Chasing Waterfalls: Iligan Photo Blog

Okay, this blog post has been overdue for way too long. On the summer of 2014, Kaye and I decided to mix our leisurely travels with our separate out-of-town work assignments thanks to some pretty terrific timing . Kaye was in Iligan City for an audit engagement while simultaneously, I was assigned in Bukidnon for a field visit. Not wasting any chances, I decided to go to Iligan to spend the weekend with Kaye while visiting some of the city’s hidden gems.

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Tinago Falls

First up was Tinago falls. True to its name, the place is quite hard to go into since we hired a habal2x to get to the drop-off point and still trekked for around 15 minutes to get to the falls.

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Pambungad

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Tinago v., adj. hidden

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Tinago Falls in its full glory

Suffice to say, Tinago Falls was beautiful. The thick waters and imposing force coming from the falls captivates local and foreign tourists alike. To further add to our experience, we boarded the makeshift bamboo water vessel and went up close to the bottom of the falls. Free falls back massage? Definitely a memorable experience to have.

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Behind the curtains

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Solitude

After Tinago, we rode another habal-habal which led us to another falls in the vicinity, Mimbalot falls.

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Joyride

Mimbalot Falls

While not very popular to the mainstream public, Mimbalot Falls is just as fascinating as its more popular brethren Tinago. While the streams were shorter than Tinago, the currents from Mimbalot’s water felt much stronger.

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Raging waters of Mimbalot

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Another good thing about Mimbalot is that it’s easier to take a dip near the falls since the big rocks provide an easy trail to the streams. All you need are guts and a good sense of equilibrium and your good to go!

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I think therefore I am

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Up close and personal

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Meditation

Timoga Cold Springs

After getting cozy with Mimbalot, we went for another habal-habal ride to Timoga Cold Springs. It’s main attraction? The olympic-sized pool.

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Timoga Cold Spring’s Olympic-sized swimming pool

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Timoga is not only famous for its ginormous swimming pool, it also houses one of the deepest pools with depths going so far as 16ft. Definitely not for the unskilled swimmer.

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Coz I’m in too deep and I’m tryin’ to keep

Maria Cristina Falls

The next day, we visited what was seemingly only a relic from the past, tucked inside our old Sibika at Kultura books during our elementary years. Ladies and gentlemen, the literal powerhouse that is Maria Cristina Falls.

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Power Plant

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Hydroelectric

From the front office, we boarded a free shuttle ride going near the falls. We went up three flights of stairs to reach the main observatory.

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Maria Cristina

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Thanks to Kuya Guard for the pic. Hehe.

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Grandaddy of ’em all

Remaining as one of the main sources of our country’s power needs, the brute force generated from the gushing waters of Maria Cristina is a sight to behold. Not only does the falls bring about raw beauty, it also provides the Filipino people its much-needed utility. -rod-

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