Maria Cristina Falls is Iligan’s greatest heritage, the landmark of Iligan City. Towering at the height of 320 feet high, spews 130 cubic meters of water per second, it is the second highest falls in the Philippines. The falls is located 9.3 kilometers away from the city proper, at the borders of Barangay Maria Cristina, Ditucalan and Buru-un. Its waters plunge down into the torrential Agus River and come from Lake Lanao of Marawi city. It is known to be the most resplendent among the 23 waterfalls present in the “City of Majestic Falls” – Iligan City. With its water, it is also the veritable source of electric power in the city, supplying city’s industries and majority of Mindanao region’s energy need.
The falls is utilized for the hydroelectric power plant, it boosted the city’s urbanization leading to more business and people to settle in Iligan, making the economy of the city to prosper. Also, the majestic charm of Maria Cristina Falls added to the city’s progress being as a famous tourist attraction that leaves the both local and foreign tourists spellbound, adding more to Iligan’s city income. Since its water is being harnessed for electric power, its full grandeur viewing appeals more to the tourist and its twin cascades are still majestic. It is sometimes called “twin falls” since the flow is separated by a rock at the brink of the waterfall. It is also called as a “now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t” falls, because of the man-made controls operated by the National Power Corporation, which is essential for the production of electricity. Thus due to all these, Maria Cristina Falls is also tagged as the “Mother of Industry” and “Fountainhead of Progress”. Nature and mankind in harmony building wonderful experience and culture: The majestic Maria Cristina Falls.
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