Transfer to the airport for your flight to Legazpi City. Visit the WWII Japanese Tunnel before exploring Daraga Church. Finally, proceed to Cagsawa Ruins, where there is a souvenir shop for local crafts and delicacies. Overnight in Legazpi.
Overnight in Siama Hotel, Legazpi
Meal plan: Breakfast
Home to black sand beaches, ancient buildings and beautiful religious architecture, Legazpi is known for its volcano Mount Mayon, the most active volcano in the Philippines. It is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire and attracts visitors to its National Park where they get stunning panoramic views of Legazpi. Legazpi is also known as 'the city of fun and adventure' as there are plenty of historical buildings and ruins to explore such as the Cagsawa Ruins.
Also known as 'Our Lady of the Gate Parish Church', Daraga Church was built after Mount Mayon destroyed the one in Cagsawa. It is regarded as a crowning glory of religious architecture in the Albay province and stands as a testament of resilience and faith of the Bicolano people. Built from volcanic rock, the details of the facade has been eroded from over 200 years of exposure to the elements. To save it, a lime coating have been applied and it is hoped that the church will stand for years to come.
Built in 1724, by Fransican friars to replace the church that had been previously destroyed by Dutch pirates, the Cagsawa ruins are a popular tourist attraction and are considered to be a powerful symbol of the dangers of living next to a volcano. It was destroyed in 1814, by Mount Mayon's most destructive eruption. Instead of just spouting lava, the majestic volcano released black ash which bombarded the nearby village of Cagsawa, burying it under several hundred million cubic of ash.Hundreds of the town's inhabitants sought refuge in the church, but were eventually killed by the currents of hot air and ash or the flow of debris coming down from the volcano. Today, only the belfry and part of the convent still stands as the facade of the structure collapsed due to earthquakes in the early 1950s.