"The Mayon and I have had a love affair for years," writes Ted Aljibe, chief photographer in AFP's Manila bureau.
"It started when I was a little kid. I saw a photo in one of our school textbooks of a farmer taking shelter from the rain, under a coconut tree, with the Mayon volcano in the background. The image of the mountain, a near perfect inverted cone, captured my imagination. I promised myself that one day, I would see it in person."