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Day3P5: CDO-Bukidnon-Iligan-Camiguin – The Grandeur of Maria Cristina Falls

On the third day of our trip, we visited the famed falls of Iligan. Iligan houses 23 waterfalls, earning it the nickname “City of Majestic Waterfalls”.

I’ve been to Iligan once but i didnt’ get the chance to visit Ma. Cristina falls. I’ve known this falls since my Hekasi and Sibika at Kultura days way back in elementary so I didn’t pass up the chance to include it in our CDO-Iligan Camiguin itinerary.

Entrance

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Maria Cristina Falls Signage

One has to register and pay  35 Php (25 Php for students and senior citizens) before entering the facility.  We also paid a 10 Php/pax vehicle ride to the NPC Natures’ Park and the waterfalls itself.  Instead of waiting for the minimum required number of passengers, we paid the vehicle ride for 5 persons.  Rates are as of July, 2012.  For security reasons, valid I.D. is mandatory upon entrance so don’t forget to bring your ID.

NPC Nature Park

If you’re thinking of dishing the vehicle ride to save a few peso, well, think again.  It is a 15-minute ride from the gate to the park and another 10 minutes from the park to the waterfalls itself.

NPC Road
NPC Road

NPC Nature’s Park Botanical and Zoological Gardens

We first stopped at NPC Nature’s Park which reminded me of ideal locations for pre-nups.

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There’s a hanging bridge that is restricted for use.  According to the guard, the bridge is still under construction.

Hanging Bridge inside NPC Nature park
Hanging Bridge inside NPC Nature park
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The butterfly sanctuary inside the nature park .
The very relaxing ambiance of the park
The very relaxing ambiance of the park

Ma. Cristina Falls

You know when the vehicle will stop by when you can already hear the sound of gushing waters from the falls and the river.  We first passed through the river that revived my memory of white water rafting I did in CDO the previous day.

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Seeing Ma. Cristina Falls, my jaw literally dropped.  The images in the books and posters do not give justice to its true beauty.  From the green ravine surrounding the waterfalls , to the way the water falls from the boulder and up to the strong current that it makes, everything is postcard-perfect.

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A close-up of the basin.  No wonder swimming is prohibited in the area.

HOW TO GET THERE:

  • From your hotel in CDO, ride a Bulua-bound jeepney and alight at Westbound Terminal.  Fare, as of July2012, from Divisoria to Terminal is 11.00 Php./pax.
  • Board a rural bus bound to Iligan.  Fare is 70.00 Php/pax.  Tell the driver to drop you off at Ma. Cristina Falls or Agust Bridge

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