Healthy Saturday Routine

I’ve been taking jogs early mornings when I saw that Iligan City Rizal Park was full of people, one summer  Saturday morning. My mama told me that there’s a Saturday morning program for a healthy exercise routine open for everybody.

The Saturday after that. I was there. With my mom.  And a friend. I got hooked ever since! Hataw Na Iligan is an ongoing program of Councilor Marlene Young for and with the public. This is to promote healthy living and lifestyle among Iliganons. There’s no age or medical condition/status required. In as long as one can dance and follow the instructor, then you’re welcome to join in.
What got me hooked?!
Nothing beats the energy of the people doing the routine.
This is how it looks! Iliganons from different backgrounds taking part as one in a full-packed-fast-paced dance exercise routine. In some mornings, I would have a teenager at my side, an aged at the other, and middle-aged in front. Not minding the sweats and the early sun light. Everyone seems to be in trance. You can’t help but enjoy.

What makes it click?

MUSIC! Yes, all types of songs from different genres are used from
one routine after another. There’s always something for everyone, I might say.
I’ve been seeing these people in Iligan City street and in the back of my mind I would say “Hala! klasmayt na ko sa Hataw Na” (Translate: Oh! A “classmate” in Hataw Na). Because people there are enjoying too much at staying healthy that you’ll find them a regular at it.
PinayTravelista (author)  Kayex, and Atty. Marlene Young

I’m not much of a health-buff person, but I get some kicks at having fun. I have to say that this program is one-thought-of-program. No wonder the young, and old gets to enjoy it at the same time.
If you’re staying in Iligan City or planning for a visit — stop by the Rizal Park on the Saturdays. The dance exercise starts at 6 A.M. and ends at 8 A.M. Bring a bottle of water, face towels, and extra shirts, and brace yourself for one wake-up-weekend-routine you’ll find yourself hooked at.
Photo Credits: Photos grabbed from Atty. Marlene Young’s Facebook Account…^^
Disclaimer: This in no other way a promotional or paid article. 
The author is a Hataw Na regular.
If you wanna bet on it —- I’ll see you there!!
**Once you’re IN you can never get back OUT… Or something like that in movie lines.. LOL

P.S. So okay, I’ve been in these Saturdays for some time now.. There was this one Saturday that there will be an Aikido Sunday announced.. I actually saw pictures in Atty. M. Young’s photo albums that had me in funny poses! ahahahahahahaha! But that’s another blog post! 

EL SALVADOR | Tallest Divine Mercy

The Archdiocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy at El Salvador, Misamis Oriental is a MUST place to visit as it being the tallest Divine Mercy in the world. Around 30 minutes drive from Cagayan De Oro City, Philippines, this shrine sits atop a hill with 9.8 hectares of landscape that allows one to meditate and solemnly pray. It has an additional parking space to safely park vehicles out of traffics way, a land area total of 11.8 hectares. To this date it is continually developed with buildings, chapels, and additional landscaping. 
My first visit was with my friends, Jeddy and Ed Michael. We traveled by bus and stopped at the foot of the Divine Mercy trail. By there, we rode a habal-habal (motorcycle). We were dropped off at the main stairwell of the Shrine. 
It was a pretty long way up the stairs. At the bottom were white crosses that weaves around the lawn as stations for the Via Crucis or Way of the Cross. As we made our way up the stairs, we stopped by the midsection where the Virgin Mary stands on her garden. Making your way up the stairs is a challenge, and not for the faint-hearted or the aged. You can enter through the back portion of the shrine where the vehicles are parked. The walk around it is long but has even walkway for those who find it hard going through the stairwell.
We were chatting our way up when we got the last 3-4steps and saw the Sacred Heart of Jesus standing massively on a hilltop with it’s beautifully orchestrated blooms and greens in it’s gardens. It was on Sept. 8, 2009 that more than 20,000 pilgrims journeyed to Divine Mercy Hills at northern Mindanao for the dedication and blessing of a 50-foot Divine Mercy statue and to celebrate the Blessed Mother’s birthday. I could only imagine how it was with thousands of pilgrims on it’s lawn looking up to it with the sky as it’s backdrop.
The statue of Divine Mercy in itself is breathing taking as it massively stands at the highest point of the hill set to be captured with the sky as its natural back draft. On a hill 500 feet above sea level, the shrine looks out to Macalajar Bay and a view of the embattled villages in the mountains of Lanao. The location is not deliberate, the priests, who take care of the shrine, say that God chose the place to be a center for dialogue and healing for the people of Mindanao.
+ Wear appropriate clothing. No shorts, sleeveless shirts/blouses, tight fitting bottoms or leggings allowed. I made a mistake on my second visit by wearing leggings, I was made to wear a gartered skirt in blue or red. thus, the minimum camera exposure I had then.
+ Bring bottled water for drinking and an umbrella. It gets hot around midday.
+ Light a candle at the back portion of the shrine for prayers of request or thanksgiving.
+ Bring a water canister. There are pipes and faucets of flowing water said to be blessed. If you must, bring some for home.
1. Travel to Cagayan de Oro City
*** Daily flights
2. Travel by bus liners (Rural transit, Super Five, etc)
***Fare Rate: 30-60Php
3. Ask the driver to drop you off El Salvador Divine Mercy Shrine
4. Take a Habal-Habal or motorcycle ride
***Ask the driver to pick you up at a specific time, you can ask for their mobile numbers to be sure
*** Fare Rate 25Php
People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, 
the kind of people they ignore at home.” – Dagobert D. Runes

ILIGAN CITY | Aruma Coffee Lounge

Iligan City is now slowly teaching it’s residents the love for coffee and growing array of choices you have to satisfy that craving. It has generated a few coffee addicts — I, admittedly, am one of them. There’s this one favorite quaint coffee shop that I seriously fell in love with, the moment I set foot into the interiors of the ARUMA Coffee Lounge. 

