The first news I heard when I woke up this morning was about the ash explosion of Mt. Mayon that killed 5 people. Mt. Mayon is known for its near-perfect cone shape and is the most active volcano in the country. Reading the news, I recalled my experience of seeing Mt. Mayon for the first time, it was 2 years ago. I was still on the plane and I didn’t expect to see such majestic mountain straight from the plane’s window. She is grand and powerful, you can’t just ignore her. She makes herself visible anywhere you go within Legazpi or Albay. Mayon is a Bicolano word for beautiful, and this mountain definitely deserves to be called such name. But this beautiful volcano has killed thousands of people since the time it first erupted in 1616.
View of the volcano from Daraga Church