The day was drawing to a close and I was still in pursuit of satisfying my longing to capture a nice photo of the iconic Mayon Volcano. I’ve already spent the day transiting between a few vantage points in Legazpi City, Albay but the elusive Daragang Mayon had covered itself in a veil of clouds, restricting a clear view of its full grandeur. I reserved the sunset hours for my visit to the Cagsawa Church ruins in nearby Daraga town. On my way, I decided to do a quick stop over at the Daraga Church. Many Daraga-bound jeeps can be found plying along the stretch of Rizal Avenue in Legazpi City. I alighted near the municipal hall of Daraga and followed the uphill path to the the church. I was already getting a bit exhausted from the climb but my spirit was instantly invigorated when I caught sight of the church’s beautiful facade and, more so, Daragang Mayon finally clearing up.

Daraga Church (Our Lady of the Gate Parish)

Daraga Municipal Hall

Stairs going to Daraga Church

Daraga Church (Our Lady of the Gate Parish)

The Daraga Church was believed to be built as a replacement of the ill-fated church in Cagsawa, which now lay in ruins after the devastating eruption of Mayon Volcano in 1814. My eyes were instantly drawn to the artistry of Daraga Church’s sculptural carvings embossed in its facade, a contrast from the simplicity of the St. Gregory the Great Cathedral in Legazpi City. Its towering bell tower also worked beautifully to complement its exaggerated style.

Leading up the steps to get a closer inspection, I was surprised to see a breathtaking view of the Mayon Volcano.

Daraga Church with Mayon Volcano

Daraga Church Facade

Full view of Daraga Church Exteriors

Daraga Church Belfry

Mayon Volcano viewed from Daraga Church

The vista was awesome but it could’ve been even better if not for the rooftop of buildings surrounding the foothills. I then rushed down to the highway to catch a ride going to Cagsawa Ruins. I was hoping to get there before sunset to take advantage of the clear view of Mayon.