Located at Preface Building which timidly sits along De Leon cor. Burgos St., Poblacion Iligan City, it has an indoor dining and an outdoor area for what ever preference may you want. It started out with a bold move by coffee lovers turned entrepreneurs to open a long dancing idea of a coffee shop. It was on the December 15th of 2007 that this was realized with the name ARUMA, coming from the English word aroma pronounced in the “bisaya” accent.

 Their menu is light on the pockets with a variety of Brewed Coffee ranging from 70-99Php, Served On The Rocks from 99-109Php, Shaken and Whipped at 119Php. Add to that you choice of sandwhich, pasta, greens or sweets.
The Chicken Pesto Aruma Pasta is my all time favorite. It goes well with Chilly White Mocca Frap or my usual Cafe Americano which I take black. They have this very light Chicken Oriental Salad is good for those who are watching their weight. Top the day off with the must have Banofee Pie! You’ll be begging for another serving or more.
The interiors is what really hit home run for me. The white washed wall matched with white tables and seatings is a minimalistic approach in a trendy way of setting it. The design and lay out of the place has this desirable effect of pure comfort.
On its light painted walls are multitude displays of photographs of Iligan City — the events, the people, the scenic spots, in bright colors framed in a solid black border. It’s like one big hug of homely comfort.

This is generally a place for people to relax, hang out, socialize, rub elbows with and let time pass by. It is the “somewhere” for early afternoon get-togethers, midafternoon meetings, late afternoon to early evening dates, and late evening catch-ups. With very accommodating staff even if you and your friends had laughed their whole building off, warmed the seats dry, and tasted and ate everything on their counter.

They offer WIFI service connections for you to get connected, another reason to just love this place — it’s a bloggers haven! I, honestly, can’t find anything bad to say about this place, their service, and their products.

I just love it here!!!

All my praises goes to the owners and the people behind ARUMA!

You’re one of my favorite safe spots in town!
ARUMA Coffee Lounge
Preface Building
De Leon cor. Burgos St.Poblacion Iligan City
Facebook Fanpage: HERE 

What to try:
I always go for my Banofee Pie!! *grins* I just can’t seem to get enough of it. Take your pasta or sweets with any coffee choice you want, and drain them with long talks and loud laughs.
How To Get There:
****For Touristhow to get to Iligan City — READ THIS: Iligan City
**** City Proper to Aruma Coffee Lounge:
1. Public Utility Jeepney: Pala-o, or Tubod Line for 7.50Php
…For PUJ’s, ask the driver to drop you off the Preface Bldg or at Penshoppe, then walk yourself at the other side of the bldg. You won’t miss it by the back corner.
2. Taxi for 60-80Php
…ask the driver to get you to Aruma Coffee Lounge at Preface Building, De Leon cor. Burgos St.Poblacion Iligan City
…if you’re planning to stay there ’til late eve, jeepneys and taxi is not difficult to get when it’s late.

i HEART iligan city

Dear Iligan City,

To be honest, it took me awhile to realize that I was born and raised in a treasure-mount that you’re humble of. Only then when I went around Iligan City streets, immerse myself with your people, dive in the Iliganon culture during the festive Diyandi Festival, and get lost in wonder in your nature, did I finally gotten to know you.
Your history, people, and culture defines you
— you cut it out for everyone!

I would never tire to show people around you. It’s like sharing a secret that everyone must know.Showing them how you would define nature at — Ma. Cristina Falls, you are well-known for, your hidden beauty at Tinago Falls, & little rough edges at Mimbalot Falls.  There’s also the Timoga Spring Pools, and the secluded Taytay, Maze and NPC Natures Parks.

A time spent with you is never ever boring!!!

Pinay Travelista nature tripping

When in the mood for busy city lights and streets, your highly urbanized center has everything for everyone. Those small and big retail/service businesses keeps me occupied. No wonder that there are sprouting budding entrepreneurs and investors taking their spots — you not only have THE location, but also has source for raw materials, man power, and target market. There’s enough for everyone to go about — the family-oriented establishments from fine dining to grilled and outdoorsy type to fast food chains; the night scene for young people, and the just-about-for-everyone go places like the Iligan Citys Weekend Night Market.
Diyandi Festival
To top it off, are the people that resides in Iligan City. The very accommodating, friendly, and colorful – Iliganons. Celebrating the feast Sr. San Miguel every September 29, is a month long celebration and merry-making, with programs and events happening almost every night. It is best to come around this festive month. The Diyandi Festival  Street dancing, where performers would dance in the streets and have a final showdown at the Anahaw Amphitheater is a mustnotmiss-event!

I may not always stand in your rich soils, Iligan City.

But there’s a special place I have for you in MY heart
It’s never unsafe in your grounds, despite what other people thinks about you. My one wish is to have them visit you and see for themselves what I and many more have been CONSTANTLY raving about. 
Your Iliganon blogger, 
P.S.  My little travels ad adventures started with you. Thank you for inspiring me to become a traveler. In you, I saw that treasures are hidden and kept secrets and that the best way to enjoy and fall in love with them is when you  seek them out for yourself.


 “Submitted as an entry to the My Iligan Blogging Contest”

ILIGAN CITY | Mimbalot Falls

It is a breathtaking place to commune with nature and leisurely spend time swimming in its’ pool basins or having a picnic on its tables. I’ve been lucky enough to live in Iligan City where urban and nature gracefully dance in sync together. That I get to run off somewhere a few minutes off and finding myself in this pocket of wonder nature has given to us. One of the 23 waterfalls of Iligan City is this pocket of wonder — the Mimbalot Falls. It is located at Brgy. Buruun, which is approximately 11km drive from the city center (Map: Here). This falls has established itself as a lunch to mid-afternoon nature trip location for families and friends.
The Mimbalot Falls is a cascading waterfall with jutting rock edges reminding you of how raw nature is. With its’ 90 ft. water drop and 18 ft. wide facade, Mimbalot Falls will not dauntingly scare you. It gives off this visitor-friendly feeling that you find yourself enjoying the the falls up close.


