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Talon Para kay Mayon (Mayon Volcano, Albay): Photo of the Day

It’s not the first time that we’ve featured this sexy volcano, Mt. Mayon, better known as the world’s perfect volcano cone (we’ve wrestled with the use of “most perfect cone” and thought there’s no need to use “most” if it’s already “perfect”) . Mayon Volcano can be very coy, usually out of sight, covered by thick clouds most of the day. We’re going to let you in on a secret: go to Mount Mayon before 7:00 in the morning and you’ll have a better chance of seeing the volcano in all its glory. It’s worth every ounce of strength you summon to wake up real early. You’ll jump (“talon,” a Filipino word, means “jump”) when you see it, either out of sheer joy or for plain fun. Take, for instance, Kristine Labayen Reyes (check her Instagram account, @krissyseyer, for more photos), who captioned her photo below: “Jump for joy! Mayon volcano is out at last showing her perfect cone shape.” That’s one helluva split jump, don’t you think? [Click the photos to enlarge.] Continue reading Talon Para kay Mayon (Mayon Volcano, Albay): Photo of the Day

Mayon the Sexy Volcano: Photo of the Day

It’s not at all difficult to find a photo of Mt. Mayon, the world’s most perfect cone volcano found in Legaspi City, Albay. In fact, the centerpiece scene of the 2016 Miss World Philippines introduction video (watch here) is Mayon Volcano. Still, no matter how beautiful or majestic the view may be, seeing the same view every time makes it ordinary. And boring. Not Mayon Volcano, though. What keeps the view fresh, every time, is the endless angles to grab a photo, the reason why this photo by @hijo.de.ponggol (check his Instagram account for more beautiful photos), an amateur photographer, grabbed our attention. The focus, for us, is the gentle, sexy lower slope of the volcano. Yes, folks, curves can be sexy in volcanoes, or nature in general, as in women. Come to think of it, the Philippines is not only beautiful, it is abundantly sexy. Click the photo to enlarge. Continue reading Mayon the Sexy Volcano: Photo of the Day

Photo of the Day: Firedancing in Misibis Bay

Play with fire, the time-tested aphorism goes, and you’ll get burned. Holds true in life and relationships. Holds equally true with actual fire, but sometimes, just sometimes, some people train hard enough to master the fire dragon and play with it. And, boy, when they get the hang of it, they make it look so easy. This is why we have so much respect for fire dancers, this one captured in Misibis Bay (Bacacay, Albay) by Nix Gonzales (check and follow her Instagram account, @nix.gonzales). It’s a stunning sight to behold even if you’ve already seen it a million times. Tweak a little component of the experience, like the music or the beach on where it is performed, and you get an entirely different awesome show. Add good photography into the mix, just like what @nix.gonzales) accomplished in this shot, and you’ll have a memory that will last you through thick and thin. Firedancing also happens to be a source of living, like how we all earn from our work or professions, so next time you see a fire dancer do his/her stuff, give a generous tip. Click the photo to enlarge: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Firedancing in Misibis Bay

Misibis Nights and Misibis Bay

Misibis Bay, found in the island of Cagraray, is not exactly near Manila. Neither is the choice of this beach destination totally free of safety concerns, at least in the last few weeks, with Daragang Mayon’s most recent rumblings. This resort paradise, after all, basks in the shadow of the world’s most perfect cone volcano, Mt. Mayon, spewing lava in the past days, prompting the local government to evacuate residents in the volcano’s permanent danger zone. Of course, we very well know that travel does not come without risks — after seriously considering the cards dealt on us, we came to a doubt-free conclusion that Misibis Bay must be explored and, with the decision to make the trip more adventurous with a long drive, it turned out to be an experience of Misibis Bay by day and night. Continue reading Misibis Nights and Misibis Bay

The Cagsawa Ruins and the Beautiful Mayon Volcano

She’s so beautiful. The moment we emerged from the tree canopies and the clouds lifted, there she was, the perfect cone volcano that we’ve only read about. We’ve seen the photos. We’ve  heard the stories. But nothing prepared us for this moment. We were in awe upon seeing Mount Mayon. To use the more current language, OMG, she rocks, big time! That’s literally figuratively speaking. Continue reading The Cagsawa Ruins and the Beautiful Mayon Volcano

Historical Places in Sto. Domingo, Albay

The town of Sto. Domingo in the province of Albay is an old town, having been created as a municipality in 1749. Formerly named “Libog”, which is derived from the “libot” (in the Bicol dialect, the word means “roundabout”), it was created as a municipality in 1749, called Ibalon. In 1959, it was renamed to its patron saint, Saint Dominic of Guzman. Continue reading Historical Places in Sto. Domingo, Albay