Budiao Church ruins excavated after more than 200 years
ALBAY, Philippines (UPDATED) – Archaeologists from the University of the Philippines (UP) are excavating the ruins of the historic Budiao Church, which were buried during Mayon volcano's deadliest eruption in 1814.
The Budiao Ruins are located in Bañadero village. Only the walls of the church remain visible.
According to municipal tourism officer Angela Marie Pacres, the excavation started last April 23.
"They want to see if there are remaining artifacts and check if the Budiao [Church] was truly buried by the volcano's eruption in 1814," she said.
Evangelina Recto, who is leading the UP team, said they want to assess the structural development of the stone chambers, building materials and techniques, and what's left of floor furnishing and fittings.
Residents of Bañadero and Budiao continue to visit the Budiao Ruins site, which is eyed as a new tourist destination in the province, alongside the Cagsawa Ruins. (READ: 6 spots in Albay that are safe for sightseeing)
"The Budiao Church ruins would be a new tourist destination of the municipality of Daraga and of the province of Albay. The church archaeology of Budiao is the newest contribution to Philippine archaeology," said site director Leee Anthony Neri.
The Budiao Ruins is about 25 kilometers away from the Cagsawa Ruins, which would be up for excavation next, according to Pacres.
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