Take a hydro-massage while you’re at it. The pressure from the rushing water feels good on the back. It can steal time away from you. Take time to enjoy it.
You can swim on it’s pool basins. Don’t leave kids unattended because there are deep water spots on some of these pool basins. The shallow pool areas have large slippery rocks, it is best to get steady foot hold.

Travel Notes:
+Bring your cameras. What good is a short nature trip if you can’t capture the fun you had at it.
+Bring your own provisions. There are no stores around the area.
+Be careful of loose rocks. Always find a good and steady foothold.
+Be careful of slippery areas. The wooded bridge and the concrete fixed picnic tables have slippery surfaces. don’t leave children unsupervised.

How to get to Iligan City: Read: HERE

Date Posted: June 2011; Updated: March 2014
Entrance Fee: 15PhP

From City Proper – Brgy. Buruun
1. Take the jeepney (PUJ) for Brgy. Buruun Fare: 12-15Php
— Tell the driver to drop you off the Iligan City National School of Fisheries..
— Or just say “Sa kanto sa Mimbalot lang ko manong” (At the corner road to Mimbalot, manong)
— Take the off road trail beside the IC Nat’l School of Fisheries around 5-7 minute walk to the Mimbalot Falls.

2. Or you can take a taxi, tell the driver to take you to Mimbalot Falls
[No Fixed or Metered Fare (driver-passenger agreement): ~150-200Php]

3. If you’re driving, take the national highway going southbound. The ICNSF is a few minutes after you pass by the Timoga Spring Pools. Ask any locals which road bend to take.You might also like to check out the rest of the ILIGAN WATERFALL SERIES posts:
Ma. Cristina Falls    Tinago Falls       Limunsudan Falls
Mimbalot Falls         Hindang Falls    Kalubihon Falls

“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home 
and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang

ILIGAN CITY | National Power Corporation Natures Park

National Power Corporation Natures Park, is one of the largest nature parks of the Philippines. It is open to locals, backpackers, and tourist for a nature trip one will definitely find it hard to forget. The NPC holds Maria Cristina Falls , is a major tourist spots in Iligan City. Being a city with more than 20 waterfalls that sits on it’s terrain — it boast the iconic Ma. Cristina Falls, Iligan City is known for. On it’s grounds is the long standing primary source of electric power for the city’s industries, being harnessed by the Agus VI Hydroelectric Plant (HEP). Now, NPC has developed it’s surrounding land area into recreational facilities for the visitors to enjoy nature at it’s grandest.


They house Ostrich and Crocodile Parks, and you also get the chance to see snakes, monkeys and other exotic animals at that. To add to the list the park has in store for you is a butterfly sanctuary with a coi pond, and luscious garden, and beside it is an orchids garden, both enclosed within a greenhouse for the green thumbed visitors to enjoy. Bus loads of children have visited this place for field trips and the likes. Not only is it recreational but educational as well.

The nature’s park is ideal for any company of different walks of life, or of any ages. Be it family out for a weekend gathering, friends getting away from the hustle of life city life, or lovers taking some time off to be together. You don’t get to relax that much often in your routines in life — but here, it’s a break away from work, school, and the stresses in everyday living.

In it’s landscape is a line of cottages for a break from the heat and a place to eat , relax and enjoy the place. You can pack a small meal for the family, friends, or for a date, since you can’t find any stores that carry any provisions. Just be sure to tend after yourselves. Not much of their maintaining staff are around to tend after you, and the place is so beautiful, it would be an insult to mess it up.

Ofcourse, a trip to NPC Nature’s Park is not complete if you don’t make it to the top of the viewing deck to see the magnificent waterfall. It’s a long walk and a couple of stairs to take, since the coaster ride only takes you at the bottom of the building. But I must say that even for the faint hearted, it is but worth every step. You then get to that building corner, the water-falling-crashing-sound behind it, the first peek and down the curved walkway leading to the viewing area. 

You just wanna run down and say those “oohhh… ahhhh… woooow…” words. 

That’s exactly the feeling you get.

It can take any lonesome traveler breathe away with it’s majestic pride of water downfall. It is sometimes called the “twin falls” as the flow is separated by a rock at the brink of the waterfall. It is a landmark of Iligan City, located 9.3 kilometers away southwest of the city proper at the boundaries of Brgys. Ditucalan, and Buru-un. Well-known for its natural beauty and grandeur, the 98 meters/320 water drop for a waterfall is one sight you will definitely remember .

It’s almost melancholic to look at it, but then again at the back of your mind you would think — here is a beauty that sits undeviatingly wonder lighting up every single bulb, charging every drained out cellular phones, powers up every computers, turning on every television on a 600km radius, or more, or so… So when you’re in town, do visit this spot, and take my word for it, you’ll love it.

Pinay Travelista Notes: 
+ They also have this cave with bats, it is not yet accessible for the public, and we dare not go near it. If you’ve ventured near a cave with bats in it. You’ll know exactly why. From the noise they make, and the eerie feeling of darkness, to the foul smell they have — it’s best check it out but to stay away.
+ The Park also has this Adventure Park that has a Zipline from the canopy through the woods, down across the other side of the river bank,l and across back the other side again. It has 4 lines to “zipped on” and it goes for a fee of 200Php/person. You get to zipline across the rushing waters ofrom the waterfall.
+ Wear close and tight-fitted shoes when doing the zipline.
+ Bring your cameras of course!!!

