Going to the Cagsawa Ruins

Rural Scene Near Cagsawa

Rural Scene Near Cagsawa

The church of Our Lady of the Gate in Daraga city was quite okay. It looked really old and it made for some great shots. There is supposed to be a great view of the Mayon Volcano here at the churchyard but the famous volcano is obscured by clouds. That was quite disappointing. I was figuring out where to go next and I looked at the map. It seems that Cagsawa is not really that far from here. Cagsawa used to have a church but it was destroyed by a volcanic eruption. The religious has since moved on to the church of Our Lady of the Gate as their main parish.

Dikes Near Cagsawa

Dikes Near Cagsawa

Looking at the map, it doesn’t seem that Cagsawa is that far. I didn’t know how to get there by public transport so I just walked. The map said it was only two kilometers away. Now, I don’t really have any idea how far a kilometer is but I just kept walking. I was walking along the main highway and there wasn’t much room for pedestrians here. There were times I would have to stop to make way for a bus. This is not exactly the safest way to go. Anyway, I eventually made it to the turn to Cagsawa. It is not really that difficult to miss since there are a lot of sign pointing to the ruins. Along the way, I saw some dikes which I assume were built to keep mudflows from overflowing. This is a fact of life here and it is impressive how the locals have co-existed with the temperamental volcano all this time.

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