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PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2008 9:46 pm    Post subject: Volcanoes and Beaches (Philippine Scenic Spots) Reply with quote

The Philippines is an archipelagic (group or chain of islands) nation located in the Southwest Asia, with Manila as its capital city.
The Philippine archipelago comprises 7, 107 islands in the western
Pacific Ocean.


Here are some of our tourist spots:

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This is the Mayon Volcano (located in Albay -
more or less 60 km. drive from my town)

In 1814, this volcano had a major eruption and the bell tower that
you see is what remained of the Cagsawa Church that used to be
standing on the site. During the eruption, about 1,200 people sought
refuge inside the church but they were buried as well. The area around
which is now developed into a popular tourist spot.

Mayon volcano

Elevation is 8,077.43 feet (2,462 meters) above sea-level

Mayon Volcano

I've actually been to the foot of this majestic volcano (known for its
perfect cone) as part of our tree planting activity in college.


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This is the Mayon Resthouse - a few kilometers away to the summit

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This is the Bulusan Volcano (located in Bulusan, Sorsogon - 30-45
minute-drive from my town)

Elevation - 1,565 meters above sea level with a base diameter of 15 kms
and this is surrounded by the Bulusan Lake.

Bulusan eruption July 2007

This was the volcano's very recent eruption (July 31, 2007) - a loud
explosion like a bomb going off. A cloud of steam and ash shot from
Mt. Bulusan, into the air to a height of 5 miles and slowly it drifted.
The eruption lasted 20 minutes. This photo was taken from my
town's street. My town is quite near to this volcano's location that
sometimes we would experience sulfuric ash falls...

Bulusan eruption
Another shot of the eruption...

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Taal Volcano - 400 meters (1,312 ft.)
Located in Talisay and San Nicolas, Batangas


Taal Volcano
I took this picture last October during our vacation. This is Tagaytay.
From here we can also see the Taal Volcano. It was raining when we
came here so this picture is a bit blurry and the closest range I can
get to...

Taal volcano
Another angle...

Picnic area
The picnic area. Tagaytay is one of the many frequently-visited tourist
spots in my country.


Aside from the volcanoes, we also have lots of beaches/resorts
here in my country and fortunately, we got 2 here in my very
own town...

Dancalan
Dancalan Beach
This is not yet a fully-developed beach resort. Just a few
open cottages for public use were built. No hotels, no entrance
fee, parking fee, etc. Anyone can come and enjoy the breeze.
We come here often (weekends). A very good place to relax.

Dancalan Beach
a banca...


Rizal beach
Rizal Beach resort
A developed beach resort with hotels near the area,
and cottages for rent...

And the shellcraft industry (really cheap souvenirs)

Turtles!
turtles!

Shells

Shells
kitty (pencil holder)

Shells
flower vase

Shells
more shells...

chandelier
the chandeliers...

Hope you all enjoyed your "virtual travel" to my country and my hometown.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2008 3:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Enjoyed it very much indeed Prickly. Thank you sooooo much [clap1]
I am very relieved that the Bulusan volcano didnt cause any big problems for you but when the sulphuric ash falls does that effect anyone? Like people with breathing problems? Do you have to wear masks over your mouth & nose sometimes? The volcanos are as you say "majestic" indeed, very beautiful but with so much hidden power.
Dancalan beach looks gorgeous & the best thing is that it is not all geared for the tourist....much better and natural. You live in a beautiful place darlin. Thank you for sharing with us [hug]

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 1:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Lady E.

My country is within the Pacific Ring of Fire -
which means we an area of frequent earthquakes
and volcanic eruptions.

Prior to the July eruption, Bulusan Volcano has been
showing abnormal activities. One afternoon there
was an ashfall and the wind was in our town's
direction. The air was filled with dust-like particles, it
was cloudy and the smell of sulfur filled the air.
School children were sent home and we all stayed
inside our houses. And yes, people who live very
near the volcano have to wear masks or cover their
noses with damp cloth. The local government has set
a permanent danger zone (6-km radius) which means
people beyond that range are not allowed to stay or live
in that area since it is really dangerous.

And from the Dancalan beach, one can have a very good
view of the Bulusan Volcano. Sometimes I would spend
the entire afternoon there, waiting for the clouds to disappear
so I can take a picture of the volcano... lol
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 2:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can't think of any nicer ways to spend an afternoon []
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2008 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great shell craft,and the water tis most beautiful.
I ave never been remotley close to a volcano,and art ye nerved living so close to one?..Very interesting pics! []
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2008 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Prickly! How ya doin? [hug]
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great! Been really busy the past few weeks. My five-year old son
is now in school and I have a scheduled travel to Hongkong this
week. Will be posting again as soon as I come back home.

Hope you are all doing great as well!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They grow up so fast don't they. Have fun in Hong Kong & come back & tell us all about it. Safe & Blessed travel luv
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Yes, they do grow up so fast! [agree]

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