Iligan City, Mindanao, Philippines: City of Majestic Waterfalls
By Anazel Gallardo
Iligan City is one of the most well known cities in Mindanao. Known for its wonderful falls, many local celebrities have gone here for vacation and sight-seeing.
The famous Maria Christina Falls, and often named as the “twin falls” is the main destination of tourist whenever they visit the city. It has also improved by the city’s officials by putting decorated nature park whose location can make the tourist have a great sight of the falls. They have also built a zip line adventure for the adventurous visitors.
There’s also the Tinago falls that had been a shooting location for a local movie last year. Tinago means “hidden”, which means you have to walk a few miles from the city before you can reach the captivating falls. Nonetheless, the effort you will make will surely be worthy when you get to the place.
Next is the Mimbalot falls that unlike Maria Cristina Falls and Tinago Falls is just near the city. This is perfect for the tourist who just wants to get rid from the noisy sound of the city.
When you visit Iligan City, you will surely see a lot of restaurants. Filipino loves to eat, that’s why you really don’t have to stress yourself to look for an eating place. Fast-food chains are everywhere in the city: there’s Jollibee, who serves chicken joy, palabok (Filipino version of Italian’s pasta), burger, French fries and ice cream, we also have McDonald’s who also serve meals like what Jollibee offers, Greenwich whose main menu is pizza, if you crave for doughnuts, Dunkin Donut is the place for you and lastly, Chowking that serves mostly Chinese delicacies.
Iligan City has also its local restaurants. The “Kusina Iliganon” whose specialty is “Nilagang Buto ng Baka”, it is a recipe that uses beef ribs with cabbage, carrots and potatoes. The “Tita Fannnies” restaurant that is famous by their “Fish Tinola”, a dish which Filipino loves to cook almost every day. But you don’t have to worry tasting the dish, if it is your first time, you will surely love the delicious flavor.
If you are an exotic food taster, Iligan at night will be the best for you. This city at night will be filled by different kinds of vendors who cook chicken’s intestine with appetizing sauce, they also cook tempura and the famous “kwek-kwek” that simply means “delicious” in English. It is a deep fried quail eggs dipped in vinegar and tomato sauce. Are you hungry, yet?
Iligan City’s transportation on the other hand is by means of jeepney and taxi. But if I were you, I would take the jeepney to experience the natural atmosphere in the city. It will be fun riding inside it!
People here are very friendly and love to smile. Their main source of income is by selling wooden home furniture, cooking street foods and driving public transportation. Homeless people serve the tourist by getting their grocery bags to their cars. You simply have to hand them a couple of penny and they would surely thank you with a smile. Iligan City’s people also work for fast-food chains and large establishments.
The nature, food, eating place and people here in Iligan are simply fun to get to know. You wouldn’t regret visiting the place once in your life.