Duration: ~10-12 hours
Budget: ~Php2,000 (Budget is only for rental of 4×4 vehicles and food, additional cost for transportation fee may apply)
Bummers: unfit body for trekking, extreme heat, scared of cows
Mt. Pinatubo is no longer a scary place. It is now a popular destination after many years since its eruption..
Mt. Pinatubo has once caused wreckage and havoc to many residents of Central Luzon. Growing up in Tarlac, I was part of the population that was largely affected by its massive eruption. I could still remember that no matter how young I was back then, I was so scared of it. I even saw its pyroclastic cloud and could still remember clearly how it looks during its eruption. Earthquakes, ash fall, and lahar flow are three of the things experienced by most people in the affected areas.
However, after two decades, Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption has provided an opportunity to nearby villages to earn money. Mt. Pinatubo trek is now a very popular activity that many people enjoy doing. Moreover, volcanic ash spa is also widely known due to the supposed health benefits that it provides to people who get one.