The Mayon Volcano
The Mayon Volcano is one of the seventh natural wonders of the world because of its almost perfect cone. It is situated in my home province of Albay, which is a part of the Bicol Region of the Philippines. It is surrounded with eight municipalities namely: Legaspi City, Daraga, Camalig, Guinobatan, Ligao City (my hometown), Tabaco City, Malilipot, and Santo Domingo. It is approximately 8,077 feet high. In fact the volcano was formed through volcanic rock fragments and lava flows from the past volcanic eruptions.
Mayon Volcano is an active volcano. It is the most active in the Philippines. It is used to erupt every ten years but now, it erupts almost every three to eight years. According to recorded history, it has erupted for forty-nine times. The first recorded eruption was in 1616 and the latest eruption was November 30, 2006.
In my Philippines History class when I was in high school, l learned that in the year 1716 was the most destructive eruption of the Mayon Volcano. The whole town of Cagsawa was buried with different size of pyroclastic materials from the volcano. The belfry of the town’s church was the only visible remains of the whole community.
They are used to the fiery tantrum of the volcano. For them, it is just a part of natural cycle of life, so people still built their houses proximate to the perimeter of the volcano. The volcanic soil made the area very suitable to farming because of the fertility of the soil. In the lowland area of the volcano, you will see rice field and coconut plantation with varieties of fruits and vegetables.
Despite the danger of this volcano may create, many still enjoy and happy to live nearby it. Many tourists from domestic and from all over all over the world come to see this fascinating view of the marvelous volcano. Definitely, gives fabulous pleasure to millions of viewers.