The Cagsawa Ruins are the remains of a 17th century church built by the Franciscans. The first church was erected in 1587 but was destroyed by Dutch marauders in 1646. The church was reconstructed in 1724 by Fr. Francisco Blanco. In February 1, 1814, Mt. Mayon began its most violent and deadly eruption in recorded history. Unfortunately, the church, along with most of the town of Cagsawa, was destroyed by lahars and pyroclastic flows, killing thousands of inhabitants.
What to see and do in Cagsawa Ruins National Park
- Take photos of the classic postcard shot of the Mayon Volcano
- Shop for souvenirs
- Go for an ATV adventure
How to go to Cagsawa?
- From Manila ride a bus going to Ligaspi, Albay
- From Legazpi: Ride a jeepney bound for Camalig, Guinobatan, Ligao or Polangui. These will all pass by the junction leading to Cagsawa where you can walk or hire a tricycle to take you to the ruins