Quick Facts on Daraga

  • LAND AREA: 118.64 km2 (45.81 sq mi)
  • POPULATION: 115,804 (As of 2010)
  • MAJOR INDUSTRY: Agriculture

Brief History

The word DARAGA according to legend, refers to a kind of tree which grew in abundance especially on the top of a hill where now stands its famous church.

The term Daraga, means maiden. During the 12th century, most of the migrants are traders and settlers. When the Spaniards came headed by Capt. Juan de Salcedo, they named the village Budiao, then giving birth to Cagsawa. In 1857, evangelization of the place and improvements were undertaken by the Franciscan missionaries. In 1595, Cagsawa was raised to the category of a “visita”, but attached to the town of Camalig. Fr. Alfonso de Jadraque was the first Parish Priest of Cagsawa. On June 12, 1872, the Spanish Governor General Simon de Anda transferred Cagsawa to a new settlement once called Salcedo and later renamed Daraga. In 1815, a government for the town was formally organized with Venancio Espiritu Salomon as first appointed Captain. Under the Becerra Law of 1892, Daraga became a district of Legazpi City. In 1922, Daraga regained her autonomy as ordered by the Philippine Assembly. On December 14, 1948 under Republic Act 306, Daraga was again incorporated to Legazpi City to become a district. On June 8, 1954, R.A. 993 was passed creating the Municipality of Daraga. In 1959, the name Daraga was changed to Locsin. On June 17, 1967, under R.A. 4994 Daraga was restored her name. in 1973 under PD 125 Daraga was declared a district of the City of Legazpi but this was yet to be implemented.

Tourist Destinations


For almost two centuries the Cagsawa Ruins has stood as a symbol of Bicol region’s impressive landscape, rich history and the people’s strength and resiliency to face and to rise from the ravages of Mother Nature.

Folklore states that originally Kagsawa was derived from the word “KAG” meaning owner and “SAWA” meaning python. Kagsawa could also mean excesses or too much. The February 1, 1814 Mayon eruption was said to be a divine justice for the people’s overindulgence.

The 1814 eruption was recorded to be worst eruption of Mt. Mayon. Some 1,200 people who took refuge and sought the sanctuary of the church during the eruption all died when the church was engulfed by the flowing lava.

Only the Cagsawa church belfry remains today. It is a grim reminder of the events that took place and many people come to see the belfry as a reminder of times past. Through all the developments done by the local government, the Cagsawa church belfry remains standing, with the giant stones spewed by Mt. Mayon around and with the history of the region buried underneath.

The place is now called Cagsawa Park. It is managed today by the municipal government of Daraga, Albay.

Cagsawa Park now boasts a modest sized swimming pool with plenty of loungers where visitors can laze and gaze at the majestic vista of Mt. Mayon.

Mode of Transportation (from Legazpi City)
Schedule of trips and transportation cost
Daily (6:00am-3:00pm)
Jeepney Php 15.00
Travel Time
45 minutes

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Our Lady of the Gate church,  Nuestra Señora de la Porteria parish was built in 1773 atop Sta. Maria Hill in Barangay San Roque with the view of Mayon volcano. It is one of the most visited churches,  known for its baroque architecture. Mode of Transportation (from Legazpi City)
Schedule of trips and transportation cost
Daily (6:00am-3:00pm)
Jeepney Php 8.00
Travel Time
30 minutes



Cagsawa Festival to mark the 199th anniversary of the February 1814 cataclysmic Mayon Volcano eruption that buried underground an entire community and its imposing Baroque Cagsawa Church, leaving above ground only its belfry.


Product How Much (Range of Prices) Outlet (Where to Buy)
Buri & Anahaw Php 8.00 up Daraga Market
Abaca bags & accessories Php 100.00 up Cagsawa Ruins
Pili 4 Sili Ice Cream Php 85. 00 up Colonial Grill

Kasurog Cops(483 - 3416)
Fire (483 - 3416)
Medical Emergency (483 - 5325)

Contact Person:
Cristina Agapita S. Pacres
Tourism Officer
LGU - Daraga, Albay
Tel. No 435-3603

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Page last updated: October 12, 2017