July 11, 2020 | 7:58 PM IST
Taal volcano

Philippine couple ties nuptial knot as Taal volcano activates in backdrop

A Philippine couple was formally pronounced ‘man and wife’ just as country’s most active volcano Taal got activated and belched ash and red-hot lava high in the air. The wedding was solemnized on Sunday and was attended by the couple’s - Chino Vaflor and Kat Bautista Palomar - close friends and relatives.

As the preparations for the ceremony got underway, Taal started coming to life around 2 pm. The wedding pictures became even more picturesque with a rare event happening barely a few miles away in the backdrop. The guests stayed calm throughout the ceremony.
Meanwhile, the wedding venue, Savanna Farm Tagaytay, shared an image of the ceremony in-process with swirls of smoke in the background. The picture was captioned ‘The wedding continues!’

The Philippine authorities raised a second-highest level warning ‘explosive eruption’ which could take place within ‘hours to days’. Around 4,50,000 people living within a 14 km radius of the volcano were asked to leave.
Since then, over 22,000 people have fled their homes after a volcano erupted on January 12. The authorities have warned people not to come back until the situation gets normalised. Manila’s international airport and schools have also been shut down. 

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