Bicol Express | Mayon Volcano from Cagsawa Ruins

Bicol Express: Day 6. April 30, 2012. 11:00+AM. 
Hello Mayon Volcano.
We [heart] Bicol.
Since we live down south [Cebu], Mayon Volcano was just a product of our colorful imagination back when we were still graders. It was just a part of the postcards we need to collect for our Civics and Culture class. So imagine our faces when we finally saw the famous Mayon Volcano from Cagsawa Ruins.

Cagsawa Ruins
The Cagsawa Ruins (also spelled as Kagsawa, or Cagsaua) are what remains of an 18th century Franciscan church [Cagsawa church] which was built in 1724. It got destroyed by the 1814 eruption of the Mayon Volcano.

Imagine how destructive it must've been that only the bell tower was left uncovered by volcanic debris.

This serves as a reminder of how destructive the beautiful and seemingly calm Mayon Volcano can get.

Aside from just taking pictures and getting mesmerized by Mayon's grandness, you can opt to take the tour package which will bring you to the foot of the volcano through ATV. Just like what Chyng and Hannah did in one of the episodes in #Phl360.

 POINT A to POINT B: Getting to Cagsawa Ruins from Lignon Hill

  1. From the entrance of Lignon Hill, take a jeepney bound for Binitayan. Check the jeepney placards or ask the driver before boarding. Ask the jeepney driver to drop you off at the Elementary School.
  2. From Binitayan, take another jeepney going to Cagsawa. Just inform the driver to drop you off on the corner going to Cagsawa Ruins. Be on the look out for Oas or Polangui on the signboard. To be sure, ask before boarding the jeepney.
  3. When you see the big wheel with the Cagsawa Ruins sign, hail a pedicab going to the actual site.

view of the towering Mayon Volcano on the way to Cagsawa Ruins.

Bicol Express: Day 6. April 30, 2012. 1:00+PM. 

With the help of Ate Daisy of Island Wonders, we were able to score window seat on our plane back home to Cebu. Our final walk going to the plane was bitter-sweet. Happy with experience, but sad for finally it was time to wake up to reality. The turbines turn and the flight attendant started their airplane safety spiel, marking the end of that wonderful trip.

Aerial view of Legazpi + Mayon Volcano.

Dios Mabalos Bicol!
[Thank you Bicol!]

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Whacky Notes: [EXPENSES] 
Lignon Hill to Binitayan Elem School [Jeepney] = 24.00 / 3 = 8.00 each 
Binitayan Elem School to Cagsawa Ruins drop-off [Jeepney] = 24.00 / 3 = 8.00 each 
Cagsawa Ruins drop-off to Cagsawa Ruins proper [Pedicab] = 24.00 / 3 = 8.00 each 
Cagsawa Ruins Entrance Fee = 30.00 / 3 = 10.00 each
Brunch = 180.00 / 3 = 60.00 each
Cagsawa Ruins proper to Cagsawa Ruins drop-off [Pedicab] = 24.00 / 3 = 8.00 each 
Cagsawa Ruins drop-off to Sampaguita Inn [Jeepney] = 27.00 / 3 = 9.00 each 
Sampaguita Inn to Legazpi Airport [Pedicab] = 300.00 / 3 = 100.00 each 

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  1. I've gone there when I was still 13-years-old. That tower of Cagsawa church left behind from the great eruption of Mt. Mayon in 1814. It was sad and astonishing sight to see.

    I remember Bicol from Naga to Legazpi City you can really see the majestic Mt. Mayon anywhere you go.

    I miss Bicol. Bicol Express, peanut brittle and all. Hope I can go back there one of these days.

    Nice blog. I like your travel adventures. Kudos! :-)

    1. Thank you Noy. :) Mayon is waiting for you to get back. eheheh


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