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Iligan City, located in the province of Lanao Del Norte, is not called City of Majestic Waterfalls for no reason. The city got its nickname because of the presence of numerous waterfalls in it. The local government has listed 24 waterfalls in Iligan and the most prominent of all is the Maria Cristina Falls. This waterfall is sometimes called the “twin falls” because of the large diving the waterfall into two.
Maria Cristina Falls is a treasured beauty in Mindanao. Aside from its natural beauty and charm which attracts lots of visitors and tourists, this 320 feet high waterfall provides the power and electricity supply of Mindanao through the Agus VI Hydroelectric Plant. This plant has been operational for more than 65 years already. Because of the falls’ significance to the region, the local government agencies make sure to maintain the waterfalls by restricting water activities and limiting tours whenever there are red alerts. At times when the hydroelectric plant is not operational, one will witness the original “twin falls” of Maria Cristina. A large rock at the top slope separates the water flow hence the moniker.
The visit to Maria Cristina Falls is made worthwhile by the activities that may be experienced in the same nature park where it is located. Similar to the nearby Tinago Falls, there are picnic spots in the park complex where one can enjoy a meal with good view of the waterfall. One of the frequently availed attractions inside the nature park is the Tree Top Canopy Tour where one can get a better view of Maria Cristina Falls. Other features of the park complex include the hanging bridge, three zip lines and strolling through the mini botanical and zoological garden. The latter houses a crocodile farm, butterfly sanctuary and an orchidarium.