Filipino Couple Tied the Knot in Outdoor Ceremony as Taal Volcano Erupted in the Background
A couple in the Philippines decided to go ahead with their wedding the same day Taal Volcano's eruptions started. Since they tied the knot outdoors, unbelievable footage was captured by those in attendance.
On Sunday, Taal began spewing ash into the sky. But that didn't prevent Kat and Chino Vaflor from going through with their wedding despite being only ten miles away from the erupting volcano.
Wedding photographer, Randolf Evan captured incredible footage of the event, as clouds of smoke seemed to reach up into the sky right behind the couple exchanging vows.
The volcano is situated on the island of Luzon, approximately 37 miles south of Manila, and it started erupting on Sunday afternoon, forcing residents to evacuate.
"We were actually nervous because while working, we kept on checking social media for updates on the volcanic eruption. So we were actually aware of the warnings and escalating levels that were being announced real-time," Randolf told CNN.
Shortly after the eruption, experts warned that another "hazardous explosive eruption" could follow, and on Monday, red-hot lave started gushing out.
The wedding took place at Savanna Farm Tagaytay by Solange, and Randolf added that the nerve-racking experience had them discreetly discuss among themselves what to do if the "worst comes to worst."
The volcanic activity escalated rapidly as The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology reported, and constant eruptions caused clouds of ash 6 to 9 miles above the crater.
Evacuation orders for residents of Taal Volcano island and towns nearby soon followed, and the volcanic activity on Monday caused masses of villagers to flee. At the same time, Manila closed its international airport, schools, and offices.
Clouds of ash greatly affected visibility. It blew more than 62 miles north of the volcano, reaching the capital with ease, and over 500 flights had to be canceled while police reported the evacuation of more than 13, 000 villagers.
While several residents left the danger area without a fuss, others refused to leave their farms and homes out of fear, as Mayor Wilson Maralit of Belete town reportedly said during an interview:
“We have a problem, our people are panicking due to the volcano because they want to save their livelihood, their pigs and herds of cows. We’re trying to stop them from returning and warning that the volcano can explode again anytime and hit them.”
The eruption caused over 2,500 people to leave their homes, and as one of five volcanos on Hawaii's Big Island, the lava plowed through approximately eight miles of property.