Iligan City: Bewitching Maria Cristina Falls

Until now I can’t believe I’m in Mindanao. I used to encounter the names of these towns and cities in my Sibika at Kultura and HEKASI books and in televisions only. And now I’m actually here touring. The feeling is surreal. I feel blessed to be able to experience all this.

Being here for 7 days is actually financially draining especially there’s only two of us sharing the expenses. So visiting Iligan City all depends on the remaining budget we still have. Glad we’re able to make it. Can’t wait to get to Iligan City, nicknamed as the City of Majestic Falls for there are more than 20 waterfalls in the city.

8:00 AM We left the hotel and rode a jeepney to Bulua Terminal.

8:15 AM We’re at the terminal, it’s just a short ride. We had a small bowl of La Paz Batchoy and suman for breakfast.

8:35 AM We paid for our fare and climbed the bus.

8:45 AM After 10 minutes of waiting the bus departs even if it’s not full yet. Good. 🙂 We told the conductor to drop us to Iligan City (bus stop) then we tried to sleep even for few minutes. Power nap it is.

11:40 AM At the bus stop. We rode a jeepney to market. Told the driver we’re going to Maria Cristina Falls. He suggested then we get off the church instead, he’ll drop us there. Then after ride a jeepney to Buru-un and tell the driver to drop you to highway going to Maria Cristina Falls. From there it’s just few minutes walk to NPC Complex.

Entrance to NPC National Park

After paying the shuttle fee and entrance fee we waited for the shuttle to arrive.

First we went to Botanical and Zoological Gardens

Ostrich Park will welcome you. 

There’s an orchidarium and butterfly farm as well.

Meet Makoy

There are also crocodiles and ducks and inside there are also kiosks where visitors can sit and rest for a while.

There’s also a bridge but it’s currently closed. We’re not allowed to cross the other side of the Park. Wondering why.

After here we asked the guard for the shuttle to pick us up. I can’t wait to see Maria Cristina Falls. On our way we saw a lot of these cute little monkeys.

Stairs to the Maria Cristina Falls viewing deck.

Maria Cristina Falls is a waterfall of the Agus River on the island of Mindanao. It is sometimes called the “twin falls” as the flow is separated by a rock at the brink of the waterfall. It is the second highest falls in the Philippines.

It is located 9.3 kilometers away southwest of the city proper at the boundaries of Barangays Maria Cristina, Ditucalan, and Buru-un. Well known for its natural beauty and grandeur, the 320 – feet (98 meters) high waterfall is also the primary source of electric power for the city’s industries, being harnessed by the Agus VI Hydroelectric Plant. –Wikipedia

I’m not prepared on the sight I saw. I’m stunned. For few minutes can’t get off my eyes. I can feel it’s power and this falls is truly intimidating. She really knows how beautiful she is.

Flowing water from the falls.

Earl on the viewing deck.

There’s also a souvenir shop and a diner not far from the viewing deck. Since its past lunchtime we had a cheeseburger just so to pacify our grumbling stomachs.

Watching the water cascading down so powerful and strong, I’m simply bewitched. 

Bits of Info:

On arrival you have to register first at the security office before paying your fees (entrance and vehicle ride fee).

Entrance Fee

  • Regular – P35
  • Senior Citizen / Student – P25
  • Vehicle Ride / Shuttle Fee – P10
  • Zipline – P200

*Expenses on the 1-day Iligan City Tour will be on the next entry.

Next: Iligan City: Tinago Falls – A Sight to Behold

4 comments on “Iligan City: Bewitching Maria Cristina Falls

  1. That’s the nearest one can get?

  2. Is the park open everyday to the public? Thanks!

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