During my trip to the Philippines last summer, I stumbled upon a classmate whom I haven’t seen for ages. After catching up on what’s going with our lives, he told me that he’s going to Mt. Pinatubo the following day with several friends. He invited me to come along and my response was …. “what in the world should I drive all the way there just to see lahar”. He told me that it’s actually a nice place for sight- seeing. I didn’t really believe him but out of curiosity and to avoid boredom during my vacation, I decided to join them.
After a few hours’ drive to Capas,Tarlac, the adventure began. At this point, only 4×4 jeeps are allowed to enter. After paying the required entrance, we soon embark to an amazing journey. We passed through monstrous boulders of sand and muddy creeks. During this hour drive, we saw wild cows and carabaos frolicking around. We also chanced upon some native Aetas walking under the scorching heat of the sun whose village we passed by along the way.
Finally, we reached a point when we had to disembark and hike up the crater. It was really a wonderful hiking experience. We passed through rocky pathways with lahar boulders on the sides. This turned into a narrow path with lots of luscious green and fauna and a small, clear creek flowing along. Soon, we reached the top and I tell you it’s ALL worth it.
Here in front of me was a magnificent view of what’s left of the devastating volcanic eruption. After all, the wreck and havoc the explosion caused in 1991, a crater lake was formed and turned this place to paradise. With my jaws dropped and eyes wide-opened, I gazed through this incredible beauty of nature in disbelief.
Please see some pictures during my trip. Next time you come to the Philippines for a visit, make sure to add Mt. Pinatubo in your list of must-see places.