The first tweet, “She showed her full regal (and deadly) beauty. Lovely Mt.Mayon!” was enough to describe the most active volcano in the Philippines.
I was just staring at her for minutes; I can’t believe that she was that close to me. The details was so clear- the route of lavas, the vegetation, the rugged terrain, the communities around and the small billowing smoke on its crater.
But behind her regal beauty is the sad truth that it has claimed thousands of lives in the past, has displaced a lot of communities and buried the Cagsawa Church almost two centuries ago. It has recorded a total of 64 eruptions already and only time will tell when will the 65th will be.
It was my second time in Albay, home of the majestic Mayon Volcano and it didn’t disappoint. The first was 8 years ago, still in college and was unfortunate to see only the mountain’s foothill because the mountain was enveloped by clouds.
I am not surprised when this perfect-coned volcano would continue to land on magazine covers and postcards. After all, she is really Magayon, Bicol’s local term for beautiful. I for one was stunned by her splendor even while I was still in the airplane. I actually took a total of 19 photos while on board.
Locals say that Mayon only shows her full beauty to travelers with a pure conscience, so I guess the beautiful mountain saw someone with it. hahaha
Travel Tip: Mt. Mayon can be seen early morning before (and sometimes late afternoon before sunset). Be sure to visit Albay at those times.
How about you, have you seen Mayon Volcano in her full beauty?
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BICOL SERIES. Happened last September 21-26, 2011, this series of short blog posts about my travels in Albay, Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur will surely whet everyone’s desire to try and visit the home of Mt. Mayon, CWC, pristine beaches and more.