Friday, July 23, 2010

Cagsawa Ruins and Mayon Volcano

Images of Mayon Volcano floods the textbooks and postcards of my elementary days. As I can vividly recall, associated with the famed volcano is a church tower which symbolizes the fiery eruption that engulfed the whole town of Cagsawa.

The Cagsawa Ruins is both a memorial and a symbol for the Bicolano people. It serves as a memorial of the 1814 eruption which is the worst eruption of Mayon Volcano where some 1,200 people who took refuge and sought the sanctuary of the church all died when the church was engulfed by the flowing lava. The remaining belfry serves as a grim reminder of the events that took place and many people come to see the belfry as a reminder of what transpired.

The Ruins is also a symbol of Bicolano's resiliency, that is - they will always strive to rise despite the calamities brought about by the eruption of Mayon Volcano.

Cagsawa Ruins


Mayon Volcano


Belfry and Volcano Stones


Jesus at the Forefront


Beautiful but Dangerous Volcano


The Surviving Belfry


Souvenir Shot ala I*** H******


Cagsawa Ruins Park is located at the outskirts of Daraga, Albay. Daraga is just few minutes jeepney ride from Legaspi City. There are souvenir shops at the entrance of the park which offers native products, handicrafts and T-shirts. There are also restaurants there offering native food and delicacies. But most of all, the Park offers an unhampered view of the majestic Mayon Volcano.

25 comments:

  1. perfect cone talaga ang mayon. ganda ng kuha.

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  2. I've never been to the ruins here, but have in Cancun, they were amazing too. I love how you've photographed the mountains behind the tower.

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  3. hahaha.... may souvenir shot pa talaga na ala ... i agree because i too am impressed with their resilience that despite the danger that the mountain can do.. still bicolanos are happy people. bicol express over pangat... perfect!

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  4. Wow the scenery is so beautiful. Looked like a post card on Mt Fuji. Very well taken.

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  5. Yung kuha mo nga, pwede ring pang post card eh. Someday I'll visit the "daragang magayon". Hangang Naga lang kasi ang naabot ko sa Bicol.

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  6. I like visiting ruins. It's like going back in time.

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  7. how lucky you are---Mayon showed her perfect cone to you!:p

    spectacular photos.

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  8. wow!! perfect cone nga sya! ang ganda! :)

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  9. Inabangan mo ba talaga na magpakita siya sau ng buo? Ano ang wish mo? Pangpostcard ang dating ng shots mo lalo na ang first photo. yung last photo pang souvenir, dali bigyan mo ko ng isa with autograph. hehehe

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  10. ayun. me solo pic na/ souvineer shot. hope you do this more often. haha

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  11. I enjoy reading your Cagsawa Ruins tale.. pictures are great. Care for link ex?

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  12. ano yung censored caption na yun?

    i miss mayon!!! hopes to see it again. last time i was there in the 1990's, it was erupting. :)

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  13. Nanibago ako kasi may souvenir shot na kasama ka... pero it's good... mas nagiging personalize ang dating...lolz

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  14. @ photo cache - thanks, really pinas pride.

    @ self sagacity. nice name. oooh i would lopve to visit cancun someday.

    @ dong ho - happy and lovely people, ngiting may anghang :)

    @ alicesg - thank you :)

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  15. @ blogusvox - salamat. yeah, dapat umabot ka sa albay bro, this volcano should be seen even at least once in our lifetime.

    @ andy b - i agree, i love visiting ruis too.

    @ luna miranda - very lucky kasi most of the time nagtatago sya sa ulap.

    @ princess_dyanie - salamat. perfect cone talaga sa side nato ng albay.

    @ redlan - salamat. swerte lang talaga at naabutan sya ng buo. pag tanghali na kasi at hapon wala na, nagtatagop na sa ulap.

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  16. @ pusang kalye - haha meron naman ako mga shots dito lalo na nung older posts lols. hayaan mo, more of these in the future :)

    @ ian - thanks. sure :)

    @ reena - hehe. alam ni ding ho yun :) may nakita ako night shot ng mayon when it was erupting. parang fireworks. too bad, ang daming apektado pag sumasabog ang mayon.

    @ i am xprosaic - hehe. cge minsan maglalagay uli ako :)

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  17. Another awesome shot. At may souvenir shot pa.

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  18. haha.. galing ng souvenir shot :)

    Mayon is still a perfect cone. Hope it doesn't change !

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  19. You are right, I have only seen this on books and postcards. Hope to go there someday.

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  20. Masarap din mga pagkain dyan, ano!

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  21. Magayon talaga ang Mayon! astig ng mg shots, been there several times pero maramot ang Mayon sa akin. once ko lang nakita ang Mayon on clear skies. amazing!

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  22. Awesome pictures!!!
    i need to go back!
    I was not able to get a full view of the volcano :(
    http://jotan23.blogspot.com/2010/11/legazpi-for-day.html

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