Mayon is one of the most active volcanoes of the Philippines. It can also be counted as one of the most beautiful mountains in the world because of its almost perfect shape. No doubt, it has become one of the most iconic landmarks of the Philippines.
Because of its awe-inspiring majesty, it draws thousands of tourists from near and far to Albay Province where it is located, some 553 kilometers southeast of Manila. Rising 2,421 meters above sea level with slopes averaging 35-40 degrees, it dominates the landscape of Bicol Region and overlooks Albay Gulf in the east, Lagonoy Gulf in the northeast and Ragay Gulf in the west. Five towns and three cities are found around its immediate vicinity. (Please see map below) These towns and cities which include Legaspi, Ligao, and Tabaco are in constant danger of being victimized by the volcano’s eruption. On the other hand, the volcano provides economic as well cultural benefits to the people of these towns and cities and to Bicol Region as a whole. Aside from drawing tourists to the region, it provides fertile soil to its surrounding farms.
As an active volcano, Mayon billows smoke on a daily basis which reminds everyone that it may erupt at any time. Its eruption in 1814 is considered as the most destructive. The ruins of Cagsawa with only the bell tower of a church remained standing is a testament of the volcano’s fury. There were at least 50 recorded eruptions, the latest of which was in January, 2018.
On November 21, 2000, President Joseph Estrada proclaimed Mayon Volcano as a Natural Park under Republic Act 7586.
Mount Mayon is home to several rare and endangered flora and fauna species. Aside from its spectacular view, climbing the volcano presents real challenge. From time to time, the Department of tourism sponsors mountain climbing expeditions. For average mountaineers, it takes 2 days and 1 night to reach the summit with stop-over in different campsites.
Here are some photos of the Volcano from around the internet:
Map of Mayon Volcano