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Albay Province

We flew down to Albay Province to swim with the whale sharks. My friend, Joey Salceda is the Governor of Albay, and he was kind enough to meet us and have breakfast with us. We took the very first flight down there, and as we headed out to the airport at the crack of dawn (actually, a bit before that), I told Tatyana and my parents that we were going so early in order to catch an early glimpse of the famous volcano, Mt. Mayon. Good we did, as the only look we got of the volcano was that early morning sight from the airport. The clouds were covering it within a few minutes. Mom got a photo or two from the airport, but I will cheat and put up a shot I took on a previous trip.

The famed Mayon

The famed Mayon

A view down off of Mt. Mayon toward the Pacific Ocean, showing the riverbed full of the remnants of the volcano's last erruption.

A view down off of Mt. Mayon toward the Pacific Ocean, showing the riverbed full of the remnants of the volcano\’s last erruption.

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These portrait shots are ones I took at the guesthouse on the side of the volcano.  It's nice, but the views, which are probably spectacular, were covered in fog and rain while we were there.

These portrait shots are ones I took at the guesthouse on the side of the volcano. It\’s nice, but the views, which are probably spectacular, were covered in fog and rain while we were there.

The Gov also sent a security detail with us for the whole trip.  Nice of him, though it really didn't seem necessary.  We took this at the guest house, too.  They have set up a small observatory there, so we took a few shots Starship Troopers-style.

The Gov also sent a security detail with us for the whole trip. Nice of him, though it really didn\’t seem necessary.

Grandma & Grandpa on Ligñon Hill, overlooking Legaspi City, the capital of Albay Province

Grandma & Grandpa on Ligñon Hill, overlooking Legaspi City, the capital of Albay Province

On the road to the Cagsawa ruins.

On the road to the Cagsawa ruins.

Here the base of Mayon is just peeking out of its skirt of clouds

Here the base of Mayon is just peeking out of its skirt of clouds

The famed belfry of the Cagsawa Church, the rest of which was buried in the lahar when Mt. Mayon erupted in 1814

The famed belfry of the Cagsawa Church, the rest of which was buried in the lahar when Mt. Mayon erupted in 1814

Through a window in the Cagsawa ruins

Through a window in the Cagsawa ruins

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