Friday, April 10, 2015

Lanao del Norte Province, Philippines

Tourist Attractions
Timoga Springs is a group of springs located at Timoga-Buru-un, in Iligan City, Philippines. It is well known for icy-cool, crystal-clear springs that flow freely to swimming pools of different sizes. There are approximately five spring resorts along the highway, which is easily accessible by land to all locals and tourists.

The source of water of Timoga Springs comes from Lake Lanao in the only Islamic city in the Philippines--Marawi City, Lanao del Sur—which is 37 kilometers away. Lake Lanao waters come from a volcanic source, the lake being the crater of an extinct volcano. These waters are filtered subterraneally in the Timoga, Buru-un area of Iligan, making it one of the richest source of fresh, high pH, alkaline mineral water.

Maria Cristina Falls is a waterfall of the Agus River on the island of Mindanao. It is sometimes called the "twin falls" as the flow is separated by a rock at the brink of the waterfall. It is a landmark of Iligan City, nicknamed the City of Majestic Waterfalls, because of the presence of more than 20 waterfalls in the city. It is located 9.3 kilometers away southwest of the city proper at the boundaries of Barangays Maria Cristina, Ditucalan, and Buru-un. Well known for its natural beauty and grandeur, the 320 - feet (98 meters) high waterfall is also the primary source of electric power for the city's industries, being harnessed by the Agus VI Hydroelectric Plant.

Cathedral Falls is located in Barangay Waterfalls, Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte.  It is well-known of its unique and captivating rock formations.

Limunsudan Falls is a two-tiered waterfall located in Sitio Limunsudan Brgy. Rogongon, Iligan City, in the province of Lanao del Norte, Philippines, 55 kilometers away from the City proper. It is said to be the Philippines' highest waterfall with the height of 870 feet, with the lower part cascading alone higher than the Maria Cristina Falls.

The Limunsudan Falls, bounded on the east by Barangay Dagonalan; on the south by Barangay Bago-ah Ingud; on the west by Sitio Tamboacar, southwest by Sitio Lumbac-ah Ingud, and south by Angadun (Dar Al-Raaha), all of Barangay Bayog, all of the Municipality of Tagoloan II, Province of Lanao del Sur.

Sta. Cruz Falls of Kapatagan is said to be mysteriously enthralling as it is located about 4-5 kilometers away from the highway where one must be brave enough to trek for almost two hours of unpaved terrains, natural up and down slopes, climbing on a mossy and slippery hill, rocky grounds, and even wrestle to several river flows just to reach the waterfall of fascination.

It is one grand spot that molded by Mother Nature and untouched by human modernization is the waterfall located in Barangay Sta. Cruz, Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte.

Lanao del Norte is a province of the Philippines located in the Northern Mindanao region. The province is composed of 22 municipalities and 1 independent city which is Iligan City. The provincial capital is the municipality of Tubod. Lanao del Norte is a rugged province that ranges from the coastal shorelines in the north to the high plateaus and mountains in the south. It has also diverse flora and fauna.

The term Lanao is derived from a Maranao word “Ranao” meaning a body of water. “Maranao” means lake dweller. They are the natives of the place and they occupy the area around Lake Lanao, which is situated at the central part of Lanao del Sur. Lanao applies to the entire area before its division through Republic Act No. 2228. This Act divided Lanao into two provinces giving birth to Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur. The new province was inaugurated on July 4, 1959 making Iligan City as the capital. In 1977, however, President Ferdinand E. Marcos signed Resolution No. 805 into Presidential Decree 181 transferring the province’s capital from Iligan City to the municipality of Tubod. 

The economy of Lanao del Norte is predominantly based on agriculture and fishing. Factories are mostly based in Iligan City. The province is the home of Agus Power Plants which supply the power needs of some parts of Mindanao. Tourism is also a growing economy in the province.

The people of Lanao del Norte are a mixture of Maranaos and Cebuanos. Historically, immigrants who came from the Christian provinces of Mindanao, Visayas and Luzon tend to settle in the Northern part of Lanao while the Maranaos inhabited the south. 

The Maranao is an ethnic group of Malay descent. They settled in the area long before the arrival of the Spaniards in the Philippines. They possess their own culture and civilization which makes them quite unique. Their language, customs, traditions, religion, social system, costumes, music and other features are factors that make Lanao peculiar and distinct from other Philippine provinces. 

The province is home to many majestic falls. Iligan City alone has over 20 waterfalls – no wonder, it is nicknamed the City of Majestic Waterfalls. The province of Lanao del Norte beat with cultural diversity of gentle and proud people. Truly, the province is a window into the soul of the often misunderstood Mindanao.

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