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Gender Female
Region Visayas

Kan-Laon is the name of an ancient Visayan deity. During pre-Hispanic times, the deity was worshiped by indigenous people as their Supreme Ruler. In the Visayan language, Kan-Laon means "One Who Is the Ruler Of Time."

Kanlaon Volcano, is the largest active stratovolcano in the Philippines and highest peak in the Visayas region, specifically Negros, where it is situated.[1] The volcano is said to be where Laon made his presence felt to the people. In ancient times, native priests and priestesses (babaylan) would climb up the volcano and do rituals every good harvest season or when there was a special ceremony. They would also offer gifts as a sign of respect.

Kan-Laon has many counterparts all over the Philippine archipelago. Some of the more popular are Bathala of the Tagalogs, Gugurang of the Bicolanos, and Kabunian of the Ilocanos and Ifugaos.


  1. ^ Pinoy Moutaineer: Mount Kanlaon. Accessed August 28, 2008.

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