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Chasing Waterfalls in Iligan City

By on May 29, 2016

Chasing Waterfalls in Iligan City

I once did a blog a collaboration with Lisa Mirasol of where we shared various travel tips about Iligan, a highly-urbanized city in Southern Philippines.

Little did I know that a few months after I published that entry, I was fortunate enough to return to my beloved birthplace to participate in the Waterfalling Adventure Tour 3.0, a unique weekender organized by the Iligan Bloggers Society.

During that long weekend, IBS took me and the other participating bloggers around 5 of the city’s towering cascades.


Surprised by Dodiongan

The 65 ft Dodiongan Falls was the first stop in our adventure. It’s located at Barangay Bonbonon, 14 km away from the city center. From the jump-off, we took a short hike and crossed a river a few times before we almost reached the foot of the falls.

Chasing Waterfalls Iligan - Dodiongan Falls

I say ‘almost’ because the weather that afternoon took a turn for the worse. The Dodiongan that we witnessed was not a timid and gentle beauty that we expected. When we arrived, she began to unleash her full, brutal glory.


The Mighty Limunsudan

The call time the following morning was a rather ungodly 3 AM. This however gave us the headstart that we needed to reach Limunsudan, a two-tiered 870 ft marvel located in a far-flung community in Rogongon. It is said to be the second highest cascade in the Philippines, only next to Aliwagwag which actually has multi-level drops. But compared to the latter, Limunsudan is not as accessible.

Chasing Waterfalls Iligan - Limunsudan Falls

You see, it took us 5 hrs just to reach this waterfall, a journey that involved passing through 3 provinces in Mindanao – Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon and Lanao del Sur. Despite the often bumpy ride, we thoroughly enjoyed every single minute of our trip. Hey, this was where the #IntimateFriendships hashtag came to be. ūüėČ


What happened to you Mimbalot Falls?

On our last day, we explored the Tourism Triangle of Iligan – Mimbalot, Tinago and Maria Cristina. They are called as such because these waterfalls are geographically near to each other.

Chasing Waterfalls Iligan - Mimbalot Falls

Among the 3, there’s something terribly amiss with the unabated development around the 90 ft Mimbalot. But if you can look past the picnic huts and structures built beside it, you might find it to be a beautiful waterfall to behold.


Tinago’s Hidden Beauty

Our group proceeded to Tinago next, a beautiful yet hidden cascade located 13.8 km from the city center. From what I can remember though, it was just a short drive from Mimbalot. We then took ~400 steps down to the falls’ wide basin-like pool.

Chasing Waterfalls Iligan - Tinago Falls

There are many activities that can be had at Tinago. You can rent a raft that will take you to the very base of the waterfalls. For the more adventurous, there are elevated areas where you can cliff dive into Tinago’s deep natural pool. Just remember to reserve some energy in climbing up the same ~400 steps back to the jumpoff.


Finally, the timeless Maria Cristina Falls

The last stop in our WAT 3.0 adventure was the timeless and post-card perfect Maria Cristina. It is undoubtedly one of Iligan’s source of pride as this 320 ft waterfall is part of the Agus hydroelectic project that supplies majority of Mindanao’s electricity.

Chasing Waterfalls Iligan - Maria Cristina Falls

I’ve seen the Maria Cristina Falls a lot of times already. But during that rainy afternoon, it felt like it still was my first.

Our waterfalls-chasing culminated at Villa Sabarre in Palao. We’ve been told that there are at least 10 or 15 more waterfalls in Iligan but these can no longer be squeezed in our already full-packed schedule. This was the reason why some of my new travel blogger-friends stayed for a few more days in the city.

Chasing Waterfalls - Family Picture

WAT 3.0 family picture courtesy of Alex Singcol Jr.

Boy I wished I could join them but I can’t afford anymore to rebook my return flight to Cebu. Nonetheless, I was glad to finally chase majestic waterfalls in Iligan, which was something that I’ve been meaning to do for the longest time.

Waterfalling Adventure Tour 3.0 by the Iligan Bloggers Society, Inc. will not be possible without the support from the following partners Iligan City Government, 4th Mechanized Infantry Batallion, IHARRA , and Iligan Chamber and event sponsors:

¬†[Jacko’s Kan-Anan] [Jollibee] [Calda Pizza] [Jasmine Pensionne Home] [Tita Fannie’s] [Tatay’s Grill]

With the support of:¬†Keepsakes Iligan¬†| Adventist Medical Center- Iligan | NPC Nature’s Park¬†| Bob NYUSA¬†|¬†The Good Type |¬†Margeuries House of Goodies

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    May 29, 2016

    Reminiscing the wet days


Brennan Mercado
The Philippines

Brennan is an electronics engineer by profession. From time to time, he gets to travel beyond his office cubicle, try new restaurants or catch up with his terribly long list of unread books. He likes museums, spicy food and talking with habal-habal drivers. For now, he's still deciding on whether to play Pokémon GO or not.

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