National Power Corporation Natures Park
Location: Map: HERE
Agus 6/7 HEP Complex, Tourism Triangle Boundary, Ma. Cristina, Buru-un, Iligan City
Coordinates: 8°11’3″N   124°11’58″E

How To Get To Iligan City:
Directions from Iligan City Proper to NPC Natures Park:
Public Jeepney: Brgy. Buru-un Line (fare: 10Php)
Public Utility Vehicles: Taxi (fare: 100-150Php, depending on agreed fare with the driver)
*****Ask the driver to drop you off the NPC. You wont miss it, it’s right on the bend after the Buru-un Bridge
*****For those who will be traveling via jeepney, you have to walk a few 15-20m to the the main entrance.
*****Fares may change depending on approved rates

Entrance Fee:
Regular: 30Php
Student/ Senior Citizen: 20Php
*****for those backpackers or those with private vehicles, a coaster is provided for you and your party. It may take awhile to wait for it though, since they only have one coaster to serve everyone.
*****Fees may change depending on approved rates

Adventure Park Zipline Fee:
200Php/person for 4 stations/lines
*****Closed fitting shoes are required. However, there are close shoes you can rent for safety purposes.
*****Fees may change depending on approved rates

A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.” 
Related article by same author at a CoFFee SToRY To TeLL

ILIGAN CITY | Knowing Iligan City & How Get There Directions

Iligan City is a highly urbanized city in the Northern Mindanao region, Philippines. It is geographically within the province of Lanao del Norte but administered independently from the province after it the passage of Republic Act 9724 that separates this highly urbanized city from the first congressional district of Lanao del Norte to form its own congressional district beginning in the 2010 elections. It was part of Central Mindanao (Region 12) and now under Northern Mindanao (Region 10).


Coordinates: 8°13′N 124°14′E
Region Northern Mindanao (Region X)
Province Lanao del Norte

District Lone District of Iligan City

Directions, and How to Get There Details for Iligan City:

***Fares may change depending on approved rates
Post Date: May 2011
Recent Update: September 2013
The Lumbia Airport Laguindingan International Airport at Cagayan de Oro City, and Ozamis Airport are two of the nearest airports in Iligan City. Check out the flights from airline companies for schedules, and availability in flights.

Flights to Laguindingan International Airport (Cagayan de Oro City) 

1] Daily flights from Manila, Cebu, and Davao – Laguindingan International Airport, CDO
::: From Manila Travel Time
   Flight: ~1H 20mins
::: From Cebu Travel Time
   Flight: ~30mins.

2] Laguindingan Airport – Iligan City | North Bound Bus Terminal
:: Shuttle Rate: 50Php Pax
   Bus Rate: 85PhP
   Travel Time: ~1 hour

3] a] Laguindingan Airport – CDO | Bulua Terminal
:: Shuttle Rate: 100Php Pax
   Travel Time: ~1 hour

3] b] CDO | Bulua Terminal – Iligan City | North Bound Bus Terminal
:: Non- Aircon Bus ~40Phph Pax
:: Aircon – NonStop Bus ~ 85PHP Pax
   Travel Time ~2H

Ferries from Manila, and Cebu, to Cagayan de Oro 
::: From Manila Travel Time: ~30H
::: From Cebu Travel Time: ~12-14H
1] CDO Pier – CDO Bulua Bus Terminal
::: Jeepney (Just outside the docking area)
Travel Time: ~20- 30mins
Fare: 35 PhP
::: Metered Taxi (outside the pier)
Travel Time: ~15- 20mins
2] CDO Bulua Terminal – Iligan City North Bound Bus Terminal (Tambo)
:: Non- Aircon Bus ~40Phph Pax
:: Aircon – NonStop Bus ~ 85PHP Pax
Travel Time ~2H
3] To get to the City Proper
Take jeepney lines; Tibanga, Tambo, or Del Carmen
Travel Time: ~10mins
Fare: 7.50PhP


1] Check airline companies operating flights to Ozamis City
2] Please check ferry companies operating voyages to Iligan City via Ozamis
Travel Time: ~2H
Vessel docks at Iligan City Pier
2] Take the bus, and travel by road from Ozamis City to Iligan City
Read the post How to Get To Iligan – Ozamis City but backtrack it’s steps 


1] Check airline companies operating flights to Cebu City
Check airline companies operating flights from Cebu to Cagayan de Oro City
Follow the steps to getting to Iligan City via Lumbia Airport Cagayan de Oro City
2] Ferries from Cebu City to Cagayan de Oro City
Travel Time: ~16H
Ferries from Cebu City to Iligan City with Ozamis City stopover
Vessel docks at Ozamis Pier, a wait time of 2H before it travels to Iligan City
Travel Time: ~2H
Vessel docks at Iligan City Pier, at downtown Iligan


JEEPNEYS. Jeepneys are the main transport in Iligan City. Jeepney fare is at 7.50PhP for routes not exceeding 4-5km. Do ask around to help you get the right jeepey route, and sit nearest the driver. Not all jeepney routes have jeepney conductors available. For other jeepney routes that is away from the city proper, fare is at 10-30PhP, depending on distance
TAXI. No metered taxi. Taxi rate starts at 70Php but is as agreed by the taxi driver, and passenger. I HIGHLY discourage this one, most of the time they overcharge the passenger — even locals, how much more the visitors. I “once-in-a-blue moon” take a taxi when in Iligan City, I strongly feel the need for them to regulate their meters.
TRICYCLES / TRIKES. Available ONLY is subdivisions, and in neighborhoods, and rates start at 5PhP. Though even if it is against regulations, by night time you can see them on the main streets, and highways — these can charge 10-30PhP Pax depending on distance.
HABAL – HABAL. ONLY available for remote areas. Though by night time you can see them on the main streets, and highways — these can charge starting at 20PhP Pax depending on distance.
TARTANILYA. Iliganons still use tartanilya, or horse-drawn carriage for local transport. You can see them at the Pala-o Market with only ONE route. They are not allowed to wander off at any part of the city, so please do not force it upon the carers. They charge at 5PhP Pax.


