Mud-cloaked tourist sites abandoned after Taal’s eruption

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 13 2020 08:07 PM | Updated as of Jan 13 2020 08:08 PM


TAGAYTAY CITY - Several tourist destinations near the Taal volcano were cloaked in thick mud, Monday, prompting establishments to evacuate tourists from these once-picturesque destinations.

CLUB BALAI ISABEL

One of the biggest lake-side resorts in Talisay, Batangas seemed like a jungle after trees fell under the weight of the mud.

Its manicured lawns and beaches that used to be popular venues for wedding receptions - with the Taal volcano in the backdrop - was doused with dirt and grime.

Jetskis, kayaks and an inflatable park were also covered in dust as the Philippines’ second most active volcano continuously spewed ash for over 24 hours.

“Malungkot at nanghihinayang din dahil yung magaganda naming puno parang naglaho na parang bula lang,” BJ Misyon, one of the resort’s staff, told ABS-CBN News.

TAGAYTAY PICNIC GROVE

Tagaytay’s picnic grove was also blanketed in gray mud.

The nipa huts and the grove that once brimmed with tourists was sullied by ash from the Taal.

Powerlines and tree canopies were also downed by the heavy ashfall, said Dennis Visitacion, the picnic grove’s electrician.

“First time namin na makitang ganito,”

“Nalulungkot kami dahil yung park na ipinagmamalaki namin ganito na. Pero wala tayong magagawa, kalikasan e,” said Nila Asito, a maintenance staff who has been working at Picnic Grove since 2005.

TAGAYTAY ROTONDA

Tagaytay’s round about that welcomed tourists to the cool lake-side city was covered in ash, while nearby roads and establishments were blemished with mud.

Several establishments in the city center - including fast food chains and gasoline stations - were closed as their facades and equipment were also doused with grime.

SKY RANCH

Tagaytay’s theme park was also closed to the public a day after the Taal volcano started rumbling.

Ash covered the roofs and fences of the Sky Ranch while its rides were also left exposed to the sulfuric dust particles.

Local government officials have decided to douse primary roads with water as rescue vehicles have been having a hard time traversing the slippery mud-laden roads.

The Taal volcano began spewing mud, Sunday afternoon. Hours later lava began to erupt from its crater, prompting local government officials to order the immediate evacuation of families living near the island volcano.