Maria Cristina Falls is one of the most beautiful and useful waterfalls in the Philippines. It’s a sight you only see in the pages of the Sibika at Kultura (Hekasi) books during the elementary days. But once you see it in person, you will be awed by its imposing beauty. 

Located in Iligan City, Maria Cristina is nothing like the ordinary. Not only does it boast its glorious beauty, but it is also very valuable to the locals there. The 320-foot waterfall has a strong current that has been estimated to have a capacity of around 200 megawatts, that supplies 70% of Mindanao’s electricity.

Because of this, people can’t swim in the Maria Cristina Falls. A visit here will not be a disappointment though because you can still admire it from afar, and just hop from one falls to another like the Tinago Falls. As you’d know, Iligan is home to many waterfalls, that’s why it’s called the “City of Majestic Waterfalls.”

Maria Cristina Falls Meaning

It is called Maria Cristina Falls because of the legend of the beautiful twin sisters named Maria and Cristina who fell in love with the same man. Learn more about their story below.

Legend of Maria Cristina Falls

strong current of maria cristina falls

Filipinos love love and legends so it’s not surprising that you’d be hearing a lot of tales about the destination you’ll visit. This is one of the most interesting things about traveling to the Philippines. Legends and folklore make our trips more fascinating and memorable. 

The Cristina Falls isn’t spared here. Before you go there, you should know first about the Maria Cristina Falls history. Here are the two tales about the majestic waterfall.

Legend has it that Maria Cristina Falls was actually twin sisters. Once upon a time in Iligan, there lived the beautiful twin sisters named Maria and Cristina who fell in love with the same man. The man loved them both and couldn’t decide who to choose. Because the twin sisters loved each other so much, they were both willing to sacrifice their lives to give way to one another. Maria, the youngest, went to the falls and jumped. When Cristina found out, she also went there and jumped. The man buried their bodies under the falls. In the end, the man decided never to get married to anyone and named a twin falls in the area in honor of his two loves.

 

maria cristina falls

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The second legend of Maria Cristina Falls was about a beautiful maiden named Maria Cristina who was adopted by a Sultan. Maria Cristina was a daughter of a farmer-fisherman in Romblon. She was just taken away from her family when the Sultan’s army raided Maria Cristina’s area. Her father fought for her but died in battle. The army offered Maria Cristina to the Sultan. Because the girl was so beautiful, the Sultan decided to adopt her and treated her as his own child.

When she grew up, she had many suitors and one of them was a son of a Sultan. Maria Cristina fell in love with him. They were both happy with each other so they decided to get married. But one day, a witch came and told the couple that their wedding won’t happen. Little did they know, this witch was envious of Maria Cristina because of her beauty and her fate with the prince.

A day before the wedding, Maria Cristina remembered her mother whom she had never seen after the raid. She felt sad because she wanted to see her mother. Because of this, she went to a river, reminisced about the good moments she had back then, and cried her heart out. The witch saw her and cursed her because the witch was also in love with the prince. The witch told her that she will turn Maria Cristina into a mountain and her tears will not stop flowing that will become a river. Come the wedding day, Maria Cristina didn’t show up. People tried to look for her and after a few hours of searching, they noticed something new in the village. They saw a mountain as if it was crying. The water continued to flow. 

The witch told the villagers that it’s Maria Cristina and they will never see her again. That’s the end of the Maria Cristina Falls story.

What to expect from Maria Cristina Falls?

panoramic view of maria cristina falls

Now that you know the Maria Cristina Falls history, it’s now time to list the things you should expect when visiting it. 

Maria Cristina is often referred to as twin falls because the flow of water is separated by a rock at the brink of the falls. 

The Cristina Falls is regulated by the National Power Corporation (NPC). They have developed the National Power Nature Park in the connecting area of the waterfall, so you can enjoy adventure sports like rock climbing and trekking. 

The waterfall is open to the public only on Saturdays, Sundays and special holidays when the power plant is shut. You can go to the viewing deck on the 3rd floor of the NPC building, so you can get a great view of the falls. 

Before going here, make sure to contact NPC first to confirm whether the falls is open for viewing. The admission fee is P50.

