By Marisol Bo-oc | 12:18 PM August 20, 2021
A quarry lake in Barangay Ilihan in Ubay town has now become a tourist attraction as it offers a stunning setting for Instagrammers looking for the perfect selfie.
Tourists come to see the gemlike caldera lake or simply enjoy its beauty.
Many netizens said the water looks like the Mt. Pinatubo crater lake.
“Mt. Pinatubo crater lake? Nope. It’s in Ubay,” said netizen Dholie Pis-o who shared striking photos of the place.
However, the pursuit of envy-inducing images is leading to risky behavior.
The site is actually a water-filled open pit from a disused mine and its waters are contaminated with toxic chemicals.
Tourists have been warned not to dive into the lake because its toxic waters could lead to health issues, the Department of Health said.
Quarry lakes may look inviting on a hot summer’s day, but there are a number of hidden dangers like deep water, underwater ledges and recesses, hidden currents and tunnels, submerged plants, pollution and dangerous algae.