Trip to Iligan
Iligan City was once known as the Industrial City of Southern Philippines, due to globalization it’s now left as a shadow of its old glorious self. The heart of this Industrial City is its system of hydro-electric power plants that climaxes to Maria Cristina falls. (Unluckily, it wasn’t opened fully when I was there.)
These are the rapids below the water falls, pretty strong and when it’s fully opened – the mist will reach you in the viewing area. This is one treasure that I would never get bored going to every time I come home to Iligan, I especially love how they retained the forest cover surrounding the falls area.
Recently, National Power Corp., built a mini-zoo in the area – it houses a few endemic species like Philippine Crocodile, monkeys, pythons and others. It is a known knowledge among locals that crocs reside in this area prior to the development of the hydro-electric power plants, monkeys still roam freely here and you get to see monitor lizards, iguanas and various bird species.
On the way back to Manila, I was greeted with the sun about to set overlooking another Philippine wonder – Taal Volcano. Another adventure, another story for another day.
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