Maria Cristina Falls at the NPC Nature's Park.

Maria Cristina Falls.

These three words bring back memories of my grade school years while reading my Araling Panlipunan (social studies/history) books.  Little did I know that I will be seeing it many, many years later.


A bit of brain food.. Maria Cristina Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in the Philippines measuring at approximately 320 feet high.  The falls is in Iligan and is the main source of power in the city.  It also generates 70% of Mindanao's electricity through the Agus VI Hydroelectric Power Plant.  The waterfalls is located inside the compound of the National Power Corporation which was converted into a nature park in 2010.

I'm not sure what the fastest way is but I get to Iligan by van from Cagayan de Oro City. I am asleep most of the way but after more than two hours of land travel, I am woken by the sight of the waterfalls from a distance.  As soon as the van stops, I run over to the railing to see Maria Cristina up close and WOW.  I have no words.  It is absolutely breathtaking.  My photos don't do justice to the majestic waterfalls.




After touring the area and learning more about how hydro power plants work, we have lunch by the Agus River. There is nothing more relaxing than hearing the sound of flowing water. You know those "Nature Sounds" soundtrack on Spotify that aids in falling asleep? It's like that but better because this is the real deal. How I wish I could spend a whole day here with a cup of coffee in one hand and a book in the other.


I usually have mishaps involving animals or insects when traveling. I got kicked by a horse during a trek (read about my post-birthday trip to Taal Volcano) and bitten by a monkey in the forest (read about the highlights of my birthday trip in 2015 to Bali). I thought this trip would be different but no, it isn't.

It may not look it but crossing this narrow bridge is not for the faint of heart. It's very wobbly and it doesn't help to see the strong flow of the river below. Finally, I get myself ready to cross it and then BAM! Something falls in front of me from above. IT'S A BIG, FRIGGIN FOREST LIZARD.  We both pause for a second and stare. I scream (I think it screamed too) and we hurry away from each other.  After making sure that the lizard is nowhere in sight, I finally cross the bridge.


There are other things you can see and do in NPC's Nature Park. There's a butterfly farm, a bat cave, a crocodile farm, and a botanical garden. The zipline is definitely for the adventurous because the climb to the tree top alone is already adrenaline pumping. On another note, can I just say that I really love Mindanao? There are still so many places yet to see and visit. Until my next trip here!



NPC Nature's Park
Visit Date: 26 November 2016

Contact Information

Agus 6/7 Complex
Buru-un, Iligan City
Philippines

Tel No.: (063) 221-3988
              (063) 221-9032
              (063) 221-9033

Official Website
www.napocor.gov.ph

Operating Hours

Monday to Sunday
(but closed one day in a week for maintenance)
11:00am - 4:00pm



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