Camalig Church Revisited 2021

I have visited Camalig Church numerous times already. The most recent was during the 6th day of our 2019 Bicol Road Trip adventure. 

Camalig Church Revisited 2021

This time, I got to revisit Camalig Church during the 4th day of our 2021 Bicol Road Trip. There has not been much of a change inside the church but it is evident that the COVID 19 pandemic did affect the town as the then lively church grounds are now visited by only a handful of its faithful. Regardless, Camalig Church remains to be one of Albay's most beautiful religious structures. For those who are unfamiliar with the history of the church, let me share with you some of its details again. Please read on...

Camalig Church details

Camalig Church - Camalig, Albay

For those who are not familiar with Camalig Church, it's located on B. Buena Street near the Maharlika Highway in the heart of the town of Camalig, Albay. The church is formally called Saint John the Baptist Church and was built sometime in 1605 under the supervision of the Augustinian priests. 

Camalig Church facade

Camalig Church Saint John the Baptist Church 

Camalig Church NHI Marker

Images of saints are displayed in the facade of Camalig Church

Camalig Church was spared from the famed 1814 Mayon Volcano eruption that devastated the neighboring town of Cagsawa. However, the townspeople of Camalig still decided to evacuate leaving behind their homes and the church at the mercy of Father Time and Mother Nature.

Camalig Church interior

Camalig Church altar

Camalig Church's Saint's Room

Camalig Church Baptismal font

Camalig Church garden

It took some time before they decided to return and when they did, they found Camalig Church still intact waiting to serve their spiritual needs. The church then underwent major renovations in 1842 and this time rocks from Mayon Volcano were used. The renovation lasted until 1848. The locals continued to help beautify the church by donating different things like the marble holy water fonts and the crystal chandelier near the altar that you can still see at present. 

Inside Camalig Church

Today, Camalig Church remains to be one of the most beautiful churches in the province. 

Camalig Church Admission Fee:

It's FREE to enter and explore Camalig Church and its grounds.

Camalig Church Mass Schedule:

Schedule of masses starting June 1, 2020

Anticipated mass
6:00 AM
8:00 AM
10:00 AM

When attending mass please observe the following : 

1. Foot Bath 
2. Temperature check 
3. Alcohol Wash 
4. Face mask
5. Social Distancing

Why visit Camalig Church?

Camalig Church is one of the historic churches in the province of Albay. This church is a must-include in any pilgrimage or Visita Iglesia in the province.

Getting to Camalig Church:

From Manila, board a bus heading to Legazpi City. Once there, look for a jeepney that plies the Legazpi-Camalig route. tell the driver to drop you near the vicinity of the church. From there you could reach the church on foot.

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