03 Oct Limunsudan Falls: Hidden Jewel of the South
True to its title as the City of Waterfalls, Iligan City stands proud as the place where 20 waterfalls can be seen gracing the city with many perks especially on the side of tourism and socio-cultural exchange.
Aside from the world famous Maria Cristina Falls, Iligan City also has the two-tiered Limunsudan Falls at Sitio Limunsudan, Barangay Rogongon and is considered to be the second highest falls in the Philippines with a height of 870 feet. It is a hidden jewel of the city since it is surrounded by a massive forest and is not easy to visit because of the underdeveloped pathways. With that, it makes visiting the tourist sport a quite laborious thing to do but if one really has the interest for nature trekking and love for waterfalls, it shouldn’t come as an issue.
If you are traveling from Cagayan de Oro City, one of the easiest known routes towards Sitio Limunsudan is via the municipality of Talakag, Bukidnon on jeepney ride. From the town center of Talakag, rent a habal-habal to reach the town of Mamaon, Bukidnon within 45 minutes and P350 ride fee. From there, a maximum of 45 minutes could be spent to reach Sitio Limunsudan in Iligan City for another P350 rent of habal-habal ride.
Upon reaching Sitio Limunsudan, you and your group will be passing by a small community from the Higaonon tribe where a ritual should be done that is believed to protect the visitors and tourists before they could go to witness the magnificent beauty of Limunsudan Falls. The ritual is also done to ask the guidance of the Magbabaya or “God” and to the spirits surrounding the place by offering coins and blood from chickens.
The Datus of the tribe themselves are the ones who usually accompany the trekkers on their way to the nearest and safest spot where the falls can be viewed from. The presence of the tribesmen is necessary so that someone will be there to watch over your group to avoid minor accidents along the 15-20 minute trail.
On the actual site, another ritual prayer is held before any activity can be done around the falls. When all formalities are done, now is the time to take out your cameras and phones to capture the breathtaking sceneries surrounding the falls.
From afar, you could see an entire heap of forest submerging Limunsudan Falls that is refreshing and creates a quenching illusion that wipes your worries and stresses away from your busy life. You could also easily cloud mists everywhere, creating a dramatic panorama for those novelty-seeking types and for those who are endlessly seeking peace within.
Visiting Limunsudan Falls is one of the best treats you could give as a treat to your friends and loved ones. Do not mind the long hours of travel to reach the place because the breathtaking sight itself is enough to make up for the tiring journey. Make the most out of your time to commune with nature and create lasting memories while at Limunsudan Falls.