Read First: The BEST of ILIGAN! (Part 1 of 2)
6. Maria Cristina Falls
Maria Cristina Falls, a 320-ft high waterfall along Agus River, is the most famous landmark of this City of Majestic Waterfalls.
The park is open from 9am to 4pm. The best time to go is when the waterfall is in its full glory at 12noon when the water is not used for electricity generation.
Maria Cristina Falls Nature Park
Lanao del Norte
Park Hours: 9.00am to 4.00pm
Regular - P35/person
Senior/Student - P25/person
Shuttle Car - P10/person
Zipline - P200/person
7. ILIGAN's Lechon
Like Cebu Lechon, Iligan Lechon does not need any sauce for you to appreciate the meat. Most Iliganons swear that it tastes better than Cebu's version. (What do you think?)
The only edge of Cebu Lechon is that it is marketed well with good packaging, and now, it has different flavors like the Chili-flavored Lechon.
Tip: The Iligan Lechon is best enjoyed with Iligan's signature vinegar called Pinakurat!
We ordered our roasted pig from Dodong's Lechon, which is the first place winner of the Lechon Contest during the city fiesta. Dodong's Lechon (25 kilos) costs P3,200 (just add P400 if you want it shipped to Manila).
The other popular lechon brands in Iligan are Jaime's Lechon Bayug and Gloria's Ihaw Ihaw in Timoga.
Even in the province of Iligan, we were served San Miguel Premium All-Malt. :) This is my all-time favorite beer to be paired with lechon.
8. Sunburst Chicken, the Fried Chicken of Mindanao
This is one of the best I've tried in the Philippines. It even has its own cult following in the Visayas and Mindanao regions.
Sunburst's birthplace is Iligan City. It's a rare treat for me to eat in the home of where it all started.
(Some restaurants in Iligan tried to copy the Sunburst concept by pirating its cooks, but don't settle for anything less. Go for the best and the original.)
Sunburst Fried Chicken is really delicious because of its crispy skin -- not too oily and not too salty.
In fact, a lot of people crave Sunburst's Chicken Skins, which are sold as appetizing crackers that go well with Iligan's Pinakurat. Yummy!
9. Tinago Falls and the 20+ Majestic Waterfalls of Iligan
Besides Maria Cristina Falls, Tinago Falls is one of the more famous waterfalls that can be found in and around Iligan.
You have to descend approximately 500 steps to find the slightly hidden falls. Its fresh cold spring waters are collected in a deep-blue colored pool at the bottom, where you can swim. The more adventurous visitors climb up and jump into the lagoon-like waters.
I visited Tinago Falls back in our college days (DLSU ECE'91) when it was still a bit raw and there was no development around the falls. I wonder if it was able to preserve its raw beauty?
One of these days, I would love to go on an eco-tour of the best waterfalls in Iligan aside from Maria Cristina and Tinago, like the Limunsudan Falls, Mimbalut Falls, Hindang Falls, etc.
10. BEST Iligan Pasalubong: Cherry and Michelle's Silvanas & Cheding's Peanuts
If you're coming from Iligan, I recommend Cherry and Michelle's Silvanas -- they are awesome! These Iligan Silvanas are oblong-shaped cashew wafers (with a thin layer of butter icing) rolled in buttercake crumbs. It is not too sweet and not too buttery, so it is fun to eat while the wafer is frozen and still crunchy.
Packed in a box of 20's, these frozen treats can be hand-carried back to Manila (you'll have just enough time to put the silvanas back in the freezer without them losing their crunch).
Cherry & Michelle's Cakes & Pastries
0047 Laya Avenue Ext. San Miguel Village, Palao, Iligan City
Telephone: +63 (63) 221-4671
0081-B Quezon Avenue Poblacion, Iligan City (near St. Michael's Cathedral)
Telephone: +63 (63) 225-4781
GF Roque Bldg. Cabili Avenue corner Aguinaldo St., Poblacion, Iligan City
Telephone: +63 (63) 221-2751
Photo by Cheding's.
Cheding's Peanuts are an all-time favorite pasalubong from Cagayan de Oro. These are non-greasy little peanuts, not too salty and with no preservatives added. It's a favorite healthy snack that is an original Iligan Pride :)
25-A Sabayle St., Iligan City,
Telephone: +63 (63) 221-5164
Thank you to the Iligan Chamber of Commerce (led by Emily Dell Pascua) and to Vince Soriano and his family (wife Emma and son Vincent Joshua Raphael) for welcoming me to Iligan. :)
See you in the next Iligan Adventure!
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 the city.
P.S. Here are the other places in Iligan that are worth mentioning:
* Mabuhay Vinyl Corporation
Trivia: Located near Maria Cristina Falls is Mabuhay Vinyl Corporation, a commercial manufacturer of Liquid Caustic Soda (which is used in cleaning softdrink bottles), Sodium Hypochlorite (used as bleach), and Chlorine (used in swimming pools and bullet-proof vests).
* Jasmine Spa
If you are in the mood to unwind after all the fiesta activities and you just want an honest-to-goodness spa (with Manila standards in terms of facilities), then Jasmine Spa is one of the places you should check out for a good massage.
Jasmine Spa - The Essence of Beauty
Andres Bonifacio Avenue, Tibanga National Highway, Iligan City
Monday - Thursday: 11.00am - 11.00pm
Friday to Saturday: 11.00am - 12.00am
Sunday: 12.00am - 10.00pm
Telephone: +63 (63) 221-7363
Mobile: +63 922-5853440
Facebook: Jasmine the essence of beauty SPA
* Celadon Pension House
We stayed in Celadon Pension House in Iligan. It is already one of the best accommodations in the city, but you still have to lower your expectations in terms of cleanliness, services and quality of food. They have a big function room, which is where some of Iligan's business functions are held.
It is located in San Miguel Village and faces a beautiful tree park.
Celadon Pension House
San Miguel Village, Pala-o, Iligan, Mindanao, Philippines
Telephone: +63 (63) 221-0711
* Iligan Anahaw Amphitheater
It is located on top of a hill, on the southeastern side of Iligan's City Hall. This is where the fun runs and other events are held.
* Enang's Grill and Seafoods
There are a lot of grill places in Iligan like Enang's. This one is popular not only with the Christians but also with the Muslims because they usually serve Halal-certified food.
I personally like their grilled Chicken BBQ. I hear the other Pinoy favorites are good as well.
Enang's Grill and Seafoods
Tambo Gerona, Iligan City
Telephone: +63 (63) 225-0588
Facebook: Enang's Grill & Seafood Restaurant