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The Cagsaua Church in Legazpi, Albay




On my over-the-weekend trip to Legazpi City in Albay for a talk, we were able to visit a few historical spots and one of them was the sunken Church of Cagsaua.

Cagsaua, Camalig, Legazpi

Although the weather wasn’t really cooperating with us, I was able to take several pictures of the place. A steel plaque was affixed by the Philippine Historical Committee on the outer wall of the church tower in 1954. It says…

Philippine Historical Committee




Church of Cagsaua

The Spiritual Administration of Cagsaua from 1587 to 1595 was under the Parish of Camalig. An early church was burned, 25 July 1636, by the Dutch who ransacked the tonws bordering Legazpi Bay. This church, built after 172 by Fray Francisco Blanco, O.F.M., was buried by rocks and lava during the eruption of Mayon Volcano on February 1, 1814.

Decided to incorporate their town as part of Daraga. The first centenary of the destruction of the church was commemorated, February 1, 1914, with a huge pilgrimage to the ruins where a high mass was celebrated.

Cagsaua Church

It was raining real hard and the Mayon Volcano at the backgroud was still and quiet with clouds looming at the peak.




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