September 15, 2010

The Majestic Maria Cristina Falls

I am one of the thousand Pinoy who actually have seen and experienced the Beauty of Maria Cristina Falls.. Ever since it was my wish to visit Maria Cristina falls one day since I was curious how would it look like in the real world. . All the information I have then were from textbooks, features in televisions and magazines. I am so fortunate that I was able to visit the place .Thank God I traveled safe.

The Legend :

"Maria Cristina Falls is a waterfall in Mindanao Island (Lanao del Norte) and a landmark of Iligan City, also known as the City of Majestic Waterfalls. It is located 8.5 kilometers away southwest of the city proper. Well-known for its natural beauty and grandeur, the 320 feet high waterfalls is also the primary source of power for the city's industries and the whole Mindanao region.

Most people believed that the falls origin came from the two beautiful sisters named Maria (the younger) and Cristina (the elder) who love each other very much to the extent that Maria gave everything she have to Cristina. They also loved their neighbor as they loved themselves. They are both good-looking and attractive maidens, and many Datus & Sultans came to ask for their hands in marriage, but the sisters refused.However, there was an unhappy son of a famous Sultan living somewhere nearby Lake Lanao .He couldn’t find the girl that he really loved. He traveled around the lake until he saw the two maidens of the falls. He fell in love with the Maria and Cristina but the two sisters did not know whom he really loved. Days have passed and Maria realized that she loved the son of the sultan very much, which made her very sad and she went to the top of the falls and jumped. When Cristina her sister, found out that Maria was dead, she likewise went to the top of the falls and tossed herself down the deep ravine.When the handsome young man discovered what happened and found the dead bodies, he buried them carefully under the falls and never married until he also died. He named the falls, Maria Cristina, after the two sisters he loved.