Bulusan volcano up close

The peak of the volcano

Bulusan Volcano in Sorsogon up close

For a brief moment, I was there, staring with my supertelephoto lens her gaping mouth while several thousand feet above the ground. From a plane’s seat.

Mt. Bulusan in Sorsogon, at the southeastern end of Luzon has been in the news last year for its rumblings and eruptions. And for a few times that I’ve been passing Matnog either from Manila or from Allen, Northern Samar, I couldn’t exactly pinpoint its real location.

Until I flew from Catarman, Northern Samar to Manila yesterday, I had the best view of the volcano’s crater. Like Mt. Mayon last year, up close.

It’s crater is not as wide as I expected, but still gaping. If not for the clouds, an almost perfect view of this volcano would have been had. But I’m not complaining.

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. Edmaration
    February 22, 2012 @ 19:59

    Ang ganda sir! oo, parang ung Mayon last year, same beautiful photo.

  2. Pinoy Adventurista
    February 23, 2012 @ 10:26

    the closest i got to Bulusan Volcano is at the Bulusan Lake… thanks for sharing this wonderful sight! 🙂

  3. Pie Rivera
    February 23, 2012 @ 12:55

    Ang lupet!!! this is such a breath-taking sight! Amazing photo, as always 🙂

  4. estancabigas
    February 26, 2012 @ 11:33

    thanx! 🙂

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