The perfect cone of Mt Mayon (2462m) rises dramatically from the flat Albay terrain, and can be seen from as far away as Naga and Catanduanes. The volcano’s name derives from the Bicol daragan magayon (beautiful single lady), and the Philippines' most active volcano is a cantankerous beauty at that, responsible for over 40 deadly eruptions since 1616.
The last victims of Mt Mayon were four German hikers and a local guide, killed by a minor belch of ash and rock during their ascent of the peak in 2013. In 2006, after lava flows subsided, a biblically proportioned Typhoon Durian triggered mudslides on Mt Mayon that killed more than 1000 people, while in 1993, 77 people were killed by eruptions, including a team of American vulcanologists. The deadliest eruption to date took place in 1814, destroying the Cagsawa Church and killing over 1200 people.