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Mt. Canlaon, Negros: Visayas' Highest Peak

Kanlaon has an elevation of 2,435 meters highest in Visayas (central Philippines group of islands) and a base diameter of 30 km and is dotted with pyroclastic cones and craters. The summit of Kanlaon contains a broad elongated northern caldera with a crater lake. A smaller but more active crater lies in the south.

The volcano has three hot springs on its slopes: Mambucal Hot Springs on the northwest, Bucalan Hot Spring, Bungol Hot Spring. Its adjacent volcanic edifices are Mt. Silay and Mt. Mandalagan, north of Kanlaon.

Laon is the name of an ancient Hiligaynon goddess. During pre-Hispanic times, the natives worshiped her as their Supreme Ruler. Kanlaon is derived from the old Visayan words ka which means for and Laon. The mountain is said to be where Laon made her presence to the people.

In ancient times, native priests (babaylan) would climb up the mountain and do rituals every good harvest season or when there is a special ceremony. They would also offer gifts as a sign of respect. Canlaon City now stands beside the mountain.
Un-established Trail
Un-established Trail
Lonely on Top
Lonely on Top
Margaja Valley
Margaja Valley
Campsite
Campsite
Food for the Soul
Food for the Soul
Handin Sang Balo
Handin Sang Balo
Danger Zone
Danger Zone
Distant View
Distant View
Backlighted
Backlighted
Crater Shot
Crater Shot
Saddle
Saddle
On the way Down
On the way Down
Gateway to Hell
Gateway to Hell