Maria Cristina Falls, how powerful can you be?
I have known Maria Cristina Falls since my elementary days, specifically Grade 2. One time, my Sibika at Kultura (Civics and Culture) teacher gave us a project where we had to collect post cards of the tourist spots in the Philippines and pasted it on a short bond paper. I can recall that I had Maria Cristina Falls (along with Mayon Volcano, Pagsanjan Falls, Chocolate Hills etc) on that project.
Way back then, I did not appreciate why our teacher had to make us such project. I mean, what was the point? As a grade 2 pupil then, I had no idea what those places are.So now that I have grown up (I am growing up lol), I can really say that those pictures truly made me proud as a Filipino. You know what I mean? hehe
My recent visit to Maria Cristina Falls was really self rewarding. Before I could only see the waterfall on post cards but right at that moment, I was able to see it live, right from my naked eyes.
Maria Cristina Falls is located in the boundaries of barangays of Maria Cristina, Ditucalan and Buru-an, Iligan City. It is also known as the “Twin Falls” because the waterfall is separated by a large rock at the brink of the waterfall. The waterfall is also considered as the “Mother of Industry” since it supplies about/more than 70% electricity of the whole Mindanao.
The 320 ft. high waterfalls is maintained by National Power Corporation (NPC) and is one of the main highlights of NPC’s Nature’s Park. Entrance to the park is PhP 35.00 per head. Before we went to the waterfall, we visited their Botanical and Zoological Garden where it housed some wild animals like crocodiles, ostrich, monkeys, ducks etc.
After we visited their garden, we went ahead to Maria Cristina Falls. We were all excited to see the beauty of Maria Cristina Falls. Sometimes NPC will just open one waterfall or sometimes, they will close it. We were so lucky since NPC opened the twin falls the time we got there.
Iligan City is indeed the “City of Majestic Waterfalls.” After Ma. Christina Falls, we went to the city proper and bought some souvenirs in Gaisano Iligan.
So that was it! Thank you for reading!