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Tinago Waterfalls of Iligan City





The Legend of Tinago Waterfalls
  "The legend of Tinago Waterfalls started when Sultan Agok and her wife were appointed as King and Queen of their village. But they became too proud and selfish to their people. One day an enchantress disguised as a beggar and asked for help but rejected and ordered to put into exile. During that time the wife of Sultan Agok was pregnant, and the enchantress put a curse onto their child to become as ugly as their attitude.

When the baby was born, the once proud parents became so disappointed and hid their baby in a cave of the forest to avoid embarrassment.  They name the baby as Tin-ag which means hidden face.

Tin-ag grew alone and constantly weeping because of loneliness. One day she went out of the cave and got amused of the wonderful and beautiful environment that dwells outside the cave. In her wandering, she met the enchantress who cursed the parents and show pity to the child. The enchantress offered her to be beautiful and Tin-ag accepted no matter what the consequences. She was turned into a majestic waterfalls that everyone who sees it are awed by its enchanting beauty."

My Personal Encounter

Among the 23 beautiful waterfalls of Iligan, Tinago is considered the most treasured jewel of the city. The falls are literally hidden at the depth of Barangay Ditucalan.

On a blessed day with a good weather,we decided to visit this much talked about waterfalls. Upon reaching the jump off point, the children of Sitio Diticulan cheerfully welcomed us and offered themselves as guides going to the staircases leading to the falls, of course they  asked for guide fee –Php 20.00 the minimum. 

Two local kids led us up to the edge of the concrete winding stairs, and from there we endured more than 300 steps going down but I was most worried part was  the climbing back up after our visit to the falls: stairs are my worst enemy of all time.


Love at First Sight!

From the very first glance at the falls, I was already got awed by its magnificent and enigmatic beauty. The drops are like curtains swayed by the wind making it look like being blown, spreading its width that resembles like an upside down Japanese fan. Beautiful and exotic ferns and orchids add up as priceless backdrop of the cool cascading water from a 73 meter high cliff. The multiple drops –at least 5- are scattered filling the blue colored lagoon of Tinago.


Getting there

Coming from the South Terminal of Iligan

We took a jeepney that passes by Buru-un. At the side of the mini market or talipapa of Buru-un, habal habal are waiting for passengers bound to the park and resort in the barangay. After a 15 minutes ride, we paid Php 50.00 going to the jump-off to Tinago Falls.

There was an entrance fee of Php 20.00. Since we did not bring packed food, we opted to buy some drinks and bread at the mini store of the caretaker. They even offered us a place (a tree house) where we can spend the night in case we decided to stay and leave the next day. But since we are on a tight schedule we decided to follow our prepared itinerary.

Coming from Cagayan de Oro

Iligan bound buses are stationed at the Bulua Terminal Station in CDO, the fare is around Php 100.00. Alight at the north terminal bus station of Iligan City. Outside the station, jeepney passes by bound to the city proper. From the city proper, take a jeepney heading to Buru-un or NPC.

Inform the driver that you will alight at Tinago Falls. You will notice that you are in the right place when you see a sign on the left side of the road “TINAGO”. Take a habal habal going to the jump off to the waterfalls.




Personal Itinerary for the Lanao, Mindanao Trip

Time Schedule
Activity/Destinations
Travel Cost
Day 0 (Friday)


600p
Tandag City to Butuan (BXU)
Php  260.00
12mn
BXU to CDO
225.00
Day 1 (Saturday)


600a
Breakfast
35.00
730
CDO to Iligan
115.00
1000
Central Bus Terminal to South terminal ( Marawi)
14.00
1030
Terminal to MSU (Marawi)
50.00
1130
MSU Tour
20.00
1230
Lunch @Diner
75.00
130
MSU to Iligan South Terminal
50.00
230
South Terminal to Tinago Falls
50.00

Entrance
20.00

Food
160.00

Tour guide
50.00
500p
Tinago to highway
50.00
515
Tinago to Iligan Ciudad
14.00
600
Check in and wash up ( Ma. Cristina Hotel)
975.00
700
Dinner @Iligan Plaza/ Coffee @DND
200.00
Day 2 (Sunday)


