Mayon Volcano is the Philippines’ most active volcano and is considered to be the world’s most perfectly formed volcano for its symmetrical cone. Located in Albay province, Mayon has had 49 eruptions in recorded history with the first recorded major eruption in 1616. In 1814, more than 1,200 people were killed as lava buried the town of Cagsawa.
Mayon is located 10 kilometres from the Gulf of Albay and rises 2,462 m (8,077 ft) above the gulf. At present the volcano is erupting and in mid-December last year, almost 460 earthquakes in the volcano were monitored everyday.
Experts say it may be building up to a larger hazardous eruption.
If it does, it would be good if Mayon could blast away several undesirable characters in Philippine politics just like Pinatubo did when it shuttered down for good the US military bases in Subic and Olongapo in 1991.
Mabuhay ang Mayon!