Mount Pinatubo

Botolan, Zambales

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.

Mount Pinatubo News

  • A Daytour-Turned-Overnight-Trip To Mt Pinatubo

    A Daytour-Turned-Overnight-Trip To Mt Pinatubo

    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.

  • Wee Wee Stop To The North No More

    Wee Wee Stop To The North No More

    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 ...

  • Mount Pinatubo From Beast To Beauty

    Mount Pinatubo From Beast To Beauty

    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).

  • How Aeta Grad Norman King Overcame Poverty, Discrimination To Get UP Manila Diploma

    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 ...

  • Cordillera News Agency Holds Culture Sensitivity Seminar

    For A deeper understanding of culture, the Cordillera News Agency in tandem with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts conducted the first "Luzon Cultural Sensitivity Training."

    The training aims to put into proper perspective how indigenous peoples groups (IPs) should be reported on, the manner of reporting which highlights the role of arts, culture and heritage in the entire island cluster of Luzon.

    The training gathers over 100 media practitioners, bloggers, educators and information officers for a 2-day training held on Monday, July 3, and Tuesday, July 4, to craft the fi ...

  • First Aeta UP Grad Vows To Serve Pinatubo Tribes

    First Aeta UP Grad Vows To Serve Pinatubo Tribes

    It's not too difficult to find Norman King in Barangay Macapagal, a settlement put up by former first lady Imelda Marcos on a hill at the northern side of this former United States military base-turned-economic zone.

    Pointing to the King family home, an "unat" (lowlander) running a tricycle repair shop nearby described King as "the 'kulot' (Aeta) who recently graduated from UP (the University of the Philippines)."

    It's a distinction that the Aeta community around Mt. Pinatubo wears with pride. No other Aeta has been known to have graduated from the state university before King, who obtai ...