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n eerie photograph of ash cloud formations around the erupting Mayon Volcano in the Philippines which appears to resemble two people embracing has triggered a viral online debate over whether it is a new representation of an ancient myth.


Locals say the formation - photographed by Bro. Jun Santiago - bears an uncanny similarity to the ancient and tragic tale of the demise of a woman called Magayon (beautiful) who ran away with her warrior lover to escape an unwanted suitor.

据当地人说——这张照片是Bro. Jun Santiago拍摄的——这与一古老的悲剧传说有着惊人的相似之处,一个已逝的名为Magayon(美丽)的女人,为逃离一个她讨厌的追求者与她的战士情人私奔了。

When her lover is shot and killed by an arrow as the couple try to flee her father and tribesmen she commits suicide by stabbing herself.


The unusual embracing couple cloud formation above the volcano (top image) has prompted locals to speculate that an ancient tragic love story is being rekindled (bottom image)

Legend has it that several years after they died their burial ground began to assume the shape of a volcano which people named Mayon in honour of the broken-hearted lover.


【The Legend of Mount Mayon
The legend tells of a beautiful princess named Magayon who fell in love with Panganoron who had saved her from drowning. Paratuga whom she rejected forced her father and demanded her hand in marriage as ransom.The wedding ceremony was already being performed when Panganoron arrived at the village of Paratuga. Upon seeing him Magayon rushed towards him but was hit by a stray arrow. As he lifted her body somebody attacked him from behind. They both died.The lovers were buried by Magayon’s father together with all her earthly possessions including the gold pearls and diamonds which had been given by Paratuga as wedding gifts. The burial mound kept rising higher and higher until it became a volcano with a perfect cone.】



Another explanation for the unusual cloud formation is that it looks like Mary supporting Jesus Christ News.abs-cbn.com reported.


Some social media users however offered an altogether more prosaic explanation for the unusual cloud. They said it was a sign that people living within the vicinity of the volcano should immediately evacuate the area ahead of an even bigger eruption.


The volcano is one of the most active in the Philippines erupting twice last weekend

Mt Mayon (8077 ft) is located in the central Philippines about 210 miles south-east of Manila. It is the country's largest and most populous island.


Lava cascades down the slopes of Mayon volcano as fears increase the mountain could become even more explosive

Lava is continuing to cascade down the slopes of Mayon volcano as seen from Legazpi city Albay province about 210 miles south-east of Manila

The mountain is renowned for its 'perfect cone' because of its symmetrical and conical shape.


It is one of the most active volcanoes in the Philippines erupting twice last weekend with further major eruptions and tremors imminently feared as magma continues to pile up on its summit.


The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology earlier this week increased the alx level for Mount Mayon to three on a scale of five indicating an increased prospect of a hazardous eruption 'within weeks or even days'.


Lava flowed at least half a mile down a gully from the crater on Monday morning and ash clouds appeared mid-slope as lava fragments rolled down said Renato Solidum who heads the volcano institute.

火山研究所的负责人雷纳托·索利杜姆(Renato Solidum)表示,周一早晨,熔岩从火山口至少喷出半英里,火山灰云出现在半坡上,熔岩碎片不断滚下来。

About 15000 people have already been evacuated with more expected to follow.