+ Unfortunately, the bus terminals does not have any visible tourism information to help you with your visit, give you a map, or help you with directions when you load off of the Bus Terminal. You need to visit or contact the Tourism Office of Iligan City for that.
+ Should you take the taxi heading for the city proper, never fix a price of more than 100PhP. It should only be roughly 70-100PhP. The route is only about 4-5km. Or ask that they turn on their meter —- and ALWAYS ask if they issue a receipt. If they say they can’t because they do not have it, or for any other reasons, WALK AWAY. It’s not that they are bad drivers, just hopeful that they can straightened their act like the taxi services in other cities.

+ The Trikes, and Habal-Habal are regulated to only carry passengers to specific parts of the city. There will be stop overs to check proper licensing, and documents from the drivers. Always ask the driver if he is allowed to take the route, or the destinations you are heading to.
+ Iligan City has, still, a small town feel to it. you can ask the locals to help you go around the place. Better yet, call the Tourism Office to help you plan your trip.

You might like to read more of ILIGAN CITY posts.

ILIGAN CITY | Petronas Running Forward Fun Run

Petronas Energy Phil. Inc. together with Iligan Sports Commission
and Iligan City Road Runners Asso.
 Invites everyone  to the PETRONAS Running Forward: Sixteen Years Fun Run.
In celebration of Petronas 16th Anniversary, they host their first fun run and invites everyone who are physically fit to participate in the event on June 20, 20011.
3 Distance-Divisions and Registration Fee:
3K (Kiddie) = 50Php
3K  (Adult)  = 50Php
5K  (Adult)  = 75Php
Only the first 500 registered participants will be entitled to a free singlet.
Do register early to grab your free singlet and race bib.
Petronas also invites the professional and/or amateur photographers
to take their best shots during this event.
Registration is at 300Php, and a line of prizes that awaits you.
So what are you waiting for? Register ahead and we will see each other at 
Petronas Running Forward Fun Run.

Official Registration Form: HERE
Rules and Regulations: HERE
Race Map: HERE

ILIGAN CITY | Night Market: STALL 65

February 4, 2011, Iliganons had witnessed the opening of Iligan City Weekend Night Market. A total 105 stalls are allocated to lucky stall owners of small or large businesses, new or old entrepreneurs to set out their products on the streets of Iligan City when the night falls every Fridays and Saturdays of the week from 6:30 PM – 2AM.

It was my luck to be a part of one of the ventures in this Night Cafe. 

Stall 65; Weekend Night Market: Cafe
These stalls serves food products from meals, snacks, and drinks — and we’re a part of it. STALL 65, a group of first time entrepreneurs opened together with a few stalls on the first week of operation for the night cafe. Serving Roasted Pig/Pork (Lechonn Baboy), Pork Sisig, Kilawin, Halang-Halang, Pork/Chicken Barbeque, and Liempo.
Stall 65 also accepts catering service for all occasions. Just LIKE the official Night Cafe: Stall 65 Facebook Fanpage and read the details on it.

Stall 65 Crew in Sunshine Yellow
You won’t miss Stall 65 with the Sunshine Yellow Crew of young nurse entrepreneurs. See you on one of the weekend evening at Stall 65.

Weekend Night Market:Cafe
Public Plaza, Iligan City
Facebook Fanpage: Edi’s Creation, and Catering Services
Contact #: 0916-232-9600


Always ask for availability of KILAWIN and SPICY LECHON! It’s not always on the menu but try getting there every Fridays to get a taste of Baboy Sulop Kilawin from this Stall. And ofcourse, the Sisig is a constant —- crowd favorite!

****For Tourist, how to get to Iligan City —. READ THIS: Iligan City
**** To the Weekend Night Market: Cafe:
1. If you’re within the city proper, you can always walk with your family and friends to the City Public Plaza
2. Taxi for 60-80Php
…ask the driver to get you to Public Plaza…

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. 
The great affair is to move.”Robert Louis Stevenson

ILIGAN CITY | Tinago Falls

One must-stop-over is one of its pride — the Tinago Falls. The site for Star Cinema’s Forever & A Day movie by KC Conception & Sam Mibly. No, it wasn’t Ma. Cristina Falls but this other beauty. It is 13.8km away from the city proper and is accessible through two points, Brgy. Buruun, Iligan City and its neighboring municipality the Linamon, Lanao Del Norte. Tinago is the local word for hidden, being hidden in a deep ravine. Tinago Falls used to have a resort, mini zoo, playground and vast developed land area for a vacation one would truly enjoy with the family. Unfortunately, the resort has closed down and what is now left is a rundown buildings and cottages structures.

But Tinago Falls is still accessible and open for the public through the old resorts property. You can ask any locals for directions and even be accompanied through overgrown grasses and bushes of the old resorts to the makeshift entrance area for an agreed price or for free!

Height drop of 73.152 m (240.0 ft)
It’s a 5-10minutes walk through the property and, trust me when I say that you MUST, call a 5-10minute break, before descending down the stair. Trekking down through the side of the mountain requires an approximate of 500 descending steps called the winding staircase. I actually counted them, my count was 425 steps. Unless I missed or counted 1 for two or three. It is worth every sweat drop you’ll have as the falls just simply takes your breath away. 

A required life vest can be rented for fixed price, coming in a colorful hot pink, bright orange and green colors.  You must bring with you your own provisions, there won’t be any stores that may sell anything that you might need. So if you’re planning for a meal, pack one, and pack a good amount of it to satisfy you and your company. When down in the ravine, the signal for cellular connection is weak, from Globe, Smart, Suncellular, and their partner networks. So do make your calls or send texts messages to important people that you may be out of reach for a couple of hours. Pack you cameras with waterproof cases and tripods. The view will definitely take your already breathless breath away.

