Cari amici per me nulla è più rigenerante del getto d’acqua rumoroso di una cascata. E’ quello che si prova davanti alla maestosità delle Cascate di Maria Cristina. Sono alte più di 90 metri sopra il baldacchino della foresta e il fiume Agus e forniscono energia alla città di Iligan. Dopo le incursioni di pirati e musulmani, nel  XVI secolo questa città accoglie il cristianesimo. Oggi è tra le più popolose delle Filippine, incastonata in uno scenario naturalistico fatto di grotte e sorgenti d’acqua. Le più famose sono proprio le Cascate di Maria Cristina. La leggenda dice che due sorelle di nome Maria e Cristina  furono costrette dai genitori a matrimoni combinati.  Le due ragazze allora  decisero di saltare dalla scogliera, ponendo fine alla loro vita nel luogo, che oggi è chiamato “Maria Christina Falls”.  

 Maria Cristina Falls is a waterfall of the Agus River on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines and it is a landmark of Iligan City known as the City of Majestic Waterfalls, because of the presence of more than 20 waterfalls in the city. Maria Cristina Falls it is sometimes called the “twin falls” as the flow is separated by a rock at the brink of the waterfall. It is located 9.3 kilometers away southwest of the city proper at the boundaries of Barangays Maria Cristina, Ditucalan, and Buru-un. Known for its natural grandeur, the 320 – feet high waterfall is also the primary source of electric power for the city’s industries, being harnessed by the Agus VI Hydroelectric Plant operated by the National Power Corporation. It’s not just supplying Iligan City’s power but it goes beyond other provinces generating 70% of Mindanao’s electricity. The National Power Corporation operates the man-made controls of the waterfall which is important for producing electricity. The 90% 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.

National Power Corporation has just recently developed the National Power Nature Park. They now offer zipline adventure and rock climbing. There are also tables and chairs for those who want to have some picnic while viewing the falls. There’s also a souvenir area where you can find printed t-shirts and other items of Maria Cristina Falls. Other proposed amenities are still in progress.

Maria Cristina Falls is open for public viewing during Sundays and other special occasions as these are the days the plant closes for one hour, allowing the river to run free and return to its natural split-double waterfall. Swimming in Maria Cristina Falls is strictly prohibited because of the uncontrollable strong current of the water.

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