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Mayon Volcano: The Origin of Its Undisputed Beauty

An almost perfect cone shape. A magnificence beyond compare. Discover how this wonder of nature came to its existence. Discover how love perfectly carved this landmark.

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A long time ago, Albay was a kingdom. The rajah of Albay had a beautiful daughter whom the people called “daragang magayon,” meaning beautiful maiden.

The talk of Magayon’s beauty spread to neighboring kingdoms where many young rulers and their heirs tried to seek her hand in marriage.

While the rajah was away, a fierce datu came, Datu Buhawen. He wanted to marry Magayon and threatened to kill her father if she refused. However, she tried to delay the marriage so gat Malayo, her sweetheart would be back by that time.

Gat Malayo retured just as the marriage ceremony was about to begin. Datu Buhawen called for his men and a fierce battle began. Buhawen was stronger but gat Malayo was more skillful. Buhawen was killed.

Unfortunately, a friend of Buhawen shot Gat Malayo with an arrow. As Gat Malayo fell, Magayon rushed to his side, and seeing he was dead, she killed herself with a dagger. The two were buried side by side in a common grave. The following day, the earth on the grave began to rise. It turned into a beautiful mountain-volcano. It had an almost perfect cone. In memory of Daragang Magayon, the mountain was named Mount Mayon.

At the foot of the mountain, the people built a town and called it Daraga, meaning, a damsel, to commemorate further the memory of the beautiful maiden.

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  1. Joshua Miguel

    On March 2, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Mayon Volcano is such a beautiful place to visit. tnx for this post. very informative.

  2. Clay Hurtubise

    On March 2, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Very nice.

  3. kris miyasako

    On March 2, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Thanks for posting this piece. Sometimes, we need to be reminded on one of Gods wonderful creations for us to realize that we have a great God.

  4. amanda0051

    On March 2, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    its beautiful…

  5. papaleng

    On March 3, 2009 at 12:44 am

    Mayon Volcano is one of the Philippines pride. thanks for posting it that others will know its beauty and grandeur.

  6. CutestPrincess

    On March 3, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    great article… we must be proud of this!

  7. Vikram Chhabra

    On March 3, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    This was agreat article and the picture was fantastic!

  8. Dee Gold

    On March 5, 2009 at 6:03 am

    thanks for sharing about Mayon Volcano.Proud to be Pinoy

  9. Alixander Haban Escote

    On March 13, 2009 at 2:42 am

    Nice article. Keep on reading! Keep on writing! Cheers!

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