+Swim across the water basin to a small cave at the side of the falls. In good weather condition, the current is not strong. But for safety purposes have a couple of strong swimmers with you if you do so.
+Hop on the bamboo raft for a fixed price to get you near the waterfalls, and have someone with good zoom in lenses to take the pictures of you for printed memories.

+Always observe courtesy all the time, to locals and to what locals believe.
+If you brought a lot of food with you to consume, share it to the ones who watches over the property. There is this guy and some kids who stay there and make a living keeping you safe. 

How To Get To Iligan City:
—-Read: Iligan City, Philippines


*****Fares may change depending on approved rates
Post Date: June 2011; Updated: March 2014
From Iligan City Proper to Tinago Falls:
A.] 1] Public Jeepney: Brgy. Buru-un Line
Fare: ~15Php/person one way
2] Take the Habal-Habal/
Fare: 35Php/person one way
B.] Public Utility Vehicles: Taxi (Fare: 250-350Php, from city proper to the highway or to the Tinago Falls Resorts, depending on agreed fare with the driver. It will be very costly.)


*****Fees may change depending on approved rates
Regular: None.
Life Jacket Rental (required): 25Php
Cottages/Tables: 50Php
Bamboo Raft Ride Fee:

You might also like to check out the rest of the ILIGAN WATERFALL SERIES posts:
Ma. Cristina Falls    Tinago Falls       Limunsudan Falls
Mimbalot Falls         Hindang Falls    Kalubihon Falls

Dodiongan Falls       Pampam Falls   Dalipuga Falls

People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination,
the kind of people they ignore at home.” – Dagobert D. Runes

ILIGAN CITY | Ma. Cristina Falls

Ma. Cristina Falls of Iligan City is a waterfall of the Agus River and is often called the twin falls with a rock separating the flow at the brink of the waterfall. It is what most people equate with Iligan City being a majestic landmark of Iligan City. It is located 9.3 kilometers away southwest of the city proper at the boundaries of Brgys. Ditucalan, and Buru-un. Well-known for its magnificent beauty , the 98 meters/320 water drop for a waterfall is one sight, and it’s existence you will definitely remember.
It powers the Agus VI Hydroelectric Plant when it was commissioned last May 31, 1953 and is operated by the National Power Corporation. It is available for viewing at the viewing deck and a must-stop-over when visiting Iligan City. You can visit it at NPC Natures Park, and the Ma. Cristina Falls is the highlight of the many surprises this nature park has in store for you.


*Fares may change depending on approved rates
*Updated: November 2014

National Power Corporation Nature’s Park is located within the Agus 6/7 HEP Complex
Tourism Triangle Boundary, Ma. Cristina, Buru-un, Iligan City

Coordinates: 8°11’3″N 124°11’58″E

How To Get To Iligan City
Please read: Knowing Iligan City & How To Get There Directions

Iligan City Proper to Ma. Cristina Falls/ NPC Natures Park:
1] Public Jeepney: Buru-un Line
    Fare: 10 – 15 Php
    — Jeepney line can be located at Corner Roxas Ave. – Arenata St. or after the third block south bound  from Crown Paper & Stationer, fronting Jollibee Aguinaldo/ Main. Check map here.
    — Ask the driver to drop you off the NPC, or Agus. You wont miss it, it’s right after the Buru-un Bridge which is currently orange in colour.
    — Walk a few 15-20m to the the main entrance.
 2] Public Utility Vehicles: Taxi (depending on agreed fare with the driver)

*Fees may change depending on approved rates
Entrance Fees: Regular: 35Php
                       Student/ Senior Citizen: 20Php
NOTE: For those backpackers or those without private vehicles, a coaster is provided for you and your party at 10PhP pax, minimun of 5 Pax. It may take awhile to wait for it though, since they only have one coaster to serve everyone.

You might also like to check out the rest of the ILIGAN WATERFALL SERIES posts:
Ma. Cristina Falls    Tinago Falls        Limunsudan Falls
Mimbalot Falls         Hindang Falls     Kalubihon Falls


“To awaken quite alone in a strange town
 is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.” 

ILIGAN CITY | A Successful PhilHealth Run: One Run for Health

I heard about a run through Facebook updates by Barbex Films
to carry on the campaign to fight against violence to women and children.
 (Watch Video Here: V1V2V3)
And as soon as a friend came up to offer a registration form,
I took on a chance to register early.
The poster was pink! and looked great!! And it hit me that it was for a cause!!!
I had to register ahead that way I can psyche myself. *Whoooo*
The PhilHealth Run was an event for a cause — for health
 and for abused women and children.
A part of the registration fee will serve aid in health insurance
 for 17 beneficiaries from the Mc Auley Sisters of Mercy – a center for abused women & children. 
Philhealth, a national health insurance, together with One 92 Organization,
a group of  Secondary Education Batch 92 from different schools of Iligan City, 
moved as one to organize and mobilize this run with rest of the sponsors.
There were three categories to run in: 3K Kiddie, 3K, 5K, and 10K.
I, having done previous run on 5K, took 5K hoping to have a shorter time finish.

