Taal Volcano is located on the island Luzon, south of the Philippines’ captial Manila. It has been selected as one of 15 Decade Volcanoes. There is currently no Taal-homepage by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology’s (PHIVOLCS), hence this is only an unofficial home-page (PhiVolcs’ “blessing” is indicated by a link from the PhiVolcs-www-page to this site). Aside from information on Taal, this site provides information on and translations of 19th century work of German/Austrain scientists travelling the Philippines and exerpts from the famous work of Fr. Saderra Maso, who summarized the pre-1911 activity on the basis of historical (“hard-to-get-to”) accounts.