Type: Stratovolcano (active)
Elevation: 960+ MASL (meters above sea level)
Location: borders of Zambales, Tarlac and Pampanga (Luzon Island, Philippines)
Meaning: “Pinatubo” in Tagalog and Sambal means “to grow” wherein indigenous people claim as a fertile place where crops can grow and be productive.
Prominence: It erupted in July 16 with a magnitude of 7.7 the largest earthquake recorded in 1990. Less than two decades later, it is now one of the country’s most beautiful travel destinations.
A month ago, Laine sent me an invite for the Talikasan 2009: Mount Pinatubo organized by the University of the Philippines Mountaineers (UPM), wherein she is a member. Right away, I got excited. I have read the accounts of Allan (Lantaw) and Dom (Escapo) on their great trek to the majestic crater lake of Mount Pinatubo and promised myself that given the opportunity, I would join this action-packed expedition to the world-famous volcano.
Thus, after the invite was sent, I immediately signed up. I also encouraged friends from the office to join the trek.
No, we didn’t take the “skyway”…we climb the old way taking us five hours from the jump off point to the crater lake via the canyons carved by lahar flows.
Mountaineers gear up and getting ready for the trek
Our bus that took us from Quezon City to Capas, Tarlac
The 4 x 4 truck
My first glimpse at the barren land
Meeting the locals
We passed by "manong" getting some supply for his house
...and why is it that every time I see you (or you see me), I am often in a comical situation. blrrr!