Maria Cristina Falls has been one of the most famed waterfalls in the Philippines. Its natural landmark makes the local government of Iligan City and its adjacent towns feel very proud. Its cascading water that comes from the Agus River harnesses power as one of the primary sources of electricity in the region. Local tourists and travelers, certainly, call it the “twin falls” because of its enormous rock dividing the flow of the waters. The splendid beauty of the falls even captivates the hearts of the tourists and makes this place a must-see allure in the Mindanao region, particularly in Iligan City and Linamon. Of course, Maria Cristina Falls receives care from the local government. The National Power Corporation, for instance, operates in it that gives people electric powers to all residential households, commercial buildings, and industries. As well, Maria Cristina’s Nature’s Park positions itself between the boundaries of barangays, such as Maria Cristina, Buru-un, and Dicutalan in which holidaymakers and local tourists can spot it directly. Unlike other falls, tourists from the main road can reach the place as they only spend 9.3 kilometers. As tourists do not need trekking to see its beauty due to the visibility of Maria Cristina Falls and Nature’s Park on the road, they can simply spell amazement and wonder of Iligan City.
Changing Business Conditions
The COVID-19 pandemic and the Red Alert statuses may, somehow, alter the course of actions and business transactions of Maria Cristina Falls. The local and national governments implement strict guidelines and rules on travel. Perhaps, local tourists and holidaymakers can check the tourism office of Iligan City or Linamon and check further details before going there for a swim. They need to check and prepare in advance so that everything will be set when the tourism office of Iligan City gives a go signal for tourists.
Reasons Why Tourists Visit Maria Cristina Falls
Well, the best reasons why tourists become excited about going to Maria Cristina Falls are the awesome landmark of Iligan City, the majestic 320-feet high waterfall, the splendid beauty of nature that school texts fail to describe, the river that flows at the bottom of the falls, the outsized viewing deck and the row of cottages, and the good ambiance of nature by the swishing water and the twittering birds.
The Nature’s Park
Conversely, the Nature’s Park appeared to be under the red alert status in 2018 due to minor issues. As a result, the management of Nature’s Park continued to improve the hanging bridge, the botanical garden, and the mini zoological park to remain off-limits for months. Tourists could even confirm that the usual adventure activities like the tree-top canopy and the zip-lines remained unavailable at that time in 2018. Some said that they were unable to come closer to the falls. According to Tupang Gala, the management placed the Nature’s Park under Red Alert Status because of the awful occasions, such as the bombing in Davao and the war in Marawi. Even if the war was over, the local government and the management of Nature’s Park and Maria Cristina imposed stern measures for the sake of security purposes. However, the place allows tourists to come on Saturdays and Sundays.
If everything is fine and set, tourists can go there at their convenience. After checking the tourism office and visiting the management of the site, tourists can start packing things well and heading to the area. They only need to pay ₱35.00 for the entrance fee with free parking.
Public Utility Vehicles
If local visitors are from the town proper, they can take jeepneys bound for Buru-an and Linamon with only ₱12.00 vehicle fare. They need to inform the driver to drop them off to the corner of the road where they can see Maria Cristina Falls. From there, they need to take motorcycles known locally as habal-habal for ₱30.oo per person. Perhaps, they can contact the motorcycle driver to pick them up when they want to go home for another ₱30.00. They have to make sure that their drivers are legitimate and registered members to avoid further incidents.
If tourists come from Cagayan de Oro City, they need to take a bus going to Iligan for only ₱100.00 fare on the Rural Transit bus. Upon arrival, take the jeep going to the town proper.
If tourists are from Cebu or Manila, they take Laguindingan Airport flights. Upon landing, they take the shuttle to Lagundingan Bus Terminal, ride a bus, and then take a van going to Iligan for only ₱85.00. What is more, one important note is that transportation remains available until 10 PM.
If tourists are from the town proper of Iligan, they need to travel to Buru-un. They can see the gateway to Maria Cristina Falls when they cross the bridge. Well, one important caution is that tourists need to be careful with the constricted and sheer road with a sharp curve while crisscrossing the road.
P.S. PRICE or FEE VARIES. Please check the management from time to time. Anyway, going on an excursion demands planning and preparation. In other words, please check the area first if you can buy something to eat and places to stay. Despite the present situations due to the COVID-19 pandemic and previous events in Marawi, Maria Cristina Falls has remained the best place to visit after this global crisis. At least, for now, we can say, “Welcome to Maria Cristina Falls.”