Mt. Mayon up close

Mt. Mayon from the plane's window

I really never tire of Mt. Mayon. I’ve seen her with her lava flows, or from the beautiful vantage point at the Embarcadero. Heck, I even consider Legazpi City airport as the airport with the best view in the world because of her! Years ago, while enroute to Cebu from Manila, the lady from afar is just beautiful. But never have I gone this close!

During a flight from Albay back to Manila, I was just fortunate enough that the morning was beautiful and thus, leaving Mt. Mayon exposed. As the plane passed closer and closer, I was just so enthralled of seeing it up close in the air, its trail of smoke billowing from its maw. Unfortunately, it was backlit as the sun was at the opposite side but still good enough to cast a dramatic image as well as show its gulleys.

Beautiful Mt. Mayon always intrigues!

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.


  1. neldeleon
    May 29, 2011 @ 15:00

    Majestic! I had a glimpse of Mt. Mayon through a plane window, too, but it was too far. I snapped a shot anyway; it was exciting. 🙂

  2. Leave the cube
    May 29, 2011 @ 22:53

    I envy you to have come that close to Mt.Mayon… hehe… Your picture loks very nice, especially the traces of lava flows 🙂

  3. Pompo
    May 31, 2011 @ 8:44


  4. Vernon Go
    February 22, 2012 @ 16:43

    wen I saw the pic, I thought you rode a helicopter or sumting; a rare shot from a plane indeed!

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    February 23, 2012 @ 10:25

    i also had a close encounter with Mayon last year… truly an amazing sight!

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