Cagsawa Ruins in Albay
First thing that comes to mind when visiting Albay is the famed Cagsawa Ruins. It has been declared a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines and a Cultural Heritage Site by the National Historical Institute.
For almost 200 years, the Cagsawa Ruins stood the test of time, and has become the most recognizable spots in the province of Albay. It was the center of the colonial settlement of Cagsawa which was destroyed by the Feb 1, 1814 eruption if Mayon Volcano. What remains are the ruins of the iglesia & Convento with its iconic bell tower (church and convent), the Casa Real (The Royal House), and Ayuntamiento (Municipal Hall).
The bell tower, with Mayon Volcano in the background, is one of the most photogprahed structured in the Philippines. It has become a symbol of the resiliency of the Albanyos who are frequently battered by terrible calamities, but manages to build themselves from the ground up.
The Cagsawa Festival is the recent addition to the festivals held every year, and showcases various activities and entertainment such as outdoor and sports events, culinary activities, and cultural presentations.
A lot of souvenir shops surround the area, so you can have a wide array of choices on which to bring home, whether it be the delicacies, keychains, or weaved wallets and bags.
For the entrance, adults are charged P20, and P10 for children. So, get your camera ready and see the well-known Cagsawa Ruins in Legazpi, Albay.
Address: Cagsawa Ruins Park, Albay