If you want to see real ruins of an old church destroyed by the forces of nature, I suggest you to check out this attraction. I'm sure you'll be amazed by its splendid view.
I got the opportunity to visit this magnificent ruins which is one of the tourist attractions in Camiguin Island during our Camiguin Trip last October 26-27, 2011 with my nurse guests from Qatar and one of our itineraries is the Catarman Church Ruins also known as the Gui-ob Church Ruins.
"CATARMAN CHURCH RUINS-famous for the name Ruins of Gui-ob Church located in Barangay Bonbon, 16 kilometers from the center of Catarman town. What remains are ruins of adobe walls, belfry and convent that are testimonials to the devastating 1871 earthquake and volcanic eruption which wiped out the illustrious town of Catarman established earlier as a Spanish settlement in 1697."
"A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF MT. VOLCAN ERUPTION MAY 13, 1871
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 its inhabitants as they basked under the gracious moonlight, Suddenly....
Tranquility came to a halt as a sub-terranean rumbling sowed undescribable tower. Hundreds of houses and the churches crumbled into pieces, the ground rolled and broke into deep crewoes with horrifying earthquake served only as prelude to the destructive climax, a estaclysm never witnesses beicle Mt. Volcan 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 absourity.
Hundreds of lives were lost while the survivors sought refuge in the open country that gave them hope for tomorrow."
Now, that's the history of the Ruins of Gui-ob Church. So, if you want to visit the Camiguin Island, don't forget to include this attraction to your itineraries.
Now I can say with a smile, "I've been here and will be coming back again."
Check the photos I captured below: