A photo shared by Dingdong Dantes captured just how humongous the plume of ash emitted by Taal Volcano was on Sunday.
In his IG post, the actor said the photo was taken in Indang, Cavite, about seven kilometers from Tagaytay Road.
The phreatic eruption that occurred Sunday morning was accompanied by sounds and tremors recorded in the area.
A photo shared by actress Jennica Garcia showed how the plume had reached the cloud line.
In the caption, the actress said she got the photo from her husband who was in Batangas at the time. Jennica also expressed her sympathies with affected residents and animals, and called for more assistance and prayers.
UPDATE: I learned through the comments section and text messages from friends that Batangas, Cavite and even BGC and Pasig which is in Metro Manila are also affected. My husband who is in Batangas for work sent me this photo. He said that TAAL VOLCANO erupted. Let’s pray for the people in Tagaytay. I don’t know how they are at the moment but so many families live there. I am also worried about the animals residing near the volcano. ???? I hope they too, are getting help. Let’s update each other through the comments section of this post on the current status of Tagaytay and share means of helping particular areas that needs help. . Let’s pray for the families, including the wild animals in the area. . Please include my brother Eujin, Sir Chito Miranda, Neri and their son in your prayers. Tagaytay is their home. Salamat po.
Many shared the distressing effects of the ashfall from the eruption, which has reached several areas surrounding Batangas, including Metro Manila.
Chito Miranda, for example, shared on IG that a mud-like substance coated his windshield while he was on the road.
"Grabe na ulan dito! Parang putik na may kasamang abo at pebbles!Ingat kayo lahat!" the singer said.
The ashfall has also reached Doug Kramer's home. "Praying for everyone's safety. Especially those in the south!" he said.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) had raised an Alert Level 4 over the volcano by Sunday evening.
Several celebrities are sending their prayers as the eruption has prompted thousands of residents to flee.
"Hoping everyone stays safe during this time. Phivolcs has already raised Alert level 4 so please be sure to stay alert, aware, and updated," Heart Evangelista said in a post.
"Sending prayers to those who are affected by this unfortunate situation," she added.
—Margaret Claire Layug/KG, GMA News