After the run, everyone was at the Rizal Plaza to for the raffle draws 
and giving away of freebies.
Other activities were Philhealth Run photo contest, hand painting
 and photo taking at the Advocacy wall.
They set up stalls with food and beverage after the run. 
Loads up carbo, perks us up, and keep our bodies healthy and tummies happy.
 The freebies was great. Aside from the wrist baller we got along side our singlet and running bibs, we got to take home Enervon Prime, Enervon and Conzace Multivitamins, and Summit Mineral Water. And for the kiddies, they got Growee Multivitamins with water tumbler, alcohol in spray canister, and child friendly medications.
My praises goes to the organization of the event and the sponsors of this event. You thought of strategic areas to put up medic assistance and  water stations — hands up to Red Cross, traffic enforcers, and water stations people. Thanks for keeping us safe, and hydrated. Philhealth and One 92, Iligan City Gov’t and officials, the institutions, organizations, and business establishments had done a super great job!
We got to run, helped along the way, had loads of fun. 
Congratulations to the organizers and the participants of Philhealth Run!
Kudos to everyone!
Photo Credits to Kayex V
Similar article at a CoFFee SToRY To TeLL
Related article by same author: HERE

ILIGAN CITY | A Spiritual Trip at Benedectine Monastery of St. Anne

Not many knows of a Benedictine Monastery of Saint Anne in a very secluded part of Sta. Felomina, Iligan City. I have been lucky to have visited this spiritual place twice early this year. Their main house is the first of the many infrastructures that is planned to be built on this large untouched and far-from-the-busy-city-streets land.
The Benedictine Monastery of Saint Anne has a new monastery overlooking Iligan City at one side and the Iligan Bay on the other. Just beyond the road bend on the way to the Ma. Cristina Gardens, Sta. Felomina, is a not so used road that brings you to this quiet place of the nuns.
On the main house is a chapel where the nuns say their prayers and where masses are also held. Everyone is welcome to visit and hear the word of God through the nuns who are willing to share it to you. In our little time of visit, the mother superior of the house has shared time and wisdom to us. The monastery also has a shelf full of handmade rosaries and and little momentos to get you by — for yourself or a gift to someone.
My first visit was with John Rulith, April, Kino, M’am Evelyn, and Ate Jeddy and Kuya Jason who brought us there. We waited on the main house steps for nearly two hours since we got there after lunch, which was the siesta and afternoon prayer time for the nuns.
My second visit was still with Ate Jeddy, Kuya Jason, and M’am Evelyn, together with Ate Aileen, Coco, Baby Alana, and Iven. The sisters were glad to see us back and even remembered our names.
The landscape is full of flowers and vegetation, as the nuns tend to the gardens for aesthetic and consumption purposes. If you have time, or in need for a spiritual guidance and enlightenment, visit this quite and far-from-civilization monastery — one can enjoy the scenery, reflect on life, and bask on wisdom from the nuns.
+ Study the map (HERE) of the place! Not many houses are found there for you to ask directions, it’s better to be equipped than sorry.
+ Drive to this place. Rent a car (Iligan City Yellow Pages) or have someone take you there. There aren’t any public utility vehicles to take you near or within walking distance to it.
+ Bring something for the nuns. It’s a hostess job to keep her guest happy — but these aren’t ordinary hostesses. Bring some food so that they don’t have to bother prepping something for you.
+ Come at around 9-10AM, right after lunch, or 3-5PM. that way they may have finished with the morning prayers, seista and afternoon prayers.
+ Check out the landscaping. It is far from finished yet. But the nuns have been busy tending the landscape with flowers and vegetation.
+ Observe proper decorum, this is a place of divinity and worship. We appropriate clothing and fight the urge to laugh or talk too loud.

How to Get There: 
A. How to get to Iligan City: Read: HERE
B. From City Proper to Sta. Felomina:
1. Take a Public Jeepney (Fare= 7.50Php)
2. Ask the driver to drop you off at Ma. Cristina Gardens/ Pryce Gardens
3. At the stop, look for Habal-Habal, ask to be taken at Benedectine Monastery or just tell them the monastery/house of the St. Anne nuns. Study the map first that way you can tell the the directions.
Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca

Currency Conversion and Travelling

When you’re planning to go on a travel, it *i will never tire in saying this* pays to plan ahead. Getting that plane ticket and packing up those backpacks are not enough. You also have to scout around for accommodations, possible food haven, and tourist or backpackers friendly area in the country you’re visiting — in the web. That way, you can anticipate the expenses you will be having during and for the entire trip. Think: BUDGET!

This is where you might need an extra detail on current currency conversions.

Read that again: CURRENT currency conversions.

Since the market fluctuates day by day, it’s best to check the currency conversion and get updated with any significant changes. Such change may be the only reason why the long awaited trip might get cancelled.

I came upon this site: – The Currency Converter that is updated and super helpful when you’re looking for currency conversion sites. This site is easy to navigate and it lists all countries and it’s currencies conversion in one single entry. You can input an amount and have it converted to the corresponding amount of the currency of the country you’re eyeing up for a travel for and the rest of the countries listed.

Try this one up. You’ll find this helpful and easy to use.

Have a safe and happy travel you guys..^^

Project Visa

I was searching for information regarding a specific country and it’s travel requirements — VISA. So I came upon this link, which is easy to navigate and direct to the point — the Project Visa.

The home page has a Visa and Embassy Information. All you need to do is to fill up the details with it’s drop down menu. Placing you cursor to an area, by continent, will lead you to a mapped out area, of which you can choose from which countries you may need visa information for.

I hope you find helpful. It sure made my info search a lot easier.

Before any travelling begins — it pays to plan ahead.^^
Have a safe and happy travel you guys..^^

ILIGAN CITY | Pinoy Big Brother S4 Auditions at ILIGAN CITY!

Iligan City, Philippines is one of the venues for auditions for ABS-CBN Pinoy Big Brother Season 4!!!

Yes, Pinoy Big Brother Fans and reality show fanatics, PBB will have auditions in Iligan City for Northern Mindanao Pinoys.

 If you fit the age range of 18 to 35 years old, with a character and personality Pilipinas and Pinoys all over the world will surely love to follow in the PBB reality show — then you have a chance to be chosen as one of Kuya’s housemates.

 As far as Surigao, Bukidnon, Pagadian, Dipolog, Marawi and the neighboring cities and municipalities of Iligan City Pinoys are invited to audition.

Iligan City has welcomed ABS-CBN to hold this audition on JUNE 10, 2011.
The audition will be done at the St. Michael’s College Auditorium (Main Campus), Quezon Ave., Iligan City (Map Here).

