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Lanao Del Norte: Maria Cristina Falls

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.

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.

Like other famous landmarks in the country, Maria Cristina falls has its own legend. According to local folklore, there were once two sisters named Maria and Cristina who were known for their selfless love for …

Ilocos Sur: Vigan Cathedral

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.
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 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. 
I visited Vigan Cathedral during the Ilocos Road Trip with my wife. What I like about the cathedral is its location. Unlike most old churches in Manila, Vigan Cathedral is almost free from peddlers and pollution. What…

Manila: San Agustin Church

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.

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 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.

The third and present church was constructed in 1586. This time the structure was built from adobe stones quarried from the area of present day Rizal province. Due to the lack of funds and scarcity of stone artisans, the construction dragged on for years. Finally the church was declared complete on …


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