Mt. Mayon edited using the selfie app of Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, who has been famous recently for his selfies with ASEAN Summit leaders. Photo edited by Asuncion
Mayon memes flood following Mocha Uson’s ‘Naga’ mistake
Jan Milo Severo ( - January 26, 2018 - 12:00am

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.

Netizens immediately feasted on Mocha’s mistake in saying that the Mayon is in Naga, though Uson has already apologized for it.

Here are some of the memes making their rounds on social media.

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.

"It all started in Naga," Osma said in the caption. Screenshot from Facebook/Alveen Alamo Osma
Mayon in Chichén Itzá, Mexico. Screenshot from Facebook/Alveen Alamo Osma
Mayon with its twin, Mt. Fuji, in Japan. Screenshot from Facebook/Alveen Alamo Osma
Mayon in Ilocos Norte. Screenshot from Facebook/Alveen Alamo Osma
Mayon in Bohol. Screenshot from Facebook/Alveen Alamo Osma
Mayon in New York. Screenshot from Facebook/Alveen Alamo Osma
Mayon in China. Screenshot from Facebook/Alveen Alamo Osma
Mayon in Russia. Screenshot from Facebook/Alveen Alamo Osma
Mayon in Australia. Screenshot from Facebook/Alveen Alamo Osma
Mayon in Singapore. Screenshot from Facebook/Alveen Alamo Osma
Mayon in Paris. Screenshot from Facebook/Alveen Alamo Osma

There is also a picture that surfaced comparing the Mayon with Sauron’s Mount Doom from “The Lord of the Rings.”

Screenshot of a picture circulating on social media comparing Mayon to Sauron's Mount Doom.

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 description said, although it was made clear that the event is only for fun.

Screenshot of a pseudo event asking people to bring back Mayon Volcano to Albay.

For some netizens, still, volcanoes are “more fun in the Philippines.” What can you say, Bong Go?


Mt. Mayon edited using the selfie app of Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, who has been famous recently for his selfies with ASEAN Summit leaders. Photo edited by Asuncion


Screenshot of a meme circulating on social media.
Screenshot of a meme circulating on social media.

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