Last weekend, my family and I went on a family outing to celebrate the graduation of one of my cousins. We did this by visiting the top tourists spots in Iligan City. I usually blog about my trips to other cities and countries, so it’s only right that I should blog about my hometown as well – Iligan City. My hometown is known as the City of Majestic Waterfalls. The name Iligan is from the Higaunon (Lumad/Native of Iligan) word “Ilig” which means “to go downstream”. It has 23 waterfalls in and around the city, the most famous of which is Maria Christina Falls.
Maria Christina Falls
First stop – Maria Christina Falls. This is the landmark of Iligan City and is famous for its grandeur. But aside from it’s majestic beauty, it also powers the Agus VI Hydroelectric Plant and provides a source of energy to the city. If Maria Christina were a woman, she would have both beauty and substance. Unlike some of the falls in Iligan wherein you can bath and splash around at leisure, this one is strictly for viewing purposes only.
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Our second stop was Mimbalut Falls. The water of Mimbalut Falls flows down a bed of large rocks forming mini waterfalls and pool beds which you can swim around in. The rocks can be quite slippery so caution is encouraged. But otherwise, it’s the perfect place for photo ops and back massages.
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Our third stop, Tinago Falls, is one of the main tourist spots in Iligan City. Tinago is a Filipino term which means “hidden” and is an apt name for this beauty that’s hidden in a deep ravine. Tinago falls is like a hidden gem in the midst of nature wherein you’d have to descend about 500 steps to reach it. But the effort is well worth it for Tinago Falls is a beauty to behold. Cool refreshing waters cascade down a 240 foot drop right into a bright blue basin. For the dare devils, you can also climb up the smaller falls around the basin and jump into the welcoming waters. I tried it and the adrenaline rush was just awesome!
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Timoga Springs, our last stop, is a cluster of cold springs located in Buru-un, Iligan City. Unlike a lot of other resorts that have chlorine-filled pools Timoga is famous for its ice cold and refreshing spring water that come from Lake Lanao. The waters are so cold that it takes you a few moments to get accustomed to it. But once you’ve adjusted, you can swim around at leisure.
Iligan City is has many natural wonders that you can enjoy and discover. Discover Iligan today!
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