piece). Some even volunteer as guides and photographers for trick shots in the area. They are really nice kids, not offensively irritating; they are not hard-sell in their approach.

    I bought 4 postcards and the boy voulunteered to take my souvenir trick shots. I asked him how much should I pay; he said, it's up to me. I really liked him so I gave him P100.

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    Visit The Heritage Church Of Daraga

    by cyndymc Written Apr 22, 2010

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    At last, we saw the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Porteria (Our Lady of the Gate), known to be "the crowning glory of religious architecture in the province of Albay" and highly regarded for its luxurious baroque architecture. Its huge, massive structure stands majestically on top of a hill overlooking the progressive town of Daraga, and it has stood there for centuries since it was built in 1773 by Franciscan missionaries.

    There was a wedding going on when we reached the Daraga Church. There were many people and vehicles outside the church frontage and yard, that we hardly had a good view of the famed architectural gem of Albay. Hubby and I walked a few yards away from the area, hoping to have a better view of the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Porteria (Our Lady of the Gate).

    From the strip of souvenir stores not so far away, I saw how majestically the church stood on top of the hill. Walking further to the left side of the road, I gasped at the unexpected spectacular view of the centuries-old church with Mayon Volcano as background. I walked back to the right side of the church and curiously looked at the view. It was awesome looking at the houses dwarfed by the gigantic Mayon Volcano and the imposing Lignon Hill.

    Soon, the wedding rites ended, but it took a long time for the people to disperse. I stood beside a barbecue vendor and just stared at the church, scanning the architectural details that I had earlier read about.

    This centuries-old church is admired for its creative blend of architectural styles: Renaissance Gothic and Mexican Baroque, resulting into "an indigenous baroque style" with a unique beauty distinguishing it from other colonial churches in the Philippines.

    The four spiral columns of the Daraga Church facade feature medallions at the center of each column with the images of the four Evangelists. The decorative facade also features images of the Our Lady of the Gate, the Franciscan Saints, and the coat of arms of the Franciscan Order, among others.

    The belfry with octagonal base has images of the twelve Apostles engraved on the sides of the six angles, all which were supposedly hewn from volcanic stone.

    The Church of Nuestra Señora de la Porteria (Our Lady of the Gate) has earned the title of National Cultural Treasure bestowed by the National Historical Institute upon signing of the declaration by National Museum Director Corazon S. Alvina last Oct. 29, 2007.

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    Cagsawa Ruins

    by i-s-a Updated Aug 31, 2006

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    Mayon and Cagsawa Bell Tower
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    Cagsawa Ruins is a testimony on the fury of Mayon. The church, except for the bellfry, was buried with stones and lava during Mayon's most destructive eruption in 1814. It is believed that more than a thousand people perished at that time because they used the church as their refuge.

    Today, it has become a popular tourist destination. Cagsawa Ruins Park offers a great view of Mayon and the bellfry a beautiful backdrop. Reminds us how to respect nature.

    Fast facts, taken from the Cagsawa Bellfry:

    The spiritual administration of Cagsaua from 1587 to 1595 was under the Parish of Camalig. An early church was burned, 25 July 1636, by the Dutch who ransacked the towns bordering Legaspi Bay. This church, built after 1724 by Fray Francisco Blanco, O.F.M., was buried by rocks and lava during the eruption of Mayon Volcano, 1 February 1814. The authorities of Cagsaua meeting at Ligao, 6 July 1814, decided to incorporate their town as part of Daraga. The first centenary of the destruction od the church was commemorated, 1 february 1914, with a hude pilgrimage to the ruins where high mass was celebrated.

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    Church at the top of the Hill

    by i-s-a Updated Aug 30, 2006

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    Our Lady of the Gate Parish Church...also known as Daraga Church. It is a baroque-style architechture built in 1773. The material used for this church are volcanic rocks and the outer walls looked very unique with intricate carvings of angels and saints.

    According to the folklore...the name Daraga (maiden) was given in honor of the maidens who helped the Franciscan missionaries in building this church.

    From this site, you can see Mayon very clearly.

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  • View the Mayon Volcano at Cagsawa Ruins Park

    by imee Updated Aug 17, 2006

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    The best time to see the site is at dawn before the clouds roll in and obscure the view of the volcano....as told to me by the boy who sells pictures of Mayon. When i went there it was already past 10 that's why the clouds was all over the volcano...eventually i bought the picture.There were also a mini resort inside the park. The resort have a swimming pool and a rental cottages. I also found a stalls that sells souvenir items and most of the products are made in abaca and also a stalls that sells wide variety of orchids. I bought a bag made in abaca and orchids!

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  • Visit the Daraga Parish Church

    by imee Updated Aug 17, 2006

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    It's a must to see the Barogue architectural design of the church,its façade gives the church its special distinction from the other churches in the country. You can also view the majestic Mayon Volcano from the grounds of the church.

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    Trick Shots

    by judayandryan Written Sep 17, 2009

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    The kids of Cagsawa Ruins taught us how to take pictures with some fun tricks.

    And they are also good in taking funny photos....

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