Lanao del Norte - Land of Beauty and Bounty
The province of Lanao del Norte is not a common tourist destination. But it has so much to offer that those who dared explore its hidden gems leave the province with memories they will treasure forever. For one, it is the only province in the country that has 22 scenic waterfalls, the most famous of which is Maria Cristina Falls.
Lanao del Norte also takes
pride in their festivities which depict their rich culture,
pay tribute to their heritage and highlight their local products.
Among the notable festivals include Sagayan, Diyandi and Alimango
1. Population – 846, 239 (as of 2007 Census)
2. Land Area – 3, 824.8 sq. km
3. Capital – Tubod
4. Language/Dialect – Cebuano, Maranao, English, and Filipino
- Iligan City (independent city)
- Pantao Ragat
- Poona Piagapo
- Sultan Naga Dimaporo (Karomatan)
Famous For ...
Maria Cristina Falls
It is Iligan City’s major landmark and generates 70% of
It is the only historical tourist attraction in the province.
A cultural event using as its base a Maranao dance performed
during the Araw ng Lanao del Norte.
This festival showcases the rich and varied cultural traditions
of the province. It highlighted by the traditional Diyandi,
Eskrima and the street drama.
Sink your teeth in the famous dish in Iligan: the binaki, a
grated young corn mixed with milk, then wrapped with fresh corncob
and steamed. For the seafood lover, crabs in Lanao del Norte,
particularly in Lala, are a must try.
Places of Interest
Anahaw Open Amphitheater
Location: Buhanginan Hill, Iligan City
Probably the biggest open amphitheater in Mindanao. A beautiful
site to view Iligan City, where children can romp around the
playground. The road going to the top of the hill is a challenge
and favorite destination for early morning exercise.
Location: Brgy. Buru-Buru, Iligan City
This was the former residence of former First Lady Dra. Evangeline
Macaraeg – Macapagal, wife of former President Diosdado
Macapacagal. Inside the two-storey residence are items and furniture
used by the couple before President Macapagal assumed office
Location: Brgy. Liangan East, Bacolod, Lanao del Norte
It was built in 1892 to serve as coastal defense point of the
Spaniards during their reign. The only remaining part of the
historical wall is a part of a wall that looks like a bastion.
Agus VI Hydroelectric
Location: Agus River, Iligan City
The power plant has a 200 MW potential capacity supplied
by a water flow of about 130 cubic meters per second.
Maria Cristina Falls
Location: Brgys. Maria Cristina, Ditucalan, and Buru-un. Iligan
Also known as the “Mother of Industry” and “Fountainhead
of Progress.” the 320-foot high is sometimes called the
"twin falls" as the flow is separated by a rock at
the brink of the waterfall. It spews 130 cubic meters per second
of water and the veritable source of industrial power in the
Location: Linamon, Lanao del Norte
As literally implied, it is hidden in deep ravine, the falls
cascading beautifully into a basin like pool, calm deep and
icy cold. It has an elevation of approximately 420 ft.
Location: Brgy. Rogongong, Iligan City
It is the second tallest waterfalls with a total height of 870
feet. It is located close to the boundaries of Iligan, Bukidnon
and Lanao del Sur.
Location: Brgy. Bonbonon, Iligan City
It is a 65.60 ft. high falls cascading down a concrete-like
boulder. It's tranquil, cool water and lush vegetation makes
it a real haven for nature lovers. The pool at the foot of the
falls is very ideal for swimming.
Location: Iligan City
It has a drop of approximately 90 feet high and is 18 ft. wide.
It is very alluring with its naturally limpid water. It is a
site to behold and provides an enjoyable swimming spot.
Location: Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte
A sight to behold with its unique rock formations on three foregrounds.
The rock formations resemble cathedral posts where it got its
Location: Bacolod, Lanao del Norte
It has a tributary falls cascading beautifully onto a bed of
volcanic rocks before it empties out to the main fall with an
estimated 85 feet drop/height. These falls can be used as an
alternative source of power having a potential of 14 megawatts.
Timoga Cold Springs
Location: Brgy. Buru-un, Iligan City
Known for its pristine, cool and crystal clear waters freely
flowing downstream towards several swimming pools. Shed, snack
bars, cottages and food stalls are available.
Location: Munai, Lanao del Norte
The river bores into a hill and then runs underground for about
100 meters. It is compared to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean
River but in a modest scale.
Location: Iligan City
Approximately 1,600 feet above sea level, considered as the
highest mountain in Iligan City. It is safe for trekking, mountain
climbing and camping. The hanging bridge connecting the main
road and jump off point to the foot of the mountain is an experience
Location: Nunungan, Lanao del Norte
An ideal sight for ecotourism l with a natural rainforest enriched
with its biodiversity and wild life enhanced by the Maranao
settlers of the area.
Hindang Falls and
Location: Brgy. Hindang, Iligan City
This 40 ft. high two-tiered waterfalls with a lagoon is ideal
for swimming. Other attractions include are the 6-8 cave clusters.
Most caves have narrow entrance with long and deep chambers.
Place: Lanao del Norte
Date: July 3
Known as the Muslim War Dance, Sagayan depicts a war dance among
the Maranaos that portrays masculinity. It is complemented by
women wearing their colorful costumes dancing gracefully with
a pronounced movement of their arms (known locally as “Kasiduratan”).
Place: Iligan City
Date: September 1 - 27
Celebrated during the feast of Señor San Miguel or St.
Michael, the Archangel, it is highlighted by three traditional
dances. Diyandi is a dance performed by an all-female group
before the patron saint. The dance depicts the courtship between
a Maranao male and a Higaonon female and culminates into an
offering of their union and bountiful harvest to St. Michael,
the Archangel. Eskrima (skirmish or sword fight) is a dance
simulating a fight between San Miguel and his enemies. The Yawa-yawa,
literally, devil-devil, is a dance from depicting the celestial
battle between the forces of good and evil as impersonated by
St. Michael and Lucifer. Inside the St. Michael Cathedral, the
officials of the government participate in the Pagpakanaug or
the lowering of the patron saint. During the ritual, the city
mayor receives the Patron Saint’s helmet; the congressman
receives the spear; and the chief of police the San Miguel’s
Place: Tubod, Lanao del Norte
Date: October 17
A festivity held for thanksgiving on the towns’ harvests,
particularly bananas. It is highlighted with a dance competition
wherein participants in this event wears costumes made of Banana.
Hudyaka sa Lubi Festival
Place: Linamon, Lanao del Norte
Date: January 23
It is a form of thanksgiving to coconut – sometimes dubbed
as the “Tree of Life” – that is abundant in
the locality, and thus a major source of income to the populace.
On this day, residents dance in the streets with elaborate costumes
made from the various parts of the coconut. The date coincides
with the town’s founding anniversary
Place: Lala, Lanao del Norte
Date: March 22
A festival to celebrate "Araw ng Lala" featuring displays
of different sizes of alimango (crab). Also features native
costumes, dances and cotests depicting and promoting local culture
and tradition and fluvial parade passing through unspoiled mangroves.