#MBSideTrip: Mayon shows off its ‘Salakot’

Published July 22, 2021, 9:00 PM

by Dennis Principe

Mayon Volcano as rare, lenticular clouds surround the majestic tourist spot known for its perfect volcanic cone. (Ejay Montes/MANILA BULLETIN)

Vlogger Ejay Mortel recently posted a photo of the Mayon Volcano on his Facebook page as rare clouds surround the majestic tourist spot known for its perfect volcanic cone.

The unusual clouds that formed around Mayon made it look like it was wearing a “salakot”, a wide-brimmed hat woven from strips of cane or from palm leaves.

Filipino scientist Edmund Rosales said the phenomenal clouds are called lenticular clouds.

“Kapag hindi gaano malakas ang hangin, umiikot lang ang ulap sa mga matataas na bundok tulad ng Mt. Mayon (When wind is not strong, those clouds just hover over soaring mountains like Mt. Mayon,” said Rosales.

Mortel’s photo, which got countless likes and shares, was posted on July 18 as he was travelling along the Camalig Diversion road.

Mayon Volcano, the country’s most active volcano, has erupted at least 50 times in the last four centuries, with the most violent one happened 207 years ago–on Feb. 1, 1814.

 
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