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Ain’t no mountain high enough

Cover photo of Mayon by chopper © Jojie Alcantara

Mount Mayon’s fiery perfect cone captured from a chopper by Jojie Alcantara

“You climb to reach the summit, but once there, discover that all roads lead down.” ~ Stanislaw Lem

Mayon Volcano is the Philippines’ most active stratovolcano, considered to be the world’s most perfectly formed volcano for its symmetrical cone. It rises at 2,463 m (8,081 ft) and is the central feature of the Albay Province, of which Legazpi City is the capital, about 300-km southeast of Manila. Its last eruption was in December 2009.

Crater view of Mayon by chopper © Jojie Alcantara

Crater view of Mayon by chopper © Jojie Alcantara

The majestic Mayon was a candidate of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2008 (did not make it to the top 25 and gave way to our Puerto Princesa’s Underground River) and considered to be one of the world’s most perfectly formed volcanoes.

Aerial photography of Mayon by chopper © Jojie Alcantara

Aerial photography of Mayon by chopper © Jojie Alcantara

I was lucky to have been flown above the dangerously beautiful crater from a chopper and be able to share my images in publications.

Photos published in Mabuhay Magazine (September 2010 issue)

Cover photo in Mabuhay Magazine, May 2011 (my photo made it to the cover of an international inflight magazine)

July 4, 2010 Up Close and Personal with Mount MayonUp

Close and personal with Mount Mayon (my article published in Manila Bulletin, July 3, 2010)

Close to Perfection (more photos of Mount Mayon and my aerial ride)

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