Cagsawa Park: A Glimpse into History


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The Cagsawa Park is located just a few meters from the highway of Busay, Daraga, Albay. To reach this site, visitors can take a short walk or simply ride a tricycle. Its main feature is the bell tower of what was once the Cagsawa Church; the other parts of the church already disappeared beneath the lava that came from the Mayon Volcano way back in 1814, during what is known as the volcano’s most destructive eruption, a tragedy that killed the thousands of individuals who took refuge inside the church.

Today, visitors of Cagsawa are welcomed by the bell tower and the huge stones from the Mayon Volcano, scattered around the park, some of them even bigger than a person. On a clear day, you will be able to see the volcano in all its glory, standing tall and proud from afar.

Visitors can have a picnic on the grassy grounds or in the small concrete cottages around. There are also two swimming pools–one for adults and one for kids–for those who want to cool themselves on a warm weather. There are various stores selling local crafts, souvenir items, pilinut candies, as well as different kinds of plants. And for those who want souvenir photos other than what they were able to take, there are local photographers roaming around who offer personalized photograph packages.

The best time to visit the Cagsawa Park is during the summer, either early morning or late in the afternoon. There is an entrance fee of P20 for visitors, whereas entrance is free for locals.


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