No trip to Bicol would be complete without seeing the majestic Mayon Volcano. After spending the Lenten holiday in Caramoan, we traveled back to Naga on Easter Sunday and made a side trip to Legaspi for our pilgrimage to the Cagsawa Ruins. It was more than a three-hour bus ride from Naga to Cagsawa, and clouds already veiled Mayon when we arrived. Vendors told us that the best way to see Mayon is early in the morning. But we didn't give up and waited for a glimpse of its perfect cone.
This was my second visit to Cagsawa Ruins---the first was a few years ago during one of Mayon's hiccups. To witness an actual volcano eruption was both frightening and breathtaking, and the danger was very real. Mayon Volcano is the most active of the active volcanoes in the Philippines, having erupted over 49 times in the past 400 years. Its last eruption was in December 2009. Famous for its perfect cone, Mayon was included in the New Seven Wonders of Nature top 10 list in 2008.
The Cagsawa Ruins and its surroundings are the remains of communities buried in lava during the 1814 eruption. The church belfry was the lone witness of the devastation and tragedy---more than a thousand people sought shelter in the church and no one survived.
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