If, like many, you were glued to social media on the day Taal Volcano rained ash across Luzon, chances are you came across this photo of a couple tying the knot in Tagaytay.
The image, which captures a wedding ceremony pushing through despite a massive cloud of hazardous volcanic ash beginning to consume the sky overhead, quickly went viral—the bride, groom, and attendees seemingly unaware of the natural disaster taking place in the background.
One of the guests at that ceremony was this ash-covered Volkswagen Kombi which served as the bridal car.
“At first I was amazed,” Aldwin Fausto, the Kombi’s owner of 10 years and one of the wedding guests tells told Top Gear Philippines. “Then it turned to worry.”
Fausto added that once the danger of ashfall became apparent, they quickly left with the vehicle to get away from it.
“Then soon as we realize the magnitude of the situation, we mobilized quickly to secure our safety together with all the guests and the couple and their family as well,” he said.
“We are based in Imus Cavite. Going there was swift. Going home we had to take a detour. So it took us about four hours instead of a normal one-and-a-half-hour drive.”
By the time the Kombi reached safety, it was covered in Taal Volcano’s ash. Thankfully, though, its passengers made it out without a scratch. Fausto added that his beloved Kombi—which is one of two he owns as part of his car collection—is now fine following a quick trip to a car wash.
Fausto and his Volkswagen Kombi were just one of the many daring stories of escape from Tagaytay that Sunday. Unfortunately, not everyone from the surrounding areas was as lucky. If you or anyone you know is still in need of emergency assistance, you can contact any of the numbers listed below:
How would you have handled the situation if you were in Fausto’s shoes? Would you have left the area as quickly as they did?