Why There is More to Iligan City's 20 Majestic Waterfalls
Rosegem Bim Gaite | Sep 28, 2015
Iligan, a highly urbanized city in Northern Mindanao, is situated within the province of Lanao del Norte but administered independently from the province. Claiming its independence as a chartered city in the year 1950, Iligan is dubbed as the City of Majestic Waterfalls.
In the heart of the city lies the head quarters nestled safely at the peak of Buhanginan Hills. Also, within this compound lies the region's the largest open air tourism center: The Anahaw Amphitheater.
Iligan got its name from the Higaonon word Ilihan which means fortress or defense. Horse-drawn carriages or locally termed as Tartanilla are still found on the streets and became a mode of transportation.
It is also common to find the remnants of old fashion wooden houses in between modern and recently built buildings.
A noted heritage home in Iligan is the Macaraeg-Macapagal Ancestral House. Renovated as a city museum, visitors can go for a walking tour to know about the history of the place.
Perhaps, one of the most significant places in Iligan city is the St. Michael the Archangel Cathedral which is built in 1950s. The Cathedral is the cities center of devotion to their patron saint. This deep devotion culminates its annual celebration, the Diyandi Festival.
Iligan City offers a rich and complex yet tranquil end of a completely diverse people where the generations of the old and new meet.
It is the city's natural attraction that remained the city's glory. One of the Famous is no other than the Maria Cristina Falls, located in the Brgy. of Maria Cristina. running through the Agus River, this towering falls has a height of 80 meters high. Nothing beats the word MAJESTIC when you see the white, mysty curtains falling. the waters can supply enough electricity upto 80% of the whole Mindanao.
Located at the Brgy. of Ditucalan, you can find the surreal beauty of the Tinago Falls. Tinago is a local term meaning hidden. There are more than 300 steps before you can experience the enchanting beauty of Tinago Falls.
Among the popular falls also, you can find the Dodiongan Falls situated at Barangay Bonbonon.
Another is the Mimbalut Falls situated at the Brgy. of Buru-un. Both waterfalls provide picnic areas under the shaded green trees.
There are more than 20 waterfalls and countless springs you can visit. So now, it's your turn to explore the majestic city of Iligan!