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

  • 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 ...

  • Tribe Treks Tour In Zambales

    To Celebrate Charisse's Birthday, we joined MAD Travel's Tribe and Treks Tour and help plant a 3000-hectare rainforest to support the local Aetas' sustainability.

    Learned a lot this weekend, how the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo is still affecting the lives of the people around Zambales and how helping plant trees can at least reverse some of its effects.

    It was a totally fun (and tiring) weekend adventure. We got to ride on a Carabao and met a lot of new like minded individuals too!

  • Pagputok Ng Mt Pinatubo Pinsala Noon Biyaya Ngayon

    Pagputok Ng Mt Pinatubo Pinsala Noon Biyaya Ngayon

    Para sa mga residente, delubyo kung ituring ang pagputok ng Bulkang Pinatubo noong 1991. Ngunit ngayon, pinagkukunan na nila ito ng biyaya.

    Ayon sa National Geophysical Data Center, umabot sa 350 ang mga namatay sa pagsabog ng Bulkang Pinatubo noong June 15, 1991, eksaktong 26 na taon na ang nakakaraan.

    Umabot naman sa 722 ang kabuuang bilang ng mga namatay dahil sa pananalasa ng bulkan. Marami sa mga biktima ay nagkasakit sa mga evacuation center, hanggang sa tuluyang mamatay.

    Libo-libo rin ang nawalan ng tirahan sa itinuturing na ikalawang pinakamalaking pagsabog ng bulkan noong 20t ...