MANILA - Love truly conquers all.
They say the wedding day is one to remember forever. And for a newlywed couple in Albay, their day was made even more special by the Mayon Volcano, still picturesque even as it continued to vent lava and ash on Thursday.
Lensman Franklyn Deo Moraleda Nebreja captured a rare photograph of newlyweds Arlo Gerald De La Cruz and Maria Hussa Maica De La Cruz, who tied the knot on Thursday at the Nuestra Señora de la Porteria Parish Church.
In his snap, the couple could be seen locked in an embrace with the erupting Mayon Volcano behind them.
"Kahit na pumuputok ang bulkan, tuloy pa rin tayo. Laban lang! Walang makakapigil sa atin," Nebreja wrote in the quotes in a post on Facebook.
(Even if the volcano is erupting, we'll carry on. Fight! Nothing can stop us.)
As of posting time, Nebreja's photo of the couple has awed netizens and has become viral with over 71,000 likes and 23,000 shares.
Incidentally, another photographer also captured a snapshot of the couple.
Romeo Mariano, who was in Albay to capture photos of the rumbling volcano, also got the opportunity to photograph the couple.
"Wedding of the Century," he wrote as a caption.
Speaking to ABS-CBN News, Mariano said the couple was at the viewing deck of a restaurant within the church compound when the volcano began spewing ash and lava on Thursday afternoon.
"Napadaan lang ako. Actually, I was there for the Mayon eh nakita ko sila kaya kinunan ko na rin," Mariano said.
(I was just passing by. I was there for the Mayon Volcano but I saw them so I took a picture as well.)
"Tamang-tama pumutok 'yung bulkan kaya ayun, kinunan ko na rin sila," he added.
(The timing was right since the volcano was erupting so I took a photo of the couple as well.)
At least 40,000 residents have been evacuated in towns near the volcano after Alert Level 4, the second highest level in a five-step warning system, was raised over Mayon on Monday. This alert warns of an imminent hazardous eruption.
Mayon, known for its near perfect cone, last erupted in 2014. Its most destructive eruption was in February 1841, when lava flows buried a town and killed 1,200 people.