Tinago Falls is one of the most beautiful falls in the country. “Tinago” is a Filipino term which means hidden. As the name implies, it is indeed hidden by nature in a deep ravine covered by trees and other wild vegetation. Trekking to the falls requires approximately 500 descending steps called the winding staircase.
The falls is approximately 420 feet high, its very cold waters cascading beautifully into a deep and calm basin-like pool which appears like a blue-colored lagoon. Under the falls is a small cave where people can enter and listen to the rumbling waters. It is located in Barangay Ditucalan, 13 kilometers from the city center. It is truly a majestic place that resounds an atmosphere of serenity, a perfect escape from the noisy metropolitan.
Legend has it that there once lived an influential and powerful Sultan Agok and her wife. They were appointed by their people as their king and queen. But they became too proud of themselves and became selfish rulers of their kingdom. When the sultan's wife was pregnant, an enchantress, disguised as a beggar, begged for their help but instead they exiled and rejected her. Because of this, the enchantress cursed the couple that the child will become ugly but they did not take it seriously and permanently banished the enchantress.
When Injan Pogi was born, the child did become ugly. The couple was sad and disappointed, expecting the baby to be as lovely as her mother. They hid the child in a cave to avoid embarrassment and named the baby Tin-ag, which means "hidden face". They visited and took care of the baby in the cave.
When the child grew up, she came out of the cave and became amazed at what she saw. The enchantress, who cursed her parents, saw her and made an offer to transform her into something of great beauty and splendor. She accepted the offer and became the Tinago Falls.