Ma. Cristina Falls Also Known as “Twin Falls”

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MARIA CRISTINA FALLS

 

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Maria Cristina Falls is a waterfall of the Agus River on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. It is sometimes called the “twin falls” as the flow is separated by a rock at the brink of the waterfall. It is a landmark of Iligan City, nicknamed the City of Majestic Waterfalls, because of the presence of more than 20 waterfalls in the city. It is located 9.3 kilometers away southwest of the city proper at the boundaries of Barangays Maria Cristina, Ditucalan, and Buru-un. Well known for its natural beauty and grandeur, the 320 – feet (98 meters) high waterfall is also the primary source of electric power for the city’s industries, being harnessed by the Agus VI Hydroelectric Plant. – Source

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Maria Cristina Falls in Iligan City is the second highest falls in the Philippines. It is a waterfall of the Agus River on the Island of Mindanao and is a landmark of Iligan City. Because of the presence of more than 20 waterfalls, Iligan City is known as the City of Majestic Waterfalls.

Maria Cristina Falls is situated 9.3 kilometers away southwest of the Iligan City proper in the boundaries of Barangay Maria Cristina, Ditucalan and Buru-un. It’s a 320 feet high waterfall and the main source of power in the city’s industries which is brought under control by the Agus VI Hydroelectric plant operated by National Power Corporation. It’s not just supplying Iligan City’s power but it goes beyond other provinces generating 70% of Mindanao’s electricity. This means that during these days of El Niño, Mindanao is greatly affected with rotating brownout.

There are several names associated with Maria Cristina Falls. Some would call it “Twin Falls” because the flow is separated by a rock at the threshold of the waterfall. Other people tagged it as “now-you-see-now-you-don’t falls”. Wondering why? That’s because National Power Corporation operates the man-made controls of the waterfall which is important for producing electricity. 90% of the water from the falls is being utilized for hydropower plant but in spite of that its cascades are still alluring and splendid, attracting both the local and foreign tourists. – Source

 

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In the suburbs of Iligan City lies the Philippines’ second-highest waterfall, the Maria Cristina Falls. This waterfall is fed by the River Agus and is found on Mindanao Island. It is often used as a landmark, or representation, of the host city – Iligan, which is also renowned as ‘City of Majestic Waterfalls’, as it possesses over 20 waterfalls in all. Geographically, the waterfall is located about 9.3km southwest of Iligan City proper, and is bounded by Ditucalan, Buru-un and Barangay Maria Cristina. Falling 98 metres, it serves as the main source of power for the industries situated in and around the city. The National Power Corporation of Philippines is responsible for the operation of Agus VI hydroelectric plant, which constitutes one of the multiple projects that harness the Agus River, and also helps in the production of 70% of Mindanao’s electricity, besides supplying power to Iligan City. The plant, with a potential capacity of 200MW, harnesses electricity and power by utilizing 130 cubic meters of flowing water, every second. – Source

 

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