Swimming is strictly prohibited here because of its strong current. But don’t worry, you can still enjoy other fun activities there:

1. Picnic by the river

There are areas in the Nature Park where you can sit down and have a picnic. There’s also a cafe and restaurant where you can buy food if you weren’t able to bring some. 

2. Enjoy the Botanical and Zoological Gardens

Spend hours strolling through the park’s Botanical and Zoological Garden and get up close with some animals like monkeys, ostrich, crocodiles, and more!

3. Ziplining 

If you’re looking for an adventure that will give you the adrenaline rush, try the zip line! 

Maria Cristina Falls Location

Maria Cristina Boundary Road, Iligan City, Lanao del Norte, Philippines

How to get there

From Manila, you take a domestic flight to Cagayan de Oro City which arrives in Laguindingan International Airport, the nearest airport in Iligan City. From Cagayan de Oro, take a jeepney going to Bulua Market Bus Terminal.

After arriving at the bus terminal, ride the bus bound for Iligan City. From the terminal to Iligan, the travel time is approximately 2 hours.

From the town proper, ride a jeep bound to Buru-an/Linamon and inform the driver to drop you off to a corner going to Maria Cristina Falls. From there, ride a motorcycle (habal-habal) to Agus River that costs about P60 to P80 per way. There are also taxis available in the area if you want a more comfortable ride.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Maria Cristina Falls

Q: Why is it called Maria Cristina Falls?

A: It is called Maria Cristina Falls because of the legend about the beautiful twin sisters named Maria and Cristina who fell in love with the same man.

Q: Where can we find Maria Cristina Falls?

A: Maria Cristina Falls is a waterfall of the Agus River on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. Because the flow is separated by a rock at the brink of the waterfall, it is sometimes called the “twin falls”.

Q: What is the highest falls in the Philippines?

A: Aliwagwag Falls in Davao Oriental is the highest waterfall in the Philippines. This picturesque 84-tiered falls with more than 130 cascades stands at 1,110 feet.

Q: How to go to Maria Cristina Falls?

A: From Manila, you take a domestic flight to Cagayan de Oro City which arrives in Laguindingan International Airport, the nearest airport in Iligan City. From Cagayan de Oro, take a jeepney going to Bulua Market Bus Terminal.

After arriving at the bus terminal, ride the bus bound for Iligan City. From the terminal to Iligan, the travel time is approximately 2 hours.

From the town proper, ride a jeep bound to Buru-an/Linamon and inform the driver to drop you off to a corner going to Maria Cristina Falls. From there, ride a motorcycle (habal-habal) to Agus River that costs about P60 to P80 per way. There are also taxis available in the area if you want a more comfortable ride.

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When one hears about Puerto Galera, the first thing that comes to mind is the beach. While it is true that tourists usually come there for an island getaway, there’s more to Puerto Galera than the White Beach. Unknown to many, there are unspoiled and unexplored sites in town. One of these is the Tamaraw Falls. 

Located at Barangay Villaflor, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, Tamaraw Falls stands at 423 feet and never fails to impress its visitors. It is as tall as a 5-storey building. The waterfall has unique Y-shape dropping waters because of the twin falls merging together. It is also covered with lush greens and facing the mountains. For anyone who needs a break from the sand and saltwater, Tamaraw Falls is the perfect place to be!

Unlike other falls, it is very easy to get to Tamaraw Falls because you don’t need to hike or trek over the mountains or forests to see its beauty. From the highway, you can already see its dramatic waters falling to its pool. But if you want to see it up close, you will need to pay for the Tamaraw Falls entrance fee which is really affordable.

Tamaraw Waterfalls History

a tamaraw eating grass

The falls got its name from a species of buffalo called “tamaraw” which is endemic in Mindoro. The tamaraw resembles the carabao but it is smaller with shorter horns that grow upward in a “V” form. 

Years ago, the province was home to so many tamaraws but as the environment changed—and as humans interrupted the tamaraws’ territory—the species started to decrease and soon became one of the Philippines’ critically endangered species. 

According to the survey of the Mindoro Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc. (MBCFI), a tamaraw was last seen on Mt. Calavite in 1992. And in 2019, after 27 years, the elusive tamaraw was seen again at Mt. Calavite Wildlife Sanctuary (MCWS) in Paluan town.

