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“cold haven for the tropical heat”

Timoga Cold Springs
Ranked #3 of 26 things to do in Iligan
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Reviewed January 17, 2011

iligan is endowed with natural beauty.

in fact, it's known as the city of waterfalls. to name a few:
maria christina is one of the rare natural source of electricity of the city. it is also affectionately called as "the waterfall that falls by appointment. since the fall's energy is the main source of electricity for the city, this beauty has lost her glory.

tinago is hidden within the crevice of a mountain. hence the name "tinago" meaning hidden. one must hike down the side steep stairs to access the cold pool of the rushing fall. for the thrill seekers-you can actually climb on the boulders on the side of the mountain and dive into the deep blue-green water. dive at your own risk. remember: you still have to hike up the mountain for you to get any medical attention if an accident should occur.

mimbalot is a hidden gem. less touristy than tinago, and is accessible with an suv. (don't try to drive your low-riders into this natural beauty. its unpaved road will destroy your car.) mimbalot's pool is, however, not deep enough to swim. but refreshing to wade your feet.

there are alot more to name, and others that still remains nameless till this day.

one great attraction of iligan is the famous timoga cold springs.

the description really does mean COLD.
unfortunately, timoga did not retain her natural beauty like the old days.
because of commercialization, the owners have turned the springs into swimming pools.
the once boulder-strewn mini waterfalls and streams are now ceramic tiled swimming pools used for competition.
fortunately, iligan's mountain continues to share her refreshing virgin waters for the timoga-seekers.

highlight: before you decide which gate to enter make sure to buy lechon from vendors across the street. THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST LECHON OF THE WHOLE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS. yes, it beats cebu lechon by a thousand notches. pair it with puso (white rice steamed in banana leaf), toyo-suka-sili sauce and a big cold glass-bottled coke classic and you're set to bask away in tropical bliss.

for those who want to venture deep into the heart of mindanao, take a drive through the one and only highway that leads to the southern point of the island. there is no way you will get lost in this main highway! observe the rice paddies, notice the carabao-driven carts carrying families, look at the men carrying their prize-fighting cocks, wave at the motorcycles carrying 3 adults 1 baby 1 child sitting on the driver's lap and the pig tied to the back sit, yell hello to the people lounging in the wooden lanai and you'll surely get a big smile-of-a-hello back.

then, make sure to stop at kawit bridge for the famous bibingka. this store has been established long before 1980. since then its proprietor has continued to bake her bibingka to perfection. a treat after a long drive through the beauty of mindanao.

when you reach the bacolod signage with its greeting of blessing look to your right and search for a mangrove resort. a treat for the locals, this site is built on stilts on top of mangroves jutting out into the sea. a good place to finish off your bibingka and relax. there are rooms for rent that are romantically niched on stilts as well. unfortunately, i do not recommend them. its sterility is questionable.

the road leads unendingly to tubod (where the pambansang laro was once held), the ferry (which will bring you to ozamis) and elsewhere.

a word of caution: mindanao is quite safe. however, she has a past (and at times present) share of the devastation of terrorism. therefore, venture out with caution. and of course, prayer.


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Reviewed November 7, 2010

We have been to the springs several times each time has been very enjoyabe always clean and well kept. A great place to spend the day or afternoon. You can pick up your lunch right across the street very reasonable and always delicous plenty of places to set up your picnic. Very refreshing.

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