Unveiling Geotourism of Mayon Lava Wall Natural Geological Land Formation
Geotourism today is essentially a cultural response to the physical landscape. More specifically, it combines geologically-based tourism in suitable locations with interpretation, education, and awareness raising to foster geoconservation and sustainable economic benefits for local communities based on their geoheritage (Gordon, 2018). Volcanic eruptions draw pyroclastic materials that could create various volcanic landforms. These natural events provide a connection between the cultural and natural processes of nature. This cultural mapping research was conducted to account the natural geological and physiographical land formation in the geographical landscape of Legazpi City through purposive cultural mapping. The study uncovered that the Barangay Mabinit, Legazpi City is a place where the awe-inspiring natural land formation from the Mayon Volcano molten lava can be found – the Mayon Lava Wall or what others call, Mayon Black Lava. The said place has become a favorite destination among local and foreign tourists considering its distinct rock formation, spectacular scenic view, green foliage, and the breathtaking perspective of the Albay gulf. The study recommends the development of a geotourism plan for ecological conservation and protection of the site. The study further emphasizes the role of the local government in conserving and safeguarding the integrity of the site’s ecosystem to produce more economic benefits for local communities. Future researchers may conduct similar studies on volcanic landforms around the world.