A Love Affair with Mayon

The first time i set eyes on Mayon I fell in love with her. That was over 13 years ago. We had just arrived in Daraga on the night bus from Manila and stopped off at the house my friend Martin was building.

mayon first glimpse 2001

mayon first glimpse 2001

We climbed up to the roof and there she was, still wrapped in cloud but not enough to hide her beauty. She was tempting, seductive and very secretive. Then she covered herself again in cloud and i was left with my imagination.

Mayon from the rice fields

Mayon from the rice fields

It took me a further 10 years before i was able to return to Bicol. This time i was determined to see more of her and she invited me closer exposing her full beauty.

Mayon photo shoot

Mayon photo shoot

I have seen her fully naked with that perfect conical shaped body rising up to her smoking tip. As yet i have only seen her beauty and playfulness.

Mayon playing with the clouds

Mayon playing with the clouds

I love the way she plays with the clouds spinning them round her body and up into the air.

Mayon spinning the clouds higher and higher

Mayon spinning the clouds higher and higher

One day as i was passing I noticed that  the word G O D had been spelt out along her side….. I wonder what she was trying to say !!!  Maybe to remind us that she can change her moods anytime she wishes to and not to take her for granted.

G O D

G O D

Her slopes are very fertile and almost any crop can grow…… coconut, pineapple, abaca, mango, bamboo, cacao, vegetables………. the list goes on. Whole communities benefit from her generosity and prosper.

Beauty of Mayon

Beauty of Mayon

Just dont forget that as beautiful as she is when calm, Mayon is a volcano and like a woman can lose her temper at anytime !!!!!

Mayon Volcano at the end of the road

Mayon Volcano at the end of the road

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