Iligan is very well know throughout the country as the city of waterfalls. It’s not an understatement, given we have about 26 documented waterfalls throughout the city and some dozens more undocumented. One of the best waterfalls this city has to offer is the Limunsudan Falls, or what the locals call Limunsudan Bayugan Abaga which is located in sitio Limunsudan, Barangay Rogongon.
Picture wise, you wouldn’t really be able to tell if this falls is majestic or grand but we can’t blame you for that. This falls just isn’t as photogenic as the other ones. But up close and personal, you’ll see that this falls is as majestic or maybe far more than our twin falls that’s a bit more accessible from the city proper.
Getting there was quite easy on our end since everything was already prearranged by the cool people at IBS, but if your a reader and wanna find out how to get there, I’ll detail it out at the bottom. The Department of Education had also planned to go there to distribute food supplies so we were able to go together with them which made the ride a bit merrier. Our ride consisted of three 6×6 military trucks with escorts. About 75% of the ride was on dirt roads so expect the least amount of comfort-ability for the next 5 hours. The long ride was met with incredibly challenging roads, bridges and a river crossing depending on the weather and the vehicle your riding.
For those who wanna go there without opting in for the 6x6s, you can ride a bus from Iligan to Cagayan De Oro. From Cagayan’s Agora Terminal, you ride an Armak Jeep to Talakag and find a motor bike called a Habal-Habal to get you from Talakag to Limunsudan. I’m not too sure of the prices but I think it is a follows: Iligan – Cagayan: 70 Php, Cagayan – Talakag: 50 Php and from Talakag – Limunsudan: 250Php. These fare rate aren’t accurate but at least it gives you a baseline.
One of the best things that you experience when travelling to Limunsudan is the people there. I hear a lot of bad and scary things about how there are a lot of rebels in the area and how it’s so dreadful we might get kidnapped and we won’t be able to return home unless we prepare some ransom money, I call them liars. People who’s never been there spread such baseless rumors without solid proof. Such people harm the economical growth that tourism might bring to limunsudan. We went there and we got back with out a scratch in our body, we’re living proof that those are all just lies.
Contrary to popular belief, the indigenous people of limunsudan from the higaonon tribe are actually quite friendly. They gave us a bit of tour of their sitio, showed us their rituals, guided us to limunsudan falls in which they deem sacred and even gave us a great presentation of their cultural dance and attire.
The trip was one of a kind, the falls was majestic and grand, though it was a bit disappointing how we can’t go near it. The cultural dance was fascinating as what you’d expect for cultural dances from tribes like these. There is such distinct beauty that sparks curiosity in things such as indigenous culture. Over all, the trip was great. The ride was somewhat tiring due to the really bumpy ride, but it was fun with everyone. The locals were very hospitable and accommodating, a far cry from what the baseless rumors tell you. So I wanna implore everyone who’s interested in going to please try visiting Liunsudan Falls.
Waterfalling Adventure Tour 3.0 by the Iligan Bloggers Society, Inc. will not be possible without the support from the following partners Iligan City Government, 4th Mechanized Infantry Batallion, IHARRA , and Iligan Chamber and event sponsors:
With the support of: Keepsakes Iligan | Adventist Medical Center- Iligan | NPC Nature’s Park | Bob NYUSA | The Good Type | Margeuries House of Goodies