Fisherman Rogelito Cacao regularly visits his home on the volcanic island south of the Philippine capital.
“I miss our belongings but now they are covered in ash, our cattle like our cow, our horse, our pig, our boat and engines are all covered by the volcano, this is what I miss.”
Luisa Silva used to live at the foot of the Taal volcano and said that life will never be the same again.
“Right now life is very hard, we are not used to this. This is where we have experienced things that we have never experienced before, we don’t know where to start, ”he said.
Silva wants to return to the island if the government allows it.
He said they can grow vegetables and raise livestock in their homes on the island, saving them from having to buy food.
Their animals also took tourists to see the picturesque crater.
A popular tourist destination located in the middle of a lake, Taal erupted on January 12, 2020.
More than 5,000 people, many of them working as tour guides, fled the small island when the ground shook and the volcano spewed dark gray ash and steam into the sky.
Hundreds of horses, cows and other animals were left behind.
The eruption sparked an early crisis in what would turn out to be a difficult year in one of the most disaster-prone nations in the world.
Many evacuees stayed in state emergency shelters for a time, then returned to ash-covered towns and cities in Batangas province when the danger lessened.
But the volcanic island of Lake Taal is still too dangerous and the government prohibits the return of former residents.
Some have found other homes, but some 50 families are still living in tents a year after the eruption and are turning to odd jobs.
Calauit village chief Jimmy Tenorio said families still living in tents will be relocated soon.
Meanwhile, Taal still rumbles, with small earthquakes and faint plumes of steam rising from its crater.