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I was 5 when one of the most destructive volcanic eruptions of the century occurred. I remember asking my mother why she was going to the market in the middle of the night. I had no idea it is already noontime and we have not cooked anything yet. There was total darkness and series of earthquakes. Ash fall followed. People started to evacuate. They say Mt. Pinatubo was angry.
These scenes during the Mt. Pinatubo eruption kept crossing my mind while we were trekking the long road-less-chosen to the crater lake of the volcano. It was June 12, 2011,Day.
We were a big group. This trip was organized by the Subic Bay Photography Society. With 13 4×4 jeeps, each with 5 adventure-seeking souls, I think we’re the biggest group to have trekked Pinatubo.
It took me and my group 4 hours to reach the crater. I was too slow and had to stop several times to take a rest. I just recovered from flu then. There was a shorter trail though, but it was not passable that time because of the past typhoons.
We passed by big rocks, bigger rocks, lahar, more lahar, and knee-deep muddy waters running ravenously which I hate for taking away the old aviator sunglasses (gee, it has 14k-gold frame) I got from my grandfather. We passed by some melted-mozzarella-cheese-like matter, too.
The trek was exhausting. My feet were tired and we’re running out of drinking water. I can’t remember how many times I asked our guide “are we there yet?” Glad was I when we reached this point:
If we took the Skyway, the shorter trail to the crater, the trek begins from this where-do-you-belong point. Shorter indeed.
I learned from our guide/porter that our native Aetas originally inhabiting near Mt. Pinatubo, believes that their god Apo Malyari who lives at the peak of Pinatubo caused the destructive eruption because of displeasure toward people with ill intentions to nature.
I was still catching my breath when I reached the crater, and then my jaw dropped at the sight of the lake.
It was stunning!
The turquoise water of the lake was enchanting! It felt like some mystical creature would rise from the water. Yeah, crazy thought. But really, it was beautiful! And mysterious at the same time.
I felt like shouting and thank God for a wonderful sight but I saw this:
So I just settled with capturing her beauty through my camera.
Extraordinary! I never imagined that it would turn out this magnificent after it erupted violently two decades ago.