Lake Buhi

Enchanting, beautiful Lake Buhi

Its only early in the morning when Mayon Volcano peeks. Most of the day, it is covered with clouds.

Its only early in the morning when Mayon Volcano peeks. Most of the day, it is covered with clouds.

I went to the edge of the bamboo walkway that doubles as a corral for the fishpen of Lake Buhi Resort where I was staying for a few days. The sun hasn’t risen from the horizon but I was already mesmerized by the scene unfolding before me.

Mayon Volcano, with all its graciousness and beauty was peeking, a few clouds hovered over her as the sun’s golden rays started to bathe it. Beside it was Mt. Masaraga, still covered with clouds. In the foreground, a fisherman was cruising on his motorized banca. It was a beautiful sight of Lake Buhi, one of Camarines Sur’s inland bodies of water and home to one of the world’s smallest fish, the sinarapan.

There have been theories that the lake used to be a caldera of a much bigger volcano that over time got filled with water. The telltale signs are there: ringing the northern part of the lake are several mountains and where it gets closer to the water, a very steep angle. Above this lake is Mt. Asog, another volcano.

Despite the many times I’ve been visiting Bicol for decades, this is the first time that I have come close to Lake Buhi. Of course, I already know about the lake from elementary but seeing, being there for the first time was something to remember.

Lake Buhi is a vital body of water for the communities that live within its edges. Other than fishing for tilapia, sinarapan and as a source of irrigation for the many fields, its the bucolic setting that I really love.

The sun has already climbed up the sky and a lone white breasted sea eagle was hovering above. Within a few minutes, it flew near the water, skimmed the surface and off it flew bringing its catch.

Before sunrise, glorious view of Lake Buhi in Camarines Sur

Before sunrise, glorious view of Lake Buhi in Camarines Sur

A small passenger vessel that plies Lake Buhi stops at the poblacion.

A small passenger vessel that plies Lake Buhi stops at the poblacion.

A fsherman doing his early morning rounds

A fsherman doing his early morning rounds

Fishing at the edges of the lake

Fishing at the edges of the lake

A man stands on his motorized banca as it cruises the placid lake. In the background is the crater of Mt. Asog.

A man stands on his motorized banca as it cruises the placid lake. In the background is the crater of Mt. Asog.

Lake Buhi is a very important body of water for several communities who ply its water routes to get from one community to the other.

Lake Buhi is a very important body of water for several communities who ply its water routes to get from one community to the other.

A white breasted eagle fishes at the lake early in the morning

A white breasted eagle fishes at the lake early in the morning

Thanx to Lake Buhi Resort for the invitation where I stayed for a few days and enjoyed this place so much.

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.

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