Birth of a Volcano, Death of a Cemetery

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How the Birth of a Vulcan Caused the Death of a Filipino Cemetery

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There are no flowers or gravestones to mark the resting places of the lost citizens of Camiguin—only a giant cross rising up out of the water to indicate a cemetery that has been lost to the sea.

In the 1870s, a newly formed volcano, Mt. Vulcan, erupted nearby and caused the cemetery, along with the capital city surrounding it, to sink under sea level. In 1982, a lone, looming cross was built in order to commemorate this place of loss.

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Visitors can ride a boat out to the site and stand on its small base while it remains above water. Many take the small boat ride in order to take photos and soak in the view of the Mt. Vulcan, the volcano that sacrificed the people of Camiguin to the ocean to come into being.

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