600a
Breakfast Jolibbee
85.00
730
Iligan City-National Power Corp (NPC)
14.00
900
NPC Nature Park Tour (entrance and cab fare)
45.00
1100
Iligan North Bus to Bulua (CDO)
115.00
100p
Bulua to Limkitkai
14.00
145
Lunch @goldilucks
135.00
230
Watch Movie
100.00
500
Dinner@ Agora terminal
35.00
530
Agora terminal to BXU
237.00
Day 3 (Monday)


100a
BXU to Tandag City
350.00
600
Tandag to San Miguel SDS
45.00
800a
Back to work :D


Total
Php3538.00







































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28 comments :

  1. That waterfall is beautiful!

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  2. isnt it wonderful... i just love to stay the whole day and swim into its cool water ..:D

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  3. As usual Ganda ng mga photos Dennis! luv the way u write ur posts- very detailed at talagang pwedeng reference:) keep it up bro!

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  4. I really like reading legend stories and this one is a good one. Tinago falls is really beautiful.

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  5. So Iligan has a really wonderful waterfalls. The legend on it is so amazing. :D

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  6. dami pala ng waterfalls. i'm a nurse traveler all over northern mindanao. im from cdo and i always pass by iligan. i've been at tinago too. totally nakakapagod pag.akyat and what's scary is when the guides advise us not to sit down or else we'll collapse dw. the worst part, the sun was already down when we started climbing up.hehe delikado na talaga.

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  7. This post is very helpful. If ever I'll be travelling down south, I'll keep this as a reference. :)

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  8. your legend got me there! but i'm reminded how beautiful people is in the midst of my angst towards the government. and the information is very helpful.

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  9. Wow!!nice view. How I wish I can go there!!Especially the falls it looks really great..

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  10. wow...nice to know that you visit Tinago and the city of Iligan.. I'd been there for almost 4 years, I studied there at MSU-IIT...I miss Iligan...

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  11. Maybe Dennis you know what I admire in your blog... everything here is amazing...

    Thanks for sharing this to me and for your soon article for OFW...Two thumbs up!

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  12. Maria Gemma Defeo-HilotinAugust 5, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    I've never been to Iligan but if and when I get to visit the place, I'll sure stop by and see Tinago Falls! Great story!

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  13. I wonder why most legends involve a beggar asking for help...hehe. The scene is breathtaking! I wish I could also go there someday. >_<

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  14. Beautiful falls! I hope people there will be able to maintain it's beauty and cleanliness.

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  15. thanks for the share.. truely a great and breathtaking place.. hope the get in this place...

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  16. haven't heard of this falls, maybe coz they "tinago" it, hehehe.. would love to visit such places coz I'm a nature lover :)

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  17. I forgot how magical it is to listen to a local legend. When I was still a little girl and living in the Philippines I used to read books with different legends.

    Iligan seems to fit the magic of the legend. I've never been there, and I am sure I'll be coming back to this blog when the opportunity arises and we could visit Tinago Waterfalls.

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  18. Wow! This is truly breathtaking! I'd probably be sitting as well just staring at it for a while and marvel at it, before jumping right in.

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  19. Wow! The trip doesn't cost that much as I initially knew. ^_^

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  20. This falls look so magical! I would love to visit and experience Tinago Falls and its beauty in the near future.. :)

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  21. awesome! I had been here the last time, grabe hingal ko kasi sa Linamon side ako dumaan na more than 300 steps and yung pag-akyat, hihimatayin ako hahaha

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  22. see you Tinago next month :) i'm eksayted :)

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  23. Wow! Tinago Falls is a beautiful place isn't it! The giant, cascading falls shows the raw beauty of nature.

    - Wanderer Juan

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  24. One of the most refreshing of all waterfalls I have ever experienced. A nice music video about Tinago Falls was made by some college students, well worth watching can be found here >>

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2TEVxAbWO4

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  25. Oh! You should have visited MSU-Marawi CIty ! The "Sleeping Lady" across the Lanao Lake as seen from the MSU-Main Library would be too impossible to ignore. I like your blog so much! I miss Lanao!

    http://deehan1914.blogspot.com/

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  26. I'd been to Marawi and i love the micro climate .. it's like Baguio .. but we only roamed MSU .. wishing to go far out side the campus ....

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  27. this is really nice Bob.. thanks for sharing this ... :D

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