Mayon volcano eruption attracts tourists

Mount Mayon, an active volcano 500 kilometers south of Manila, continues to discharge lava on Jan. 18. (Photo by Jun Santiago)

As residents around Mount Mayon, an active volcano expected to erupt within days, flee their homes, tourists are flocking to the area to watch the mountain’s spectacular lava discharge.

Most visitors are domestic tourists, said Dorothy Colle, head of the tourism office in Albay province, about 500 kilometers south of Manila.

“If the weather improves, we expect more tourists to come to witness the volcanic activity,” she said.

“It’s a spectacle to watch. It’s beauty and fury in one, especially at night,” said Danny Garcia, also of the tourism office.


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