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Exploring Iligan, The City of Majestic Waterfalls

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Tinago Falls
Tinago Falls

Exploring Iligan

Iligan is one of the emerging urban centers in the country. The city is deemed among the developed places in Northern Mindanao.

Despite its renewed focus on other aspects of the economy, however, tourism in the city is still growing due to its many attractions.


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Trekking through the waterfalls

A trip to Iligan City is not complete without a stop to any of its waterfalls. Iliganons take pride in the 23 waterfalls found within the city borders as it attracts thousands of tourists every year.

Maria Cristina Falls
Maria Cristina Falls By Pquiampang – en.wikipedia.org: 00:02, 10. Mär. 2007 .. Pquiampang .. 1280×960, 584 KB, Public Domain

Maria Cristina Falls, found at the boundaries of Barangays Ditucalan, Maria Cristina and Buru-un, is arguably the most prominent of the bunch. One of the tallest falls in the country, it is also notable as it is a major source of hydroelectric power in this side of the Mindanao island.

Tinago Falls
Tinago Falls By GinaD – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Tinago Falls, named after the Bisaya word for “hidden,” is also well-renowned. What makes it different from other falls in the area is the fact it has a small cave under it which people can enter. While the trek can be a hassle, the trip is worth it due to its beautiful lagoon-like basin.

Experience a throwback to the colonial era

Saint Michael Cathedral in Iligan
Saint Michael Cathedral in Iligan By Hans Olav Lien – Own work, Public Domain

Iligan is among the remaining cities in the country that still has a horse-drawn carriage. Hail and ride between Barangay Tambacan to Pala-o’s Badelles Street and draw comfort in the clickety-clack of the horse’s shoes hitting the pavement as it traverses the road.

Academic tourism

Known for being one of the top universities in the Philippines, the Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology competes with the University of the Philippines system in having the most accredited programs. It is a center of excellence for various mathematics, engineering, humanities and arts programs. IITians also have a reputation for their intensive research output and analytical culture, producing top-notch faculty and student studies that have put the university on the academic world map. Drop by their nine-hectare campus along Andres Bonifacio Avenue and be impressed by their diverse organizations reflecting a dynamic student life.

There are also other colleges in Iligan including St. Michae’s College, a Catholic institution that was established way back in 1915 and is the oldest school in Lanao. It is currently preparing for its bid to become the city’s second university and its first major private Catholic tertiary education institution.

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