I never expected anything associated with the term “lava” to be synonymous with something sexy; but, designer Mak Tumang proved everyone wrong when Catriona Gray had donned the intense-looking gown before she strutted down the 2018 Ms. Universe stage with what we now call as the “lava walk.”
Having seen the Mayon Volcano up close, it’s no wonder that the designer and the new Ms. Universe were so captivated to the point of creating an evening gown because of it.
The first time we saw this natural wonder located in Albay, the volcano’s perfect cone was barely visible due to a group of obstinate clouds unwilling to let visitors bask in the volcano’s complete glory. Old folks, however, have a different interpretation on this matter.
Legend has it that whenever the clouds envelop the mountain, Panganoron, the brave warrior who loved Magayon, the only daughter of the tribal chief of Rawis, is indeed kissing her; and, when the rains do trickle down the slopes, they are actually Panganoron’s tears as he mourns for his lost love.
But we didn’t travel 11 hours from Manila to Legazpi to be found wanting.
That’s why we watched the volcano like a hawk from every possible angle.
The good thing is, the Mayon is so mighty and resplendent that it’s impossible to see anything else when you’re traveling all over Legazpi.
That translates to a plethora of chances for photo-ops, selfies, and famfies.