Daraga Church: A Traveler’s Guide to Visiting Albay’s Historical Attraction

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Mention Albay and the first thing that comes to mind is the stunning Mayon Volcano. While the perfect cone-shaped volcano is undoubtedly the most popular attraction in the province, there are other beautiful and historical tourist spots that deserve to be noticed. One of which is the Daraga Church. 

Also known as the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Porteria, Daraga Church is set on a hill splendidly overlooking Mayon Volcano and the sea, boasting a beautiful facade perfect for picture-taking. But what really interests travelers about it is the Daraga Church history, which we will discuss later.

Daraga Church Location

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Our Lady of the Gate Parish, also known as Daraga Church, is located in a bustling town right above the top hill at Sta. Maria Street, Daraga, Albay in Bicol Region. 

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Learn about the history of Daraga Church and other interesting things through this travel guide.

Daraga Church History

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The history of Daraga Church goes way back to the 1700s. This baroque-style church was built in 1773 by Franciscan missionaries at the time when Daraga was a part of Cagsawa. This church did not just serve as a place for worship but also a shelter for the victims of the Mayon Volcano eruption. 

When Mayon erupted in 1814, one of the most tragic incidents in history, Cagsawa and four nearby towns were devastated, killing around 2,000 people. The Cagsawa Ruins we see today is a testament of how catastrophic the eruption was. From a church, what only remains is the belfry of Cagsawa Church.

Because of the town’s destruction brought by the eruption, survivors moved to Daraga. In 1815, Vernando Espiritu Salomon was appointed the first captain of the newly-formed government of Daraga. 

How to get there

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From Legazpi City, Daraga is about 6 kilometers away from the city. Take a Daraga-Legazpi jeepney and tell the driver to drop you off at Daraga municipal hall. From the Daraga Municipal Hall, take the stairs leading to the church.

If you’re coming from Cagsawa, take the jeepney to Legazpi City and alight at Jollibee Daraga. Then, from Jollibee, Daraga Church is just a few blocks away.

Daraga Church Map

Check this Daraga Church map to be guided accordingly.

Frequently Asked Questions About Daraga Church

Q: Where is Daraga Church located?

A: Daraga Church is located on a bustling town right above the top hill at Sta. Maria Street, Daraga, Albay in Bicol Region. 

Q: How to get to Daraga Church?

A: From Legazpi City, Daraga is about 6 kilometers away from the city. Take a Daraga-Legazpi jeepney and tell the driver to drop you off at Daraga municipal hall. From the Daraga Municipal Hall, take the stairs leading to the church.

If you’re coming from Cagsawa, take the jeepney to Legazpi City and alight at Jollibee Daraga. Then, from Jollibee, Daraga Church is just a few blocks away.

Q: Is Albay open for tourists?

A: As of writing, the province of Albay is temporarily closing its borders for leisure travelers due to the rise of COVID-19 cases in the country. Only essential travel is allowed.

Source: Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara

Q: Where to go in Bicol?

A: Here are some of the most beautiful Bicol tourist spots you should explore for a fun and memorable vacation.

  1. Mayon Volcano
  2. Calaguas Island
  3. Caramoan Island
  4. Cagsawa Ruins
  5. Daraga Church
  6. Donsol
  7. Ligñon Hill Nature Park

Read this for the complete list: 15 Must-Visit Bicol Tourist Spots That Will Unleash The Adventurer in You

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