Our vacation in Mindanao was never predicted to be that adventurous and full of first time moments. On the final day of our trip the last destinations we visited were the Divine Mercy Shrine in El Salavador City and the most beautiful waterfalls in the Philippines, Maria Cristina Falls in Iligan City.
Our side trip to these last two destinations were unplanned likewise not part of our itinerary. Its our driver (Kuya Adonis) who suggested that we can still use our morning free time by going to Iligan City and then back to CDO in the afternoon to catch our flight. We left the hotel 6am and with roughly 45 minutes of travel we were already in the Divine Mercy Shrine. The vicinity was open to visitors already but the Shrine's gates were still closed so going up the platform was not possible.
At the back of the shrine there is an area designated for praying. We stayed for a while and said our prayers to God. We then went to the Holy Water Station where anyone is allowed to drink and fill up their empty bottles. It is also a must to say prayers first before drinking the holy water from the faucet.
|Praying Area Bulletin Board|
We left Divine Mercy Shrine and continued going to Iligan City. With roughly 2 hrs of journey we reached National Power Corporation where Maria Cristina Falls is situated. There is no entrance fee to enter the park but the group must have a valid identification then all can go in. The water gates were not yet fully opened the time we visited the falls that's why the falls doesn't look mighty. Yet, even if this is the case, and even if we're hundred feets away, we can still feel some mist on our faces.
|Flowing water from the waterfalls|
|Inside the Maria Cristina Power Plant|
While we were still in Iligan we dropped by at Cheding to buy our pasalubong. Different sweet products and special vinegars are being sold by the shop. The special product of Cheding are the peanuts so don't forget to buy one.
We still made our final round of shopping in Cagayan De Oro before we went to the airport. Of course, what else to buy? PASTEL! Though it was Camiguin's specialty, we bought several boxes in CDO due to its short expiration dates. Writing this words now makes me miss the taste of Pastel...
My stay in Mindanao marked the most number of provinces and destinations I've visited in a week. This vacation will always remind me of my extreme activities and the wondrous waterfalls that awestricken me.
Our Driver: 09272360022 (Kuya Adonis)
Until the next destination,
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