It boggles me as to why Taal Lake is not generally considered as a supervolcano. All the characteristics of a supervolcano (collapsed caldera, gigantic ridges, etc.) are inherent in her. The breathtaking landscape of Tagaytay ridge, for instance, is actually the enormous rim of that ancient supervolcanic crater.
If I’m not mistaken, Taal Lake is the only supervolcano that still has an active crater in its center. Therefore, in my opinion, this makes Taal Volcano as the most dangerous in the world. To say that it is just one of the most dangerous is already false humility.
After reading Thomas R. Hargrove’s famous little book about Taal Lake and its mysterious volcano, I am finally convinced that people should stay out of the danger zone… PERMANENTLY. According to Hargrove’s research, several towns surrounding the lake were buried and/or submerged underwater throughout Taal Volcano’s recorded history. The Spanish friars tried their best to take the native Batangueños away from the volcano. They have transferred from place to place whenever the volcano’s unpredictable fury took away their homes. But now that they’re gone, their flocks’ stubborn descendants keep on returning to where they shouldn’t be in the first place.