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The Philippines takes pride of having Mount Mayon as its major tourist attraction because it is the most perfectly symmetrical volcano in the world. It is an active volcano located in the province of Albay,554 km. south of Manila and majestically rises at the height of 8,189 ft. above sea level.

Records show that the name Mayon comes from Magayon or Maygayon, which means beautiful. It was later called Mayong and finally became Mayon.

Mayon's base is 62.8 km. The volcano has a circumference of 31.4 km. It has a slope of 35 degrees along its incline and its crater is about 2 hectares in diameter. At its foot lies the towns of Sto. Domingo, Daraga, Camalig, Guinobatan and Legaspi City.

The mountain reveals its serene beauty through an occasional tendril of smoke rising from its crater. Clouds sometimes cover the volcano, hiding its virgin splendor from the admiring eyes of tourists. At night,its halo of vapor gives off a bright glow.

However, on certain days of fury, the volcano erupts and spews molten lava with its whole structure trembling. During these times, people all over are fascinated at this once-in-a-lifetime spectacle of fireworks. They flock to Albay to witness the event.

On clear days, both local and foreign mountain climbers take a hike up the mountain to its crater. Certain group climbing expeditions are organized by the Department of Tourism.

Mt. Mayon is the most symbolized structure in the Philippines today. Pictures of it are sent all over the world.

There are certain speculations regarding the mountain's age. Some researchers estimated it to be about 1 million years, while other scientists reported it to be no older than 4,500 years.

A Dutch explorer named Jorge Spielberg recorded the mountain's first eruption in Feb. 1616. Since then, it has erupted no less than 40 times. On Feb. 1, 1817, the worst eruption occured which killed 1,200 people and buried the nearby towns.