Philippine Institute of Volcanology & Seismology

Around Manila

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology & Seismology, on the lakeside 3km west of the main Tagaytay road junction, houses a monitoring station, with a very basic on-site museum detailing previous eruptions and seismographs of recent events. If the door is locked just knock and somebody might materialise to let you in.

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