The Perfect Cone-Shaped Mayon Volcano of Albay, Philippines

Mayon volcano is one of the magnificent and mesmerizing tourist spots here in our place, it is a kind of a Strato-volcano or a composite volcano, its lava is composed of has a high silica content and high viscosity, and is mainly andesitic as a mere fact. 

Tourist Spot in Albay, Philippines
Photo Credit: Rico De Mesa Manallo
It is categorized as an active volcano with a "perfect cone" symmetrical shape. It is located at the northern boundary of Legazpi City, which is known as the largest city in terms of population in the Bicol Region as shown in consensus.

It has local folklore about the legendary heroine Daragang Magayon which died and buried and after some time the tomb where the princess was buried is where Mayon volcano grew. That's why in Legazpi City celebrates the Magayon Festival for the remembrance and respect of the legendary heroine Daragang Magayon.


In our place it is our landmark for Albay Province, Philippines, its location and altitude rises from 2,462 meters (8,077 ft) to the shores of the Gulf of Albay about 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) away. It is capped by a small central summit crater when you can see the billowing cloud of smokes coming from it.

According to for some facts, Mayon volcano is the most active volcano in the Philippines which had erupted 48 times in the history almost 4 centuries or 400 years. Its first eruption was on February 1616 recorded by a Dutch traveler named Joris van Spilbergen. And the most destructive eruption of Mayon volcano was on February 1, 1814, that produces dark ashes and that bombarded the town with tephra which is a ( fragmentary material produced by every volcano that erupts) this caused to buried the town of Cagsawa that killed more than 1200 people and dilapidated several towns in the territory.

Advocating our place is a big challenge for us to increase the percentage of visitors here in our place, to increase employment and to be known by the world in terms of natural beauty and wonders. Every breaking dawn you will see the smokes billowing from its crater forming clouds and mist around it symmetrical body that’s why it is a most popular tourist destination in the Bicol Region and I'm proud that is our hometown.

It places several times in the seven wonders of nature and the best time to visit our place are the months of March and May, or in a short-term, the best way to visit Mayon Volcano is during "summer" not rainy days and months like November to January. There are several expeditions and courses that you will surely enjoy!

As a Resident Living Beneath Mayon Volcano

Facebook via Clarito Efren Colasi
I was born here and I know that "Mayon Volcano" has a special place in my heart since it was my hometown. It is one of the most active volcanos here in the Philippines but we are not afraid for we are always ready in case there will be an unexpected eruption or earth tremors. We already get used to and for us, it is just an ordinary phenomenon.

Almost 48 times of eruptions accompanied by earth tremors have been witnessed by our bare eyes but we never get frightened since it is one of the main reasons why some tourist visits our place. All we need to do is to have preparedness and knowledge on how to handle any type of situation that will put us to the test.

Ashfall is not new to us since every time Mayon Volcano will erupt it emits ashes that cover the surrounding. In case there is a strong typhoon, some rocks roll down the cliff that causes property destructions and floods too. Earthquake is often experienced in our place since it is an active volcano.

Via NAS Daily

Products from Mayon Volcano

Mayon Volcano does not just promote tourism in our area but also it gives livelihood programs and raw materials for new products and services. We all know that it gives dangers to us but on the brighter side of it we can make good stuff out of materials that were produced by its eruption.

One of the very good examples is it is a source for construction materials. In contrary that it destroys properties, it is the main source of igneous rock which is formed through the cooling of molten lava. Ashes are made into vases and souvenirs. It fertilizes the soil for farmers and through eruption diamond ore can be formed.

Bicolano's creativity has been challenged because of the Mayon Volcano. They become resilient and more productive in different ways.

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