Maria Cristina Falls: Embracing nature at its best

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.

A Glimpse of the Beautiful Nature of Maria Cristina Falls, 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.

A Must-Visit Venue and Highlight of Maria Cristina Falls in Iligan City

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.

Admission

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.

Directions

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.

Private Vehicles

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.”  

Tinago Falls: Iligan City’s hidden wealth to see

Iligan City’s waterfall pride gives us an exciting wet adventure. Wikipedia, which is an open dictionary, provides us the location of Tinago Falls. Bloggers, as well as vloggers, mention that the cascades of water of Tinago Falls on the Agus River fall in between the town of Linamon and Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. Local travelers and holidaymakers know that this place is in the northern part of Mindanao in the Philippine islands and that they love the location where they can spend their long weekend adventure. Tinago Falls appears to be the City of Majestic Waterfalls and one of the significant tourist attractions of Linamon town or Iligan City.

Despite the odds in the world today, we can still find joy in nature…

We may be wondering where we get the term “Tinago.” Well, “Tinago” means “hidden” or “concealed,” which translates hidden falls for “Tinago Falls.” Based on the geographic location of the tourist spot, Tinago Falls is being hidden in a subterranean gorge in which all tourists and vacationers must go through roughly 500 zigzagging stairways. The descending steps toward the falls allow vacationers do their physical exercises by walking and make them keep this beautiful spot. This concealed tourist attraction, which is hidden from the strangers at first, slowly gains its guests and visitors. As well, only those who know the area and those who keep on visiting the place can enjoy the cold cascading waters. However, we need other people to visit the place and experience swimming. We can tell that Tinago Falls gives us an exciting feeling as we descend through the winding staircases into the calm and deep basin-like structure of the pool.

Surprisingly, we can witness the miracle of the place. The cerulean blue lagoon in the basin-like pool beautifully enchants us, as well as compels us to dive into it. A writer from Wikipedia mentions that the presence of a small cave veiled somewhere in the cascading waterfalls adds wonder of some legends and the unknown. As pointed out, tourists can listen to the echoing and reverberating waters as they enter into the cave.

Before we forget, we want our readers to know the location of Tinago Falls. They have to check the cavernous ravine in Barangay Ditucalan, Iligan City where they can find the dropping waters from the falls that plunge 240 feet high from a cliff. This measure seems inviting that we can take our time partaking into and swimming in Iligan City’s best waterfall in the country. As one of the urban centers of Northern Mindanao, Iligan City becomes the metropolis of imposing and magnificent waterfalls like the well-known Maria Cristina Falls.

Embracing happiness with nature even keeps us going forward…

So, what are we waiting for? We need to check the Tourism Office of Iligan City if everything is set due to the changing guidelines and instructions from the local and national governments. Once all are set, we have to pack our things up, get ready for our swimming gear, and plunge into the cool and refreshing waterfalls.

Oh, how do we get there?

    • If we are from Luzon and Visayas, Laguindingan Airport gives us the best entry point. Laguindingan Airport provides us a comfortable and pleasurable trip to both cities of Iligan and Cagayan de Oro. From Laguindingan Airport, we can get a shuttle vehicle service to Iligan City. When we arrive, we can see various booths for the shuttle vehicle services like the Super 5 buses or vans to the city. We only need less than two hours for travel. 
    • If we are from Cagayan de Oro City Proper, we have to head to Westbound Integrated Bus and Jeepney Terminal. We take the non-stop or not non-stop bus to Iligan City. We just need ₱150 plus or minus for bus fare.