I remember when I was still a grader in school. Whenever my teacher in Arts class asked us to draw something, like freestyle, I always find myself drawing a mountain, the one with a perfect cone, plus the clouds above, with some birds flying, and the rice field below of course. There were times when two coconut trees were also exposed on the right side of the paper. The funny thing was, almost half of the class drew the same thing. As I grew older, I learned that there was a mountain/volcano which can be found here in the Philippines called Mayon Volcano. From that day on, I promised myself I will visit that place and will find a good spot where I can draw or paint that famous landscape.
I've been there 3 times already. Each visit was always memorable. The excitement was always there. However, I didn't paint or draw. I only took photos.
There are 5 ways to have a good view of Mayon Volcano.
1. Window seat. If you will commute and take a bus, make sure you take the window seat on the driver’s side. You are sure to enjoy a really good view of Mayon Volcano
2. Head to Cagsawa Ruins - it has an awesome view with rice fields on the foreground. Year 1814, Mayon Volcano erupted and buried the Cagsawa Catholic Church, what was left was the uppermost portion of its belfry, It was a ghastly reminder of the volcano's wrath.
3. Lignon Hill - it's a steep climb to get to Lignon Hill. A great exercise, jog or walk to the top. Along the way, you'll see Japanese Tunnel, Kapit Tuko Trail and Hanging Bridge. On the viewing deck at the top, you'll see overlooking Legazpi City on one side and Mt. Mayon on the other side. Witness the wonderful view of the vocano and the waves splashing on the ocean shore.
4. Embarcadero de Legaspi - it's not like the usual malls. It's by the sea, so you can feel the refreshing breeze. It is surrounded with different bars and restaurants. A good way of drinking beer with a good ambiance, and a breathtaking view of Mayon volcano.
5. Trek to Mayon Volcano. I haven't tried it so I can't write about it.
NEVERTHELESS, this hyperactive, perfect cone shaped volcano is visible from many parts of Legazpi City any time of the day. When you arrive or leave Legazpi, Mayon Volcano is the first and last thing you'd see.