Iligan City is known as the "City of Waterfalls". The most famous among them is the majestic Maria Cristina Falls, which is one of the main sources of hydroelectric power for the Mindanao region.
The once-popular city during the industrial age (thanks to its heavy industries like steel) is now bouncing back by showcasing its natural wonders, awesome fiesta and unique food that can rival the best in Manila.
I was invited by the Iligan Chamber of Commerce to provide an Internet Marketing 101 training (on blogging, social media, Twitter, Facebook and local search) to local businesses. That gave me the chance to explore the best of what Iligan has to offer.
Here are my Top 10 Best Experiences in Iligan...
1. Kasadya Festival: Iligan Fiesta and The Feast of St. Michael the Archangel
Iligan is one of the cities where Christians and Muslims live in harmony. St. Michael the Archangel is probably the secret behind this respectful bond between the two religions.
The feast of St. Michael the Archangel is celebrated every 29th of September.
The entire city celebrates the feast with street dancing, food festival events, and various forms of entertainment. It culminates with the religious procession of Saint Michael the Archangel at 7am where the devotees dance to the beat of drums while chanting, "Viva Senor San Miguel, Viva!"
This is definitely the best time to be in Iligan.
September 20 marks the beginning of the 9-day novena.
During this time, at exactly 8am, the Pagpakanaug (The Descent) is performed. It is the ritual tradition of transferring the image of Saint Michael from its niche to a pedestal located on the side altar. It is then followed by the Holy Mass in the Saint Michael Cathedral.
Saint Michael the Archangel Cathedral
Iligan City, Lanao del Norte, Philippines
Telephone: +63 (63) 221-3285
Holy Mass Schedule:
Monday to Friday: 6.00am, 7.00am, 12.00nn, 5.30pm
Saturday: 6.00am, 7.00am, 5.30pm
Sunday AM: 4.45am, 6.00am, 7.15am, 8.30am, 9.45am
Sunday PM: 1.00pm, 2.30pm, 3.45pm, 5.00pm, 6.15pm, 7.30pm
2. ILIGANON, Home-grown Iligan Cafe
In the past, I was a "checklist" traveler -- meaning I methodically went through a must-see checklist. These days, I prefer taking my time and immersing myself in the culture of the different places I visit.
In Iligan, Iliganon is one of the cafe institutions where you can spend time, hang out with the locals and meet the friendly and business-minded people of the city.
They are also known for their Beef Rendang.
Quezon Ave. Ext corner Bro. Raymund Jeffrey Road,
Pala-o, Iligan, Mindanao, Philippines
Telephone: +63 (63) 225 4577
It is small in size, has a pillowy soft texture (think "Krispy Kreme donut" soft), has a tiny hint of butter, and is served super hot.
Iligan Victoria Bakery
52 Gen. Aguinaldo St., Iligan City
4. Timoga Fresh Cold Spring Waters and Olympic Swimming Pool
Also, they have a 16-feet deep cold springs pool for diving :)
Expect basic resort and restroom facilities. Don't forget to bring your own towel, toiletries and change of clothes.
Dela Mar Resort
Timoga Cold Springs
Entrance Fee/head - P50
Business Hours: 6am - 6pm (Olympic and Mini Pools)
Corkage: Beer & Softdrinks (P10/case and P2/bottle)
It is interesting to get a glimpse of her roots in their ancestral house in Timoga, Buru-un in Iligan.
Macaraeg-Macapagal House (1950-present)
Timoga, Buru-un, Iligan City
Declared a Heritage House by the National Historical Institute on August 14, 2002
Monday to Friday: 8.00am to 12.00nn and 1.00pm to 5.00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9.00am to 12.00nn and 1.00pm to 4.00pm
To be continued... The BEST of ILIGAN! (Part 2 of 2)
Live an Awesome Life,
Full Disclosure: My entire trip was sponsored by the Iligan Chamber of Commerce as part of the Internet Marketing 101 training I conducted in Iligan.
P.S. Thank you to the Iligan Chamber of Commerce for showing me the best of Iligan!
P.P.S. You can contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to conduct an Internet Marketing 101 training for the local businesses in your own town or city.