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Lanao Del Norte: Maria Cristina Falls

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One of the most popular waterfalls in the Philippines is Maria Cristina Falls . The falls is located in Iligan City in the province of Lanao Del Norte.  The falls is popular because of its "Twin Falls". It is due to the fact that the falling water is divided into two because of the huge rock at the mouth of the drop. However, because the falls is used by Agus VI Hydroelectric plant, the flow of water is usually controlled. That's why most of the time the famous "twin falls" has water only dropping only on one side. The famous twin falls picture courtesy of www.bubblews.com Welcome!!! Maria Cristina Falls has a 321.5-foot drop with an average flow rate of 130 cubic meters per second. A very ideal source of electric power. In fact, the falls supply 705 of Mindanao's electricity -that's more than 1 million households. Paying at the entrance of the falls Maria Cristina Falls is inside Nature's Park The falls make a n

Ilocos Sur: Vigan Cathedral

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Found in the capital city of Ilocos Sur, Vigan Cathedral was built in 1574.  The church is also known as St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral. Like most big churches in the region, one might notice that the bell tower is always placed meters away from the church to protect both structures from falling to each other during earthquakes. The statue of St. Paul and his horse This architectural design is often referred to as the earthquake Baroque-style, which is typical to most churches built in the 16th century. The cathedral also features a Neo-Gothic and pseudo-Romanesque elements. The bell tower Church interior The church altar Somebody might be buried in that "mini-altar"... Or maybe the pillars... The first building was destroyed by an earthquake and then by fire in 1739. the current church was constructed in 1790 and was finished in 1800. Today, Vigan Cathedral is one of those old churches that is usually visited by pilgrims.  Chu

Manila: San Agustin Church

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Located inside the historic walled city of Intramuros in Manila, San Agustin Church was built in 1589 making it the oldest stone church in the Philippines. In 1993, San Agustin Church together with three other Baroque churches in the country was declared as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Check the carvings on the door quite detailed huh? Looking for Chinese influence? Is that a puppy biting its mom? Unknown to many, the present structure is actually the third Augustinian church to be constructed on the site. The first San Agustin Church, built in 1571 was destroyed by fire in 1574 during the raid of the Chinese pirates led by Limahong. The oldest church in the country The second church, also made of wood was constructed soon after but was destroyed in 1583 when it was gutted y fire during the funeral of a Spanish Governor General. Another place worth checking out, Will blog this next time... The third and present church was constru

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