Known as the Philippines’ second highest waterfalls, the Maria Cristina Falls plays a very vital role in generating power for Mindanao.
Maria Cristina Falls powers the National Power Corporation’s Agus VI Hydroelectric Plant which is capable of generating as much as 200 MW. A lot of areas around Mindanao depend on the Agus VI.
*photo credit: Iligan City
What’s also exciting about the reopening of the Maria Cristina Falls is that it now also has a nature’s park.
There’s now a mini zoo, butterfly farm and even a zipline!
I was able to visit the Maria Cristina Falls a couple of years back. I was part of the local media then and was president of the Media for Clean and Safe Power Lines (our group, during my term, was even declared a regional nominee for the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations Awards or TAYO Awards 🙂 ) and we had the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the waterfalls in all its glory…meaning our friends from the Transmission Corporation and the National Power Corporation allowed us to watch in all of five amazing minutes just how strong and mighty Maria Cristina Falls is. The water gates were opened for five minutes and would you believe — even though we were hundreds of feet away from the waterfalls, we can feel the mist on our faces! It was an absolutely incredible feeling and needless to say, my colleagues in the media and I were overwhelmed!
I can’t wait to be back and see the majestic Maria Cristina Falls again 🙂
So for all of you who have plans of visiting Iligan City soon, you might want to visit the Maria Cristina Falls and the newly opened nature’s park, too! And don’t forget to come back and tell me all about your trip, aiight? 🙂