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Maria and Cristina
Iligan is known as the ‘City of Majestic Waterfalls’ and the most majestic of the 23 falls is Maria Cristina. It is located on the island of Mindanao and its waters come from the Agus river.
According to legend, the name Maria Cristina Falls comes from the tragic story of two loving sister, namely, Maria and Cristina.
The sisters were well known by the people because of their kindness. They were also the only ones living near the falls.
The two sisters lived peacefully until a son of a prominent Sultan went searching for a bride. He saw the sisters and fell in love with both of them.
Maria realized that he had deep feelings for the Sultan’s son and was anguished about their situation. She decided to end her suffering by letting herself fall from the top of the falls.
Grief stricken by her sister’s demise, Cristina did the same and met her end.
The Sultan’s son discovered their bodies and buried them under the falls. He then named the falls Maria Cristina.
Maria Cristina falls stands at the height of 321.5 feet. It currently powers the Agus 7 Hydroelectric Plant. The plant is operated by NAPOCOR or National Power Corporation. 70% of Mindanao’s electricity is generated by this plant.
NAPOCOR has made the area a good tourist and family spot as well. They opened Nature’s Park in 2010. It is a great place for people with a desire for adventure. The large natural land has ziplines which consists of four parts, two over a thick area of trees and the other two over the strong currents of Maria Cristina which give zip liners a unique view of the falls.
The park also has a wall climbing facility, a butterfly farm, a crocodile farm and a zoo.
There has been talks that a proposal was made to put up a white water rafting facility in the park too. Now, wouldn’t that be something to look forward to.
Source: CNN ireport