How to get to Cagsawa Ruins?
Roughly estimated 8 km from the city, ride a jeepney (P8) from Legaspi bound to Camalig or any jeepney that passes by Cagsawa junction ( Jump Off area). It will be a 5 minute walk going further until you reach the Cagsawa or you can hire a tricycle (P20). Best time to go is early in the morning when sky is clear and blue, when Mt Mayon’s crater can be seen in the distance.
It is located in a small town of Brgy Busay, Cagsawa, Daraga. It used to be a magnificent church with an elegant view of the Mt. Mayon behind it. The church was built under Fray Francisco Blanco and it was only then the bellfry and some other parts remained standing still after the Mayon volcano erupted in 1814, which killed 1, 200 people and the lava flow buried the church.
Since then, the people of Daraga has been always reminded how dangerous it is to live near this area. After the large eruption, people refused to live nearby and opted to reside somewhere in Daraga town.
The remants can tell how it survived the lahar and all. The walls and some stones were still there. People in Cagsawa just preserve the though and the looks of the Cagsawa Ruins and served as tourist attraction over time.
The weather was quite humid. Especially as I went around 10 in the morning the skies were cloudy. I just sat down for a while and reviewed some photos and took some of myself around the site.
After taking too many photoshoots of my self. I just remember how my dream photo taken since I was a kid. I dreamt of having my DSLR camera and shoot myself exactly as this…and I made it! Dream come true.
There are some good restaurants around preparing good local food as well.At the entrance side are souvenirs shop, with reasonable prices for the items. But I didn’t buy, as usual and I headed back to Legaspi after spending 3 hours around.