The roads within and near the vicinity will be blocked and closed, the night before at around 9P.M. The audition will start and gates will be open at 6 A.M. and will close until everyone lining up for their audition has been seen, interviewed, and screened.

The Iligan City Gov’t has entertainment and other activities in store for everyone.
It’s going to be a long wait in the lines but with your friends
and the excitement within you bubbling up,
it’ll  be worth every second of the wait.

 So pack up your bags, call up you friends, get yourselves to Iligan City and don’t miss out on a chance to becoming Pinoy Big Brother’s S4 housemate.


Iligan City Pinoy Big Brother S4 Audition
Audition Age Range:      18-35 years old
Audition Venue:               St. Michael’s College Audtiorium (Main Campus)
                                                Quezon Ave. Iligan City
                                                (Infront of St. Michael’s Cathedral)
Audition Date:                  June 10, 2011
Audition Time :                Starts at 6 A.M.


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Packing Up: Travel Light

Packing up for a month or a weekend getaway used to be a skill.  These days, it’s a necessity. One not only has to work the magics and impress other travelers with packing. But one has to do it to survive the now growing travel fees airline now imposed to their clients. Since travelling has become increasing complex, it is best to travel light to avoid unnecessary delays.
GET A SMALL BAG. The bag should be easy to carry, either a backpack or a shoulder bag, and is lightweight. A backpack or shoulder bag has it’s pros and cons. In whatever the circumstance of your travel bear in mind that your bag should not hinder you or make travelling difficult for you. Getting a smaller bag capacity will discourage over-packing — which, sometimes, is subconsciously done.

CHECK CLIMATE CONDITION. Check the weather report before your scheduled travel. If you have friends in the area or any contacts within your social networks sites — ask them what the weather is like. This will help you decide on the clothing you can bring or might need.
PLAN YOUR WARDROBE. Your wardrobe should be planned before you set out foot of your house and it SHOULD be MULTI-FUNCTIONAL that can be worn more than once. It should match with everything else. Stick with a get-up concept. It doesn’t have to be monochromatic. Bring the “basics” of a wardrobe. A skirt, pair of pants/trousers, shirts/blouses to match, jackets/blazers, and the likes. Mix and match them before packing them up. It will save you time on your travel when you need a outfit change — since every wardrobe piece matches everything else.
BRING THE APPROPRIATE CLOTHES. Keep in mind the itinerary for your trip. Always pack a decently covered clothing for religious sites, swimwear for beaches, lake, or likes destinations, or a formal dress for an evening out in fine dining.
EXPECT TO DO LAUNDRY. To get through the first 2-3 days without doing laundry — you should bring enough clean clothes. After that, you have to do laundry. If you’re planning to do laundry on your trip, bring enough laundry detergent carefully wrapped in zip lock bags. This is also applicable for clothing — so it’s best to bring for lightweight clothing that is easy to wash and dries up quickly in the absence of a washing machine and drier.
PACKING A MINI TOILETRIES. If you’re a constant traveler or slowly becoming like one. You should have or get one of those handy toiletry bags. Make sure it has with extra compartments for you to separate the liquid/gel items for the dry ones. If you’re flying, your liquid/gel toiletries must fit into a 1 quart/liter zip lock bags and not one of them must be over 3 ounces.
PACK SMART. If you must carry valuables, place them in a bag closest to your body. Never place valuables in the bags that are handled and tossed around. Your tech stuffs are better off on your pack bags and not on your wheeled bags that are checked in on the plane.
+ Find out from your airline for any luggage weight limits for carry on or checked luggage.
+ Make a packing list for every travel.
+ Do not bring the whole house. Some travels are purely to get you out of your routine comfort zones. So don’t pack the “want” items and mentally psyche yourself to just carry the “need” items only.
+ Keep in mind that “Most people use only half of the clothes that they packed”, bring only the essentials!
+ Wear your heaviest clothing like jeans, jackets, running shoes, or sweaters to save space.
+ Pack your undergarments on a small separate bag. That way when your bags are checked your undies don’t go flying out.
+ Also pack up on extra zip lock bags for just the “in case” circumstances.
+ Invest on water and shock proof bags for your laptops, cameras, and other gadgets. But if you can get along without a these gadgets for the whole travel, then don’t bring them.


“Traveling is a brutality. 
It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar 
comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance.
 Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky –
 all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” – Cesare Pavese

FOOD | Missy BonBon Delight

After hours with my mom at the mall, I had to call a time out. A bit tired from all the walking around, and carrying the bags for the both of us — a tiring day that waved the calories goodbye. I called for a break and headed for Missy BonBon! Good thing there was enough tinapay (bread, and pastries) there for my mom, while I jumped for joy in comforts inside head (so people will not think I’m a child trapped inside an adults’ body — LOL!) with all the variety of gelato to choose from!

Hello there calories, I thought I lost you —- we meet again! Missy Bonbon has opened a branch at Ket Kai Mall at Cagayan de Oro. It has pretty fast WiFi connection, and usually my tambayan (hang-out) place when I need some break time from my mother’s super shopping powers.

ILIGAN CITY | One Run For Health

We ‘re invited to Run/Walk with for the Cause of providing 5 years health insurance for 
17 beneficiaries from the Mc Auley Sisters of Mercy – a center for abused women and children.
Registration fees at:
P200 for 3Km Kiddie Run (12yo and below) & 3Km,
P250 for 5Km run
and P350 for 10Km run

June 11, 2011, Saturday

This will be the kick-off event of the Local Government
for the triple Linggo Ng Iligan celebrations for Araw ng Iligan,
National Flag Day and Independence Day.

Registration Sites are ALL Dunkin Donuts outlets in Iligan City and the PhilHealth Office.

Be counted!