With yesterday’s eruption, now seems as good a time as any to dust off the volcanic ash on the Taal volcano draft and finish writing it.
Located in Tagaytay, and in view of many fine eating establishments, this is usually a go to area for us, both for the beautiful view and the constant need to feed, inherent in all Filipinos.
With the Filipino branch of my family situated about 18 miles from the volcano its been a worrying time, what with power and water outages, as well as the ash cloud which has reached as far north as Baguio which is 145 miles away. On top of all this, one of our dogs recently gave birth to seven puppies so we are excited to see them when we return, although worried for their little lungs in the meantime.
Taal is the second most active volcano in the Philippines and the world’s smallest active volcano, the photo I took, below, is from a typical day, a view from, unsurprisingly, a restaurant in calmer times.
As with all volcanos there are a number of interesting myths surrounding it, both of the ones I found for Taal are variations on a theme: leader makes the locals prosperous, disappears, locals do something that will anger said chief i.e. making their own profit and not needing him, he then happens to turn up with perfect timing, and the volcano erupts as punishment. Standard stuff but good myths nonetheless.
Aside from all the ‘end times’ prophecies that Filipinos are spamming my Facebook newsfeed with, (note to self, must delete Facebook soon) there are some good videos capturing the eruption. One thing that bothers me though is why people still haven’t learnt to film in landscape mode after all these years…