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Porta Mariae - Camarines Sur

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Located in the corner of Paz Street and Barlin Street in front of the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral in Naga City in the province of Camarines Sur, Porta Mariae is a commemorative arch built to celebrate the 300 years of Bicolano devotion to Our Lady of Penafrancia. Porta Mariae Porta Mariae details Although it's fairly a new attraction to the city, it's slowly gaining fame due to its "background-ish" nature. What I mean is, it serves as a great backdrop to any pictures. As a matter of fact Porta Mariae as grandeur as the cathedral.  Porta Mariae - Naga City, Camarines Sur Visitors and pilgrims would often leave positive comments about how the arch gives a regal feel once they enter the vicinity of Naga Metropolitan Cathedral . Porta Mariae stands 36 feet high and 59 feet wide Porta Mariae is a solar-powered arc.  For those who don't know Porta Mariae  is the Latin for Marian Gate . It was built and formally opened on the 9th of September 2010. The

Daraga Church - Albay

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Located in Santa Maria Street in the municipality of Daraga in the province of Albay, Daraga Church is the crowning glory of religious architecture in Albay. Daraga Church Daraga Church History Daraga Church is also known as the  Our Lady of the Gate Church . It was declared a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum on October 29, 2007. Daraga Church - Daraga, Albay Daraga Church NHI marker Daraga Church facade Daraga Church bell tower Team Nicerio visits Daraga Church Daraga Church was built by Franciscan missionaries in Daraga which was then a barrio of the older town of Cagsawa. However, after Mayon Volcano's 1814 eruption which buried the majority of the town of Cagsawa,  survivors relocated to Daraga. The barrio was then formally organized as a town in 1815. Afterward, the town became the center of trade and commerce in the province of Albay. A view of Mayon from inside Daraga Church Daraga Church interior Daraga Church baptismal

Albay: Cagsawa Ruins

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Located in the municipality of Daraga in the province of Albay,  Cagsawa Ruins are the remnants of the Cagsaua Church that was destroyed by the eruption of Mayon Volcano in 1814. Cagsaua Church was built sometime in the 1720s in the supervision of Franciscan Friars. The church was said to be the replacement for the church that was burned by the Dutch in 1636. NHI marker The church was said to have been built with a baroque architectural design like most old churches in the country. The design was said to protect the structure from damages that could be done by earthquakes. However, given this "earthquake-proof" design, the church was not designed to withstand tons of ash and pyroclastic flow from Mayon Volcano. The 1814 eruption of Mayon Volcano that killed an estimated 1200 people also spelled the doom for the church.  One part of the ruins Another part of the church ruins The story goes that hundreds of villagers sought refuge inside the church dur

Cape Engano Lighthouse - Cagayan

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Located in Palaui Island in the town of Sta. Ana in the province of Cagayan, Cape Engaño Lighthouse is one of the lighthouses built by the Spaniards in Northern Luzon. Cape Engano Lighthouse History Also known as  Faro de Cabo  Engaño . The lighthouse was constructed on the 21st of September 1888 and was finished on the 31st of December 1892. It sits atop the summit of Mt. Kabo (it's a hill by the way) 92 meters above sea-level. It has a 360-degree view of Bashi Channel, Pacific Ocean, and  Engaño Cove. Cape Engano Lighthouse Cape Engano Lighthouse as seen from the boat ride Cape Engano Lighthouse NHI marker Check out the picturesque view The Dos Hermanos Islands as seen from inside the tower The lighthouse was initially designed by Engineer Magin Pers y Pers . He also designed the lighthouse in Cape Bojeador and Capones Island. We visited the lighthouse as part of our Palaui Island tour. It's the only man-made structure that you'd see when you&#

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