Mayon Watch: Non-local Heroes (Part 5 of a series)

The spirit of volunteerism never runs out in Albay in time of calamity and it’s a practice willingly shared by its international community.

Some 25 Indian students of Bicol Christian College of Medicine (BCCM) in Legazpi City conducted a gift-giving activity and a short variety program last January 25 at Bagumbayan Central School, where 3,922 residents from Buyuan village have been staying for four days already thanks to Mayon Volcano’s unrest.




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Mayon Watch: Don’t Judge Mayon’s Alert Level By The Pics You See Online (Part 4 of a series)

During the early weeks of Mayon’s unrest, some netizens, whose only evidence were the photos their o online friends were sharing, criticized the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) for not raising the alert level of Mayon Volcano to the highest 5 especially after seeing photos of its eruption columns online.

But Phivolcs Director Renato Solidum said that netizens must let the volcanologist at Phivolcs interpret Mayon’s activities and declare its alert level.




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Mayon Watch: Mariton Bornas (Part 1 of a series)

After being disillusioned by the rat race in her previous work at a company in the private sector in 1995, Ma. Antonia “Mariton” V. Bornas joined the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), where she is now the chief of Volcano Monitoring and Eruption Prediction Division.

Bornas, who grew up in Makati City, did not initially plan to be a volcanologist. Her father was from Nabua town in Camarines Sur so she remembers visiting there as a child and seeing Mount Asog (sometimes called Mount Iriga), an active volcano in the Bicol volcanic chain.




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