Cagsawa Ruins

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Cagsawa Ruins

The Cagsawa ruins (also known as Kagsawa or Cagsaua) are the remnants of a 16th-century church in Albay (Bicol region) 11-km to the South of the Mayon Volcano.  Today, the church tower is the only remaining structure left after the 1814 eruption of the Mayon Volcano and a testament to the dangers of living in such close proximity to an active volcano.

The ruins have been converted into a popular park where festivals and tourism make this place a great destination to visit.  Getting to the Cagsawa Ruins Park is easy from Legazpi and the surrounding area by scooter, jeepny or car.

Know before you go

  • Parking is 30P – but it’s 50P if you’re foreign (yay price gouging!).
  • Visit the Cagsawa Ruins in just after sunrise or shortly before sunset to have the best chance for Mayon to be cloud-free.  Mid-day the volcano is usually shrouded in clouds.

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