Flaring It Up / by John Javellana

Mayon Volcano
There’s something truly captivating about seeing a volcano spurt out oozing lava during the night. It’s one of those few times that you could really feel like the earth is alive and animated. It’s my first time to see the famous Mayon Volcano here in Albay and it’s such a sight to see it like this. I was dumbfounded to know how the feeling of nonchalance was vastly shared among the local residents. It is as if they are so used to Mayon acting up like this — and they are. No cause for concern, no cause for panic. So what does a photographer on vacation do? Just hang loose and watch the magnificent display of mother nature of course.