Coitus Interruptus With Magayon
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October 24th, 2008 – by: planisphere
Still on the bus, I was able to get a glimpse of Mayon from afar. And from that point, I knew that it would be very cloudy and was very anxious that Mayon would not be displaying it's almost perfect cone to me. Dubbed by some to be more beautiful that Mt Fuji, my expectation for this volcano was quite high.
Anyway, Mayon has been introduced to me (just like any Filipino kid) since I was in elementary school. If asked to draw anything, it would be simple for a school kid to either choose chocolate hills where it would be very easy to draw several conical mounds or Mt Mayon, where one just have to draw a mountain with almost perfect cone then added some palm tree on the side, and the belfry on the other side. Mt. Mayon which appears to be benign due to its smooth cone is actually a wolf in a sheep clothing.
Legends were told how the volcano was formed. Though the most famous one is the love story of Magayon and Handiong - the story akin to that of starcrossed lovers - Romeo and Juliet. However, the ending is different. The legend says the families buried the lovers separately. Months passed when Magayon’s family saw a volcano growing in the place where Magayon was buried. They named it for Daragang Magayon. “Bulkang Magayon” describing its perfect shape like their beautiful Daraga.
I have been this fascinated to this volcano ever since I learn about her in school.
I arrived at the ruins two hours before noon. Half of Magayon was covered with thick clouds during that time.
My friend joked (via SMS) about my disappointment. He said virgins are the only people who cannot see the peak of Mt. Mayon, and he was teasing me of being a virgin... well, it is partly true. No one has ever touched my soul. Hehehe.
I headed back to Naga with a heavy heart. My brief encounter with Mt Mayon was like making love with someone so beautiful yet with clothes on.
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