Lanao del Norte Wedding Destination
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 Festival.
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
- Iligan City (independent city)
- Pantao Ragat
- Poona Piagapo
- Sultan Naga Dimaporo (Karomatan)
Famous For ...
It is Iligan City’s major landmark and generates
70% of Mindanao’s electricity.
It is the only historical tourist attraction in the
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
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 in Malacañang.
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.
Location: Brgys. Maria Cristina, Ditucalan, and Buru-un.
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
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
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 name.
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.
Springs (Buru-un 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 in itself.
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.
Falls and Cave
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
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.
Lubi Festival (Coconut 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.
How To Get There?
From Manila, take a flight to Cagayan de Oro City.
From there, there are busses that travel to towns
of Lanao del Norte or Iligan City. Traven from
Cagayan de Oro City to Iligan City is one and
a half hour.
Take a ferry bound for Cagayan de Oro City port
either from Manila or Cebu. Once there, there
are land transportation bound for Lanao del Norte
or Iligan City.