MANILA, Philippines — Filipinos’ witticism and sarcasm strike again as memes of the erupting volcano Mt. Mayon in Albay have went viral on social media.
With thousands of people evacuating, the eruption is no laughing stock. Yet some netizens cannot help but lighten a gloomy situation by making parodies out of it.
Some of the memes were inspired by the recent Facebook Live video of Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson.
In the video, Mocha ranted that people are bringing up the issue regarding her award given by the University of Santo Tomas Alumni Association to silence the issues on Dengvaxia; Sen. Franklin Drilon’s Napoles connection; and the Mayon Volcano in “Naga.”
“Ginagamit po ng ilang mga tao itong maliit na issue sa award para pagtakpan’ yung issue ng Dengvaxia, issue ng pagtanggap diumano ni Senator Drilon ng pera galing kay Napoles, at yung pinakamahalaga pa yung nangyayari sa Naga, ‘yang pag-aalburoto ng Mayon volcano,” she said in the Facebook video.
Netizen Alveen Alamo Osma posted on Facebook an album of pictures that re-imagine the Mayon Volcano touring around the world.
“Since umalis din lang nman ang Mayon at nasa Naga na pala, lubusin na natin ang lakwatsa nya,” Osma wrote in his album’s caption. The album, which had over 28,000 likes, has been taken down as of this writing.
There is also a photo that surfaced comparing Mayon with Sauron’s Mount Doom from “The Lord of the Rings.”
Meanwhile, a Facebook page called Heneral Luna Memes posted a meme that quotes an adage, “Faith can move mountains,” together with a photo of Mocha with the caption, “I can move volcano.”
An event page was also created to allegedly mobilize people to bring back Mayon Volcano to Albay.
“Magkaisa at magtulong tulong po tayo para maibalik ang Mayon Volcano sa tama niyang kinalalagyan - sa Albay. Kaya natin to!” the post’s descriptioread. It was made clear that the event is only for fun.
For some netizens, still, volcanoes are “more fun in the Philippines.” What can you say, Bong Go?