The Most Active and Most Famous Cone Shaped Volcano in the Philippines, Mayon Volcano
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The Most Active and Most Famous Cone Shaped Volcano in the Philippines, Mayon Volcano

Certainly, the captivating and attractive Mayon Volcano in Bicol Region is the most popular cone shaped volcano in the country and one of the most beautiful in the world. Here are some of the most interesting geographical and historical facts about Mount Mayon.

Certainly, the captivating and attractive Mayon Volcano in Bicol Region is the most popular cone shaped volcano in the country and one of the most beautiful in the world. Here are some of the most interesting geographical and historical facts about Mount Mayon.

 

1.) Mayon Volcano is an active volcano famous for its almost perfect cone shape. The cone is considered to be the world's most perfectly-formed volcano for its symmetry.

 

2.) Mayon Volcano is the iconic landmark of Albay province. It has an elevation of 2,463 meters.

 

3.) Mayon Volcano is the Philippines’ most active volcano with a recorded eruption of 48 times within a span of 400 years. The very first recorded eruption of the volcano was in February 1616.

 

4.) The mountain is a national park and a protected landscape and was proclaimed in 2000 as Mayon Volcano Natural Park.

 

 

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Cagsawa ruins

 

5.) In the Bicol dialect it is called Bulkang Magayon which means Beautiful Volcano in English. It was named after the legendary heroine Daragang Magayon or Beautiful Lady.

 

6.) Mayon Volcano is geographically shared by 3 cities and 5 municipalities namely; Legazpi City, Daraga, Camalig, Guinobatan, Ligao City, Tabaco City, Malilipot and Santo Domingo.

 

7.) The February 1, 1814 eruption is Mount Mayon’s most destructive explosion. The town of Cagsawa was buried and nearby areas was also devastated by the eruption with ash accumulating to 9 m in depth. About 2,200 residents of Albay perished in the said eruption.

 

8.) The longest uninterrupted eruption of Mayon Volcano occurred on June 23, 1897. The eruption lasted for seven days of raining fire. The village of Bacacay was buried 15 meters beneath the lava and killed hundreds of people in nearby villages.

 

 

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9.) The ruins of the Cagsawa church are now the site of the Cagsawa Ruins Park, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Albay.

 

10.) A full moon coincided with at least three of Mayon Volcano’s 48 recorded explosions over the last 400 years, including the two most recent in 2000 and 2001.

 

11.) In October 2008, Mayon Volcano was included in the search for New 7 Wonders of Nature but unfortunately did not make it to the final list.

 

12.) Regarded as the most photographed Philippine volcano, Mount Mayon is approximately 300-km southeast of the Philippine capital – Manila.

 

 

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13.) Despite the obvious danger brought by the eruptions of the volcano, thousands of people still reside near the volcano.

 

14.) Farmers cultivate the lands and slopes of the volcano. They plant vegetables, root crops and other staple foods because the soil is fertile giving them bounty harvests.

 

15.) Mount Mayon is one of the most exciting mountains to climb in the Philippines and the safest approach is from the northwestern slope.

 

16.) The best recommended time of the year to climb Mount Mayon is from March to May.

 

17.) Climbing Mount Mayon and going back usually takes four days.

 

See also

 Top Ten Most Active Volcanoes in the Philippines

 Interesting Geological Facts About Mount Pinatubo 

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