Guiob Church Ruins
The century-old Camel Thorn tree at the Guiob Church Ruins in Camiguin. The Old Church Ruins of Camiguin is one of the oldest and unique structures in the island. Old because it was built sometime in the 16th century. Unique because it is made from coral stones. It was later turned to ruins by the 1871 Vulcan eruption.
Guiob Church Ruins was what was left from the old church of the island’s Spanish era capital called Cotta Bato located in Barangay Bonbon, 16 kilometers from the center of Catarman town. It was constructed in the 16th century but devastated in 1871 earthquake and volcanic eruption which wiped out the illustrious town of Catarman established earlier as a Spanish settlement in 1697.". On May 13, 1871, the capital’s peace was rattled by an intense trembling of the ground brought about by the rumbling of a nearby volcano, Mount Vulcan.