Thursday, December 27, 2018

Mayon Volcano: The Muse Behind Catriona Gray's Ms. Universe-Worthy Gown


If  the intricate beading and fiery color were not enough hints for figuring out

the inspiration behind Catriona Gray's Ms. Universe-winning attire, then I guess

its moniker "Lava Gown" was a dead giveaway.



I never expected anything associated with the term "lava" to be synonymous

with something sexy; but, designer Mak Tumang proved everyone wrong when

Catriona Gray had donned the intense-looking gown before she strutted down

the 2018 Ms. Universe stage with what we now call as the "lava walk."  

Having seen the Mayon Volcano up close, it's no wonder that the designer and 

the new Ms. Universe were so captivated to the point of creating an evening 

gown because of it.




The first time we saw this natural wonder located in Albay, the volcano's perfect 

cone was barely visible due to a group of obstinate clouds unwilling to let 

visitors bask in the volcano's complete glory.  Old folks, however, have a 

different interpretation on this matter. 



Legend has it that whenever the clouds envelop the mountain, Panganoron

the brave warrior who loved Magayon, the only daughter of the tribal chief of 

Rawis, is indeed kissing her; and, when the rains do trickle down the slopes, 

they are actually Panganoron's tears as he mourns for his lost love.

Clouds swirling around the world-famous Mayon Volcano in Albay




But we didn't travel 11 hours from Manila to Legazpi to be found wanting.

That's why we watched the volcano like a hawk from every possible angle.

Clouds start dissipating around the world-famous Mayon Volcano in Albay


The good thing is, the Mayon is so mighty and resplendent that it's impossible to

see anything else when you're traveling all over Legazpi.

Mt. Mayon In All Its Glory


That translates to a plethora of chances for photo-ops, selfies, and famfies.

It's A Triumph In Itself Just to See Mt. Mayon



Footnote: 

I used Fujifilm X-A2 for this particular blog post.

Photo of Fujifilm X-A2










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