Albay, Camarines Sur - Mayon Volcano


Mayon Volcano

Mayon Volcano

Mayon Volcano is the most famous landmark of Albay Province in Camarines Sur. Mayon volcano is world-renowned for its almost perfect cone and symmetry. “Mayon is a stratovolcano known for its almost perfect symmetrical triangle shape. The upper slopes of the Mayon are steep, reaching up to 40° in angle. Mayon rises 2,462 m (8, 189 ft) above the Bicol Region of the Philippines and has a base circumference of 62.8km (40mi).”

>Mayon volcano and Cagsawa ruins

Cagsawa Ruins

The Cagsawa Ruins Park in Daraga, Albay offers a great vantage point for viewing Mayon volcano. The Cagsawa ruins are the remnants of the baroque church, built after 1724 by Fr. Francisco Blanco, and some parts of the convent. These were buried in several hundred million cubic meters of ash during Mayon volcano’s most violent eruption in 1824 that devastated the town of Cagsawa and killed hundreds of the town’s residents. At present, only the church belfry or tower remains standing, and some parts or walls of the convent.

Cagsawa ruins church tower

Cagsawa church's belfry

Cagsawa ruins church tower

Cagsawa ruins - remnants of the convent

There is an entrance fee of PhP 10 per person in the Cagsawa Ruins Park. Food stands and eateries are scattered in the park so there’s no need to worry when you get hungry. Souvenir items such as abaca bags and coin purses, home decors, hats and shirts can be bought in the park at low prices. Various pili nut (Canarium ovatum) products are also sold in Cagsawa Park such as sweetened pili nuts, roasted pili nuts, pili candy, mazapan de pili and pili tarts. We took this opportunity to buy a lot of pili since it is very expensive in Laguna or Manila! Moreover, pili products are actually cheaper here compared to the ones sold in Naga City.   

Cagsawa Ruins Park

Cagsawa Ruins Park

We were lucky because the majestic Mayon volcano showed herself to us ("herself" because Mayon is from the Bicolano word magayon which means beautiful). When we first arrived in Cagsawa Ruins Park, the volcano was covered with clouds:

Mayon Volcano

But after a while, the clouds cleared a bit so we were able to take a photo of Mayon's crater, considered as an almost perfect cone:

Mayon volcano's crater

Mayon volcano's crater

At the time we came to Cagsawa Ruins Park, the ATV ride was not yet offered so we did not have anything else to do but take a lot of shots of Mayon volcano. You can’t really get enough of its beauty! 

Mayon volcano

 

Where to stay near Cagsawa Ruins and Mayon Volcano:

Balay de la Rama Bed and Breakfast

1542 Bañag, Daraga, Albay
Email: info@balaydelrama.com
Phone: +63 918 385 7939
Website: www.balaydelarama.com

The Oriental Legazpi
Taysan Hills, Sto. Niño Village, Legazpi
Phone: (+6352) 435-3333 or (+6352) 435-5555
Email: inquiry@theorientalhotels.com
Website: http://www.theorientalhotels.com

Ellis Ecotel
3F Embarcadero de Legazpi, Port Area, Legazpi
Phone: (+63 52) 481 4088
Mobile Phone: +639175580428 (Globe) | +639189654681 (Smart)
Email: reservations@ellisecotel.com
Website: http://ellisecotel.com/


Magayon Hotel
Peñaranda St., Legazpi City
Phone: +63 (52) 214 3121 | +63 (52) 214 3919

Legazpi Tourist Inn
3rd Flr. V&O Bldg., Corner Quezon Ave. Lapu-Lapu St., Legazpi City
Phone: (052) 480-6147 / 820-4880
Fax: (052) 480-6147

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