This city has two nicknames. City of Majestic Waterfalls and the Industrial Center of the South.
Iligan is a highly urbanized city in Northern Mindanao. Though it is located within the political boundaries of Lanao del Norte, its status as a highly urbanized city (HUC) makes it independent from the province.
It achieved its HUC status in the 1980s because of the heavy industries and companies that are located in the city. National Power Corporation built a hydroelectric power plant and tapped the waters of Maria Cristina Falls. The city also housed the largest steel plant which was the National Steel Corporation. Other manufacturing companies are tin plants, chemical plant (Mabuhay Vinyl), flour mills and cement plants.
The 1970s-1980s was the period of rapid industrial heydays of Iligan, earning the nickname as the Industrial Center of the South. Iligan was slowly displaced by Cagayan de Oro City as the economic center during the period of decline of the industrial activities, especially with the closure of the steel company during the Asian financial crisis in 1997.
People of Iligan felt the need for another nickname. Something that they can be proud of, and something that will most likely to stay for the longest time. The rapid industrialization of Iligan decades ago may have been the priority of the city government before, but today, much importance is given for tourism.
Iligan is blessed with natural wonders, specifically the waterfalls. There are at least 29 known cascades in the city. The more popular ones are Maria Cristina Falls, Mimablot Falls, Tinago, Dodiongan and Abaga Falls. Iligan is now called as the City of Majestic Waterfalls.
Do come to Iligan City and experience ‘waterfall-hopping’ if there is such a word to explain it.
My ‘waterfall-hopping’ experience is something that I could share. I chose a trio of cascades starting with Maria Cristina Falls then to Tinago Falls and finally Mimbalot Falls.
How to go to Iligan? You can reach Iligan by land, sea and air.