Mount Pinatubo is an infrequently active stratovolcano in the Cabusilan Mountains on the island of Luzon, near the tripoint of the Philippine provinces of Zambales, Tarlac, and Pampanga.
Before the volcanic activities of 1991, its eruptive history was unknown to most people. It was heavily eroded, inconspicuous and obscured from view. It was covered with dense forest which supporte ...
d a population of several thousand indigenous people, the Aetas, who fled to the mountains during the Spanish conquest of the Philippines.
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Its been over two years since I wrote the first edition of this Manila travel guide. I decided to write it after hearing more than one foreigner describe Manila as the scariest city theyve ever visited. I dont know where they stayed or what happened that made them say that, but it inspired me to write a travel guide that put traveler safety first. I certainly didnt want anyone visiting my home city and having a negative or even traumatic experience.
Mt. Pinatubo shook the entire world during its massive eruption in 1991. The catastrophe was so enormous that volcanic ashes from the eruption filled the atmosphere affecting even the remotest corners of the Earth. Thousands of people lost their homes and livelihood as the aftermath was even more devastating. That year marked the saddest Christmas for the people living in the provinces surrounding Mt. Pinatubo that forever will they bear the memories of that dreadful day this majestic volcano made its presence felt.
For quite some time, Dennis had been wanting to go to Mt. Pinatubo. When a group of travel blogger friends started making plans for a trip here, we were naturally interested. But after a series of Facebook Messenger conversations, the number of individuals who wanted to come dwindled. In the end, it was just me, Dennis, Potpot of Travel Trilogy, and Marcos of Detourista.
Back in the late 1980s, when travel from Metro Manila to northern Luzon took roughly half a day, Tarlac province used to be known as the "wee wee stop."
Motorists would take a break in this city midway between Manila and Baguio City, dropping by a gas station with air-conditioned restrooms to relieve themselves.
Bus passengers would race to the terminal toilets or in restaurants where buses make a brief stop.
"We have erased that reputation. Whenever that comes up, we tell people that in Tarlac, youll feel the urge to make a short stop because of the delicious food and beauty of the p ...
I was relieved that someone from our group was willing to drive to all the way to Capas, Tarlac (about a 2.5 hour drive from Manila) early in the morning, instead of renting a van, to save money (I'll get into that later).
Norman King suffered through poverty, discrimination, and calamities to get to where he is: the first ever Aeta to graduate from the University of the Philippines Manila.
Last June, Norman climbed the prestigious university's stage wearing a lubay (bahag) to thunderous applause.
But a documentary on GMA Public Affairs' Tunay na Buhay showed that the journey getting there did not start on the first day of school several years ago. Having an education was something Norman struggled for his whole life.
Norman was born in 1988 at the foot of Mount Pinatubo, merely three years before the d ...