I only see it on postcards and history books. Everytime I think about Mayon volcano, this image is what comes to the depth of my brain's capacity to imagine and recall. It is the Cagsawa Ruins. The one with the old ruined belfry and the almost perfect cone Mayon volcano at the background. Nothing else but this is really the set up that I can see at the back of my mind.
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Entering the area is not an easy task. You have to take that narrow rough road [but construction of road is on its way] with some muddy parts, worse if it is raining. You also need to cross a river with large volcanic rocks that seemed to hinder us from entering the site.
The victims of the eruptions surely have no capability to predict what might happen in the future after that 1814 eruption but whenever they are right now, I am pretty sure they'll be happy to see the vibrant economy of Albay and one factor to this is tourism brought by the famed Cagsawa Ruins, a symbol of tragic past where they were once a victim.
Inside and outside the premises of Cagsawa Ruins is a thriving industry. Stalls for souvenir items are popping out like a mushroom benefiting some organizations and people making those products sold to tourists.
The set-up is now different. The religious aspect in the area has no room for the tourists because they are not here to pray, there are here to have fun - for leisure and enjoyment. The once religious place has now transformed as a commercialized area taking advantage of the great deals that tourism can bring.