I was on my 4th grade when Mt. Pinatubo erupted on June 1991. School was off early due to ashfall. Weather is not good at that time due to incoming typhoon. So the heavy rains brought sands. It’s raining sands, literally! My Dad and my Kuya (older brother) had to go up the roof to remove the sands despite the heavy rains with lightning. We’ve seen some houses collapsed due to the heavy sands on the roof. So to avoid it, they had to remove the sands on the roof. Plus the earthquake that we felt every minute. Yes, every minute you can feel the ground shaking. It’s so scary especially that I still have a baby brother at that time. Days become nights! Can’t tell if it’s day already or still night! The skies were covered by dark smokes! Survival becomes tough! No water, electricity and food. We had to walk a thousand miles just to get relief goods. But I’m so thankful that my family survived this disaster! And after more than 20 years, I’m here to see the crater of Mt. Pinatubo who once killed hundreds of people and left billions of crops & properties covered in Lahar (volcanic mudflows). Some places until now are still covered with Lahar.
Mt. Pinatubo crater lake has become a top tourist spot in the Philippines. I’ve seen the worst but it’s time to see the beauty of it.
Before you can actually see the majestic crater lake, you need to ride a 4×4 truck for almost an hour then trek for another 1.5 hours. You can actually swim at the crater!
Make sure to stop and register at PDC Spa Town. Or you’ll be stuck like us…
start of our 4×4 ride
stucked but I’m still happy
getting ready to pull us out
while waiting for our ride
pull it! 🙂
ok! hop on!!! ready to roll again 🙂
Time to walk 🙂
ah finally…almost near the crater
the magnificent crater lake
After a long walk, need to freshen up…how? swimming at the crater!!!
quick rest before swimming to the crater lake
at the Mt. Pinatubo crater lake
time to swim… water is warm 🙂
crazy girls…with Marj
with my girls
Who run the world? Girls!!!
After a refreshing swim, it’s time to go home!
missed the hot volcano sand spa and mud pool.. we arrived past 5pm so it’s closed already 😦
dinner after as long trek
Truly, Mt. Pinatubo is a nature’s way telling us that there’s beauty after destruction. But please, don’t explode again!
Memories from May 2012 Trip 🙂