Tamaraw Falls Entrance Fee

Adult – P30

Children – P15

Accommodation

Cottages – P140

Tables – P30

It is open from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

How to get to Tamaraw Falls

view of tamaraw falls from the main road

As mentioned above, the Tamaraw Waterfalls is easily accessible as it is beside the main road in Barangay Villaflor. To see it up close, it will take you about 30 to 45 minutes.

By commute

From Manila, take the Batangas-bound buses to the Batangas City pier. From there, ride the super ferry boats bound for Calapan or those bound for Puerto Galera. Once you arrive at Calapan, there are jeepneys and vans plying the capital from the neighboring towns. Tell the driver to drop you to Tamaraw Falls.

You may also rent a tricycle going to the falls. This is a better option for those who are not in a rush or have a flexible time. The driver can also do stopovers at other tourist sites you’ll pass through along the way.

By private car

From Manila, go to Batangas City Pier and opt for the RORO ferry bound for Calapan so you can bring your car to Puerto Galera. You can drive from Calapan to Tamaraw Falls for about 45 minutes.

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The water of the bluest of blues is a common sight in Cebu. From its stunning beaches in Bantayan to Kawasan Falls in Badian—Cebu is never a disappointment and always catching its visitors’ hearts.

What draws local and foreign tourists alike to this beautiful destination is this majestic falls’ turquoise water in Southern Cebu. Perhaps, thanks to social media that contributed a lot to keeping the flame of interest alive for Kawasan Falls. 

It is located at the foot of Mantalongon Mountain Range, approximately one kilometer from the national road of Badian and at least four hours of trekking from Osmeña Peak of Dalaguete. 

Aside from its stunning view and turquoise water, Kawasan canyoneering has also brought an influx of adventurous travelers in town. 

Things to do in Kawasan Falls

man canyoneering kawasan falls cebu

In Cebu, there are many activities that you can try depending on your interests. If you’re more of a laid back person who wants a chill trip, you can book a City tour and go island hopping in Northern Cebu. But if you want thrilling adventures, Southern Cebu is the place to be!

1. Canyoneering – Kawasan Falls tour is not complete without Kawasan canyoneering! It is, after all, the main and most famous activity in the area. People come here just for canyoneering! This is perfect for those adrenaline junkies who love thrilling adventures. In canyoneering, you’ll be doing rappelling, water rafting, and of course, waterfall jumping!

2. Rent a bamboo raft – Want a picture for the ‘gram like no other? Or just want to sail around the Kawasan Falls? You can do all these by renting a bamboo raft. It costs about P300 that can accommodate up to 20 persons.

3. Swimming – If you’re not up for Kawasan canyoneering, you can still enjoy the famous turquoise water of this waterfall and take your time swimming! You can do stroke tricks or just float around the area. To make this more fun, call your travel buddies and ask them to join you form a star while floating and ask your local guide to take a group photo.

4. Picnic – Since food is allowed in Kawasan, it’s the best time to have a picnic with your family or friends. But please be mindful of the trash and waste. Store them or throw them properly and not just leave in the area.

5. Shower massage – Go near where the water drops and get your massage fix by the falls! Its flow is strong enough to massage your back and get the relaxation you need.

Kawasan Falls Entrance Fee

tourists and cottages in kawasan falls

Kawasan Falls entrance fee is P40 per person. Cottages and picnic tables are available for rent while those planning to stay overnight may opt to get a room for as low as P1,000 if your Kawasan Falls hotel is far. Food is also not a problem when you go here because you can bring your own or order in the restaurants in the area. 

How to get to Kawasan

man standing on a bamboo raft

From Cebu South Bus Terminal, take the bus going to the town of Badian. The trip will take around two hours depending on the traffic. Bus fare is P130, one way.

Tell the bus conductor that you’re headed to Kawasan so that they can drop you off at the national highway. From the highway, you will walk around 15 minutes to get to the Kawasan Falls. 

Kawasan Falls Map

Booking a Kawasan Falls tour will make the trip easier because your guide will handle all the logistics. But if you’re doing it yourself, here’s a map to guide you to go to Kawasan.

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