The Majestic Mayon Volcano: Philippine Travel Stories

The world’s most perfect cone volcano, you’ll find in the Philippines. It’s called Mount Mayon or Mayon Volcano. We have articles on the history of Mayon Volcano (The Cagsawa Ruins and the Beautiful Mayon Volcano and the Legend of Daragang Mayon. We also have a number of featured photos on Mt. Mayon (Talon Para Kay Mayon (Mayon Volcano, Albay), Mayon the Sexy Volcano, and In the Shadow of Mayon Volcano, The Cagsawa Extreme ATV Adventure), but we can’t resist having another piece for more VisitPinas-tagged Instagram photos on Mt. Mayon. Prepare to rumble. Here we go!

Passing Through

On a good day, trekkers are allowed inside Mayon. The danger zone restrictions are raised during times when Mount Mayon is grumpy. You can go trekking, or you can simply pass through using a all-terrain vehicle (ATV), like in this photo by franchelalala (check her Instagram account, @franchelalala, for more photos).

Harvest Season

“Harvest season begins,” notes Stranger. Storyteller (check his awesome Instagram feed, @walkthisplanet, for more photos) in this beautiful photo of rice fields, filled with ripe grains ready for harvest, with the majestic Mayon at the background.

Old Architecture

Mayon Volcano is in Bicol, home to century-old churches in all their architectural glory. Mayon Volcano can be seen from some of these churches, providing an interesting contrast between a creation of man and a creation of nature. Roscel Alegado (check her Instagram feed, @otingboting, for more photos) captures a nice photo of the Mayon Volcano from the Daraga Church.

In the previous post on the Daraga Church, as part of our itinerary from Manila to Legaspi and Donsol way back in 2011, we noted that renovation of the Church of Daraga was ongoing, with funding from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). Time and the elements have again taken their toll on this structure.

Like Lava Flowing

And just like that, from the time we made the call for your Mount Mayon photos, the VisitPinas-tagged photos flowed like lava in Instagram. Here’s a lovely geyl together with the stunning Mayon, Geyl (check her Instagram feed, @geyligeyl, for more photos):

“No filter needed to show the awesome beauty of Mount Mayon. I hope I am not ruining the view for being on sight.” No, our dear Joy (check her Instagram feed, @greenapplebreak, for more photos), you’re not ruining the view, and, yes, Mayon will always be beautiful even without filters (and even if behind those who thinks they are ruining the shot). Kidding, love. Here:

Here’s another one, from Leo Padilla (check his Instagram feed, @imleopadilla, for more photos).

Is it just us? Or people really prefer to pose on the left side of Mayon?

Hide and Seek

Mayon plays hide-and-seek with travelers. Go after around 7 in the morning, and you’ll probably see a cloud-covered ghost of a perfect cone, like the photo below by Jamie M. Tarongoy (check her Instagram feed, @jamietarongoy, for more photos). We know this can be a huge source of consternation for others, but we’re sure that’s not the reason for Jamie’s musings in her photo:

“Ang tingin ng iba kapag bumabiyahe mag-isa loner, malungkot, nagmomove-on o di kaya naghahanap ng forever. Dapat ba talaga may backstory? Hindi ba pwedeng “I just want to enjoy life”. May kanya kanya tayong pangarap na gustong tuparin, mga lugar na gustong marating. Ang oras tumatakbo ganoon din edad natin. Hindi pwedeng palagi nalang tayong nakadepende sa iba at maghintay kung kailan sila ready. Kung ano gusto mo, gawin mo, di bale ng mag-isa. Ang dami mong madiscover hindi lang lugar, kundi sa sarili mo, mga bagay na akala mo hindi mo kaya, pero kaya mo pala. Kapag nagsosolo travel mas lalo mo ding maaappreciate yong mga simpleng bagay. Actually, hindi ka naman totoong nag-iisa, ang daming tao sa mundo, naghihintay na maging kaibigan mo.”

Tindi ng hugot, parang nagmo-move on? Kidding, Jamie. Just keep on exploring, solo or not!

Through the Boulevard

Speaking of hugot lines, there’s this old song by Dan Byrd, Boulevard, with this chorus: “Never knew that it would go so far, When you left me on that boulevard, Come again you would release my pain, And we could be lovers again.” Welllll, imagine singing the tune along Legazpi Boulevard, in Legazpi, Albay, with the grand Mount Mayon on the background, as we see in this photo by WOMen (check her Instagram account, @wemen728, for more photos). People will stare at you, sure, but do you care? Go ahead, sing.

Through a Plane

Here’s something uncommon — Mt. Mayon as soon through the eyes of an airline passenger, photo courtesy of reeve (check her Instagram feed, @reevesandigan, for more photos).


This is the view of Mayon Volcano from Quituinan Hills, Camalig, Albay, photo courtesy of Fr. Jboy Gonzales, SJ (check his Instagram account, @jboygonzalessj, for more photos).

Fr. Jboy shares this wonderful story: “In 2001, this day, I was ordained a priest. And it made all the difference. It is good to look back at the very reason I left home from here, at my hometown in 1985. So much has changed. So much has been given. AMDG.” Well, thank you, too, Father, for giving back, including your awesome photos to showcase the beauty of the Philippines.

Sun and Moon

There are times, awesome times, when the moon is still visible in the early hours after night crosses into day. It’s truly a sight to behold. When you add the majestic Mayon Volcano in the mix, you’ll find someone breathtaking, like what we see in this photo by Jhay-Ann Santos (check her Instagram account, @belleofjune, for more photos), Mt. Mayon as seen from Daraga, Albay.

Cagsawa Ruins

Equally iconic is the Cagsawa Ruins. In our previous post (The Cagsawa Ruins and the Beautiful Mayon Volcano), we noted that the most destructive recorded eruption of Mayon Volcano was on 1 February 1814. The people from the town of Cagsawa, found at the foot of the volcano, sought refuge in the church. The pyroclastic flow unfortunately destroyed the whole town, including the church and the adjoining convent. Only the church tower survived. Some 1,200 people perished in Cagsawa during that eruption.

The standard photo of Mayon comes with the Cagsawa Ruins, as we can see in this photo by Sheng Amurao (check her Instagram account, @shengamu, for more photos).

[We’ll revise this article, so tag us with your Mayon photos and stories.]

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