Iligan brands itself as the City of Majestic Waterfalls. So far, there are about 23 documented waterfalls within its area of jurisdiction.
At the top of the list is Maria Cristina Falls.
Iligan's greatest heritage. The most resplendent among the 20 plus waterfalls. Also known as the "Mother of Industry" and "Fountainhead of Progress". It is 320 ft. high, spews 130 cubic meters per second of water and the veritable source of power in the city and majority of mindanao. Located 9.3 kms. away from the city proper. Since its water is being harnessed for electric power, full grandeur viewing of the waterfalls is every Saturdays and Sundays at 11 in the morning.
The Legend of Maria Cristina Falls’ Creation
Long time ago, Omaca-an, a giant carnivorous monster owned Lake Lanao. Since he eats human beings and animals living in land and even in water, there were just very few people around the lake. Since the said monster is a threat to the people’s life, Rajah Solaiman was the first who fought the giant, but unfortunately he did not succeed and worst, he was killed. Then, Rajah Indarapatra followed to look for his brother Solaiman. Indarapatra confronted the man eater monster, Omaca-an and successfully defeated him.
Rajah Indarapata stayed several years along the shores of the lake searching for his brother’s ring. He asked the animals that he met and he even swim in the water everyday and gathered both big and small stones underneath the water, but then he still didn’t found Solaiman’s ring.
Indarapata created an irrigation system that had covered a lengthy distance which later became a river (now the Agus River) which has a portion that dropped down a deep ravine (now the Maria Cristina Falls).
The Tale. How Maria Cristina Falls got its name?
by: Victoria J. Adeva
There were two beautiful sisters named Maria (the younger) and Cristina (the elder) living near the falls where Indarapata’s irrigation system is located. They love each other very much to the extent that Maria gave everything she have to Cristina. They also loved their neighbor as they loved themselves.
Since Maria & Cristina are good-looking and attractive maidens, many Datus & Sultans came to ask for their hands in marriage, but the sisters refused. However, there was an unhappy son of a famous Sultan living somewhere nearby Lake Lanao .He couldn't find find the girl that he really loved. He traveled around the lake until he saw the two maidens of the falls. He fell in love with the Maria and Cristina but the two sisters did not know whom he really loved. Days have passed and Maria realized that she loved the son of the sultan very much, which made her very sad and she went to the top of the falls and jumped. When Cristina her sister, found out that Maria was dead, she likewise went to the top of the falls and tossed herself down the deep ravine.
When the handsome young man discovered what happened and found the dead bodies, he buried them carefully under the falls and never married until he also died. He named the falls, Maria Cristina, after the two sisters he loved.
How to get there:
Take a jeepney (Iligan City Proper-Buru-un) to Maria Cristina Falls. Inform the driver to drop you at the crossing going to Maria Cristina Falls. From the crossing of the national highway and road leading to Maria Cristina Fals is the NPC Nature's Park gate which is some 150 meters from the highway. Visitors are asked to fill-up a form, an identification card, and charged an entrance fee of P30 for adults and P20.00 for children and Senior Citizens plus P10 for the shuttle ride. Use of the zip line is P200 per person.
Maria Cristina Falls Video
Maria Cristina Falls Photo Album
More waterfalls in Iligan City
Bridal Veil Falls
*Both falls are located in Sitio Magayad in Barangay Rogongon.