When traveling to Bicol, the Cagsawa Ruins are a historical landmark with a history concerning another big attraction in the area, the Mayon Volcano. One of the most-visited structures in Albay, this decaying structure was originally an 18th-century church built by Franciscan friars. The nearby Mayon Volcano suddenly erupted and buried both church and around 1,200 of the inhabitants of the surrounding area in ash and pyroclastic flow.
Now it’s a remnant of the past, a reminder of the destruction that can go hand-in-hand with the beauty of nature. It has become quite the hotspot for tourists to check out, both for its historic value and the picture-worthy view. Take some fun photos for yourself during a trip to Bicol on your next Philippine adventure.