Did last summer ever have any good story to tell? I mean I enjoyed Iligan City waterfalls so much but I cannot just tell them elatedly because others seem to have a lot more on their plates. I mean I, too, have a lot in my plates but at the end of the day, focus on the positive right?

Iligan City never runs out of beautiful waterfalls and being the City of Majestic Waterfalls, it should have – options. This was my first time in Iligan so I never really expected much. But I have this friend who is from the city and, as expected, have a lot of positive things to say about his city. I mean, don’t get me wrong but people who are pandering on you can never be trusted. HAHAHA.

He was not wrong, though, as the city’s waterfalls are indeed breathtaking.

This was the summer I wanted to remember. This was the summer I should have been living. But you know the saying that “bad things happen to good people et cetera, et cetera”? I mean I may not be a good person but I’m not that bad either; so, what the hell!? Can good things actually happen to me this year?

I love waterfalls; like, I love watching them and wonder on the power that they actually have. Have you ever have this sense of calm just by looking at waterfalls or have this sense of comfort and relaxation just by running your fingers by the waters? If you are not that poetic in life then you are doing something really wrong!

Going to some of the waterfalls of Iligan City has given me renewed perspectives on some aspects of life. Unknowingly, I have set a lot of balls rolling after this trip and none of them I will regret. I’m sure that looking back in my life, this will be the trip that I will always consider to have launched a thousand ships; and, oh boy, what a ride!

Then the ‘SongSong couple’ announced their divorce. At first, I was like, “This is sad!”. But then I realized something. They were happy and in love with each other that they got married fast. Why wait when it that moment you are so sure and so willing to take the risk? Their divorce, after less than 2 years of marriage, is an example of recognizing a relationship which is not working anymore and being able to give yourself and the other the exit which is best for you both. Many people dream of fairy tales that they are so blinded of recognizing reality. Instead of mind controlling people that forever exists, why not teach them to be able to recognize a relationship which is not working anymore and how to muster the courage to leave without further damaging each other? It’s always better to fight but if you’re fighting alone, you’re fighting a battle you are about to lose. I believe that paves the way to healthier relationships in the future!

So Iligan City, huh? Hahaha.

Mimbalut Falls

No entrance fee – enough said.

Mimbalut Falls

Maria Cristina Falls

I only saw postcards of this waterfall and never even dreamt of coming. But here we are… Due to the unrest in the surrounding area, the tight security did not even allow some of the visitors to enter the site. We were lucky that day!

Maria Cristina Falls

Tinago Falls

I never expected this waterfall to be the fusion of Asik-Asik Falls and Kawasan Falls. At least that was what was how I see it. The bamboo raft to the waterfall was fun but what was unexpectedly fun that day was the barrage of abs. I mean, there were abs everywhere. It seemed that it rained abs that day and I was in a lucky place. Don’t get me wrong, I flirt with, clearly, everything that moves! Hahahaha

Tinago Falls

Limunsudan Falls

Among the waterfalls that I’ve been to, Limunsudan Falls may be my favorite of them all. From the required ritual performed by the locals before the trek to the falls and another ritual after reaching it, it was an excursion one does not easily forget.

It was rather difficult getting near the falls because the water had been too strong. Well, the water is always powerful with that falls.

Deeply etched to the forest, the real challenge was the climb towards it. They said it would only be a trek. They were wrong. It was more of an hour of Mt. Matutum climb, which was relatively harder when done in a blindside. It was enjoyable though!

Now, the scary part we had to deal with in our trip to the waterfalls had been the road. The road cementing is on-going. There were slippery roads which the vehicle found difficult to pass by. Though one of the vans, with no passengers inside, slipped down a certain road and nearly fell off a cliff, almost giving us all a heart attack, we remained to have a kindled spirit throughout the whole trip.

Limunsudan Falls
Limunsudan Falls II


I will always cherish this trip to Iligan City, unlike any other trips I’ve taken. I feel like I became a whole different person after this. Although not the person that I am entirely proud of, but the person I can totally live with. You don’t need to be perfect or right all the time. However, you always have to take responsibility for what you’ve done and be the person, who when you look at the mirror, you will be able to recognize.

Although life fucked me hard after this trip, I will just have to tell life that I’ll be getting used to hard fucking. I always play with the cards I’m dealt with after all. The end.

Author: Mark Atong

If he is not taking advantage of his skills on full-time IT employment, he is going different places and hopefully making his mother proud. He believes writing is his passion; but it has yet to prove to pay his bills. He is a fun-loving individual who would rather stay at home reading books and catch-up on episodes of TV shows.

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