Feb 13, 2013

Camiguin Day Tour:Guiob Church Ruins

After our lunch of pancit canton and monay, we continued with our Camiguin Day tour, already ready and eager to go.  It was starting to rain, but what is a little rain anyway?  So the next stop was the Guiob Church Ruins.  It was church built from corals but was destroyed during the eruption of Mt. Vulcan in 1871. See what is in the marker below.
Inside the ruins, a small chapel was built for people to say their prayers. A chapel inside a church ruins, best describes us a people. We will always find a reason to build again.
The church walls that still stood up to this day, covered with moss. It is still a beautiful reminder of how the church stood before.
The old bell towel can be seen in the photo below.
Behind the church and near its walls stood this giant tree.
Can you imagine how big it is now?
A long shot, so you can appreciate the structure of the church and the tree, and how vast the ruins are.
These are the walls of the church and the convent.  The grounds is covered by grass.
The inscription in the marker reads:

A Brief Account of Mt. Vulcan Eruption
Cotta Bato, the capital of Camiguin Island was a quiet and attractive town verdant in its natural wonders. Its peaceful shores provided strolling grounds for the inhabitants as they basked under the gracious moonlight.  Suddenly...
Tranquility came to a halt as a subterranean rumbling sowed indescribable terror.  Hundreds of houses and the churches crumbled into pieces, the ground rolled and broke into deep crevices with horrifying earthquake served only as prelude to the destructive climax, a cataclysm never witnessed before Mt. Vulcan gave out its fiercest and most violent outbreak. 
Cotta Bato was but a dreadful pile of ruins.  The single volcanic eruption buried a beautiful town into obscurity.
Hundred of lives were lost while the survivors sought refuge in the open country that gave them hope for tomorrow.

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