Leonardo DiCaprio to be treated like any other tourist, will not be allowed near Mayon Volcano

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda said Hollywood superstar Leonardo DiCaprio will not be allowed near the popular tourist spot Mayon Volcano--just like everyone else--when he visits Albay next month for an environmental awareness project, reports ABS-CBNNews.com.

According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHILVOLCS), the Mayon area is unsafe since the volcano still emits gases and lava.

Salceda will suggest other activities for DiCaprio like tree planting in Legazpi, jogging at Linyon Hill, and storytelling for kids at a relocation site in Daraga. Last week, the environmental group Pangataman-Bicol (Bicol Center for Environmental Protection) suggested an itinerary for DiCaprio, reports ABS-CBNNews.com. According to the group, DiCaprio should focus on Albay’s eco-critical areas like Rapu-Rapu Island, the town of Tiwi, and Palanog in Camalig. Pangataman-Bikol’s Board of Trustees President, Prof. Joel Batanes, said the Hollywood star should also interview locals "so they could effectively convey their message and suffering."

International Publicity at PR Asis Worldwide Director Joyce Ramirez said DiCaprio will stay for one week at the Misibis Bay Resort in Albay. However, Gov. Salceda said the length of DiCaprio’s visit is still indefinite.

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