What’s the picture now in your mind whenever you think or look back from your hometown?
When was the last time you were back into your old home, or even the place you were born?
No matter where I go, I always look back to where I came from. Suddenly, thinking about the place where I spent most of my childhood create a nostalgic feeling inside me. I remember my fondest childhood memories spent gazing at this beauty…everyday! From the time I open the window I see her. She’s our ever-present backdrop. Our ever beautiful wallpaper. She is so alluring that many have tried to climb her, some have succeed, but some have been unfortunate. Many are enamored by her mysterious perfect cone.From dusk til dawn she’s constantly changing. One day she is clothed with fluffy clouds and only her cone is shown, other times, she is totally hidden, like a shy maiden covered in veil.
I have seen her fierce eruptions. I tell you, She is one fierce ,active volcano. Despite her enigma, which has left a trail of death and destruction brought about by almost 49 eruptions in the past 400 years, her tantrums has become spectacular fireworks displays to behold.We spent the night looking at her cone tip with visible lava flowing. It was a sight I could never forget. Until now I remember those times I saw it as something exciting & yet terrifying. I would always asked my Grandmother what if the lava reaches our house? Where shall we do? But then on, I got used to this.I have heard of the tragic stories when she became so furious and left a disastrous eruption and devastation that I couldn’t even imagine. Just picture a church tower was the only visible ruins that remained from the eruption, the ruins of Cagsawa church.
The Cagsawa Ruins (the church tower up above in the photo ) was a lavish Spanish church before it was buried by the 1814 eruption of Mayon Volcano, the worst in history. For almost two centuries the Cagsawa Ruins has stood as a symbol of Bicol region’s impressive landscape, rich history and the people’s strength and resiliency to face and to rise from the ravages of Mother Nature. I love to visit this park whenever I have the chance to go . It has been a long time, and now I am longing to see it once again.
And yet, even though I have seen beautiful castles, and wonderful nature from other parts of the world, Mayon Volcano is still my Muse. She was & will ever be.
No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.~Lin Yutang
Never forget where you came from…Never lose sight of where you want to go.
If you have the chance, would you like to visit once again your birth place?