“There is always something good that will come out of the bad,” so they say, and this stands true for Mt. Pinatubo. More than a decade ago, it fended off people when it suddenly erupted after being asleep for hundred of years. However, at the present, Mt. Pinatubo is attracting more and more people.
Mt. Pinatubo adventure can be experienced in a day. A trek to the crater will reveal the beauty of Mt. Pinatubo and its magnificent view will make you forget its tragic history. The trip actually involves a ride on a 4×4 through the lahar field surrounded by panoramic sand walls, and hours of trek back and forth. The 4×4 jeepney ride will take at least an hour from the jump-off point in Brgy. St. Juiana at Capas, Tarlac to the start of the trail in Zambales. The ride is the only way to get closer to the mountain. The trip on the 4×4 may take quite a while, but it is a very fun and exciting ride. The 4×4 will jangled through the makeshift roads, splash through shallow streams, and will send off dust clouds in its wake as it as it makes its way to the trail jump-off. The hundred-foot lahar deposits surround the field – a scenic view formed from the unfortunate event in the past. The walls may be beautiful, but it is also fragile. A mere shout directed to the it could easily cause it to crumble and disastrously fall down. As the jeep traverses the lahar field, it can pass by local Aetas and farmers going about their daily tasks at the barren landscape.
|Mt. Pinatubo | Big Stock Photo|
It was in 1991 that Mt. Pinatubo, which slept for more than 600 years spew millions of tons of sulfur dioxide in the air. Its eruption was considered as the largest and most catastrophic volcanic eruption in the recent years. Almost thousands disappeared during that fateful incident; hundred thousand lost their homes, and billion worth of crops were also damaged. The eruption caused sulfuric haze that caused the global temperatures to drop for two years. Today, Mt. Pinatubo provides a gorgeous backdrop for anyone who visits and wants to see its beauty. It may have destroyed a lot when it erupted but that disaster led to the formation of the amazing lahar walls and much beautiful crater lake — as what Kathryn Bernardo said in one of her movies, it is a “beautiful disaster.”
About the Author
LUCKY A.M. EBROLE works as a technical writer for an LGU. Her way of coping up with stress is sleeping and travelling. She wants to visit the unexplored places in the Philippines. She also dreams of seeing the beauty of the world.