Daraga Church Revisited 2021

The last time I visited Daraga Church was during the 4th day of our CamSur - Albay Road Trip last 2014. Since that's almost a decade ago, I made sure to include it in our itinerary for the 8th day of our 2021 Bicol Road Trip

Daraga Church Revisited 2021

Daraga Church details

For those who are unfamiliar with Daraga Church, it is located in Santa Maria Street, Daraga in the province of Albay. The church is formally called Nuestra Senora de la Porteria Parish Church (Our Lady of the Gate Parish Church).

Daraga Church - Daraga, Albay

Daraga Church was built under the supervision of the Franciscans sometime in 1773. the church was placed under the patronage of the Our Lady of the Gate.

Daraga Church Facade

Sadly, Mayon Volcano was not visible during our visit

Daraga Church NHI Marker

Can you spot the scary tarsier?

The church facade is known for its Churrigueresque architectural style. It was built using materials that are abundant in the area like volcanic rock, wood, and nipa. Currently, the distinctive white facade of Daraga Church is the result of lime coating which was applied to protect it from deterioration. 

Daraga Church altar

Inside Daraga Church

Daraga Church baptismal font

Daraga Church Saint's Hall

Daraga Church garden

1950 photo of Daraga Church

Daraga Church was not spared from the horrors of World War 2. It sustained heavy damage during an American bombing raid sometime in 1945. After the war, the locals hastily renovated it using a mix of Mexican Baroque and Renaissance Gothic styles. The church was then redesigned from 1971 to 1973 to follow the norms of the Vatican II council. 

Team Nicerio revisits Daraga Church

Team Nicerio visits Daraga Church

In 2007, parts of Daraga Church are listed by the National Museum of the Philippines as National Cultural Treasure. These are; the church's eastern and western facade, belfry, and baptistery. 

Daraga Church Entrance Fee

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

Daraga Church Mass Schedule

Daraga Church Mass Schedule

Monday - Saturday: 6:15-7:15AM / 5:30-6:30PM
Sunday: 5-6AM / 6:30-7:30AM / 8-9AM / 5:30-6:30PM / 7-8PM

Why visit Daraga Church?

Daraga Church is one of the most beautiful Spanish colonial-era churches in Albay. It is also one of the best places to view the majestic Mayon Volcano. You should include Daraga Church in your upcoming Visita Iglesias.

Getting to Daraga Church:

Ride a bus heading to Legazpi City. Inform the conductor to drop you off at Daraga near the church. Once there, you can either walk up the church or ride a tricycle.




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