I was hyped when I learned that IBS will be visiting Limunsudan Falls for the Waterfalling Adventure Tour 3.0. Limunsudan Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in the country and the highest in the City of Majestic Watefalls – Iligan City. The lower tier alone is said to be higher than that of Maria Cristina Falls and to this date, it is the 2nd highest in the country.
Situated at Sitio Limunsudan, Brgy. Rogongon, Iligan City, Limunsudan is a two tiered waterfalls giving off huge amount of water, even bigger than that of Maria Cristina. When developed, it could power the whole Mindanao and could be the answer of Mindanao’s scarcity with electricity. In fact, there are private/government sectors who are eyeing to put up a hydroelectric power plant within the area.
The participants of Waterfalling Adventure 3.0 together with the 14th Mechanized Infantry Battallion left Iligan at 4 AM and traveled for 5 hrs to the community of Sitio Limunsudan, Brgy. Rogongon, Iligan City. We took the alternative route: Iligan – Cagayan de Oro – Talakag – Rogongon since highway connecting Iligan to Talakag is still under construction, however, passing through this route can be done through 3 days trekking into the hinterlands passing several remote barangays of Iligan City. Once the National Highway is completed, transportation would be easier and more opportunities will come between the two provinces.
The journey from Iligan to Talakag was an easy breezy until the concrete road ended. From Talakag onwards, the road is no longer passable by regular vehicle but by only off road vehicles. Hence, the use of habal habal come in handy. It’s a matter of pushing the limit of the butts and taking the driving skills to the next level. A real life motocross adventure begins.
Sitio Limunsudan is inhabited by Higaonon tribe headed by a chieftain and 45 other tribe leaders. The sitio is said to be the last community of Iligan City bordering Talakag, Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro and the neighboring Lanao del Sur. This area is the last frontier that if not only for the bravery of Higaonon tribe and their forefather years ago, the Sitio would have been dominated and taken over by the other two provinces and their lumads.
Higaonon tribe live in a very simple life. People are living in basic bahay kubo. They have small community center and a school. They plant their own food and run their own community. During the ritual, the chieftain got so overwhelmed that he voiced out his concerns: transportation, health services, decent electricity and additional help from the government to elevate their means of livelihood. There is a big potential of this part of Iligan that if it will only maximize it well, it could be a good source of income that can benefit not only in Brgy. Rogongon but in the entire city of Iligan as well.
How to Get to Limunsudan Falls:
From Pinay Travelista
1. Iligan City – Cagayan de Oro
85PhP – bus (one way) 2H
2. Bulua Terminal, CDO – Cogon Market
12PhP – Jeepney (one way) 15- 20mins
3. CDO – Talakag, Bukidnon
65 PhP – Jeepney (one way) 30 -45 mins
4. Talakag – Mamaon, Bukidnon
350PhP – Habal – Habal (one way) 45mins – 1 H
5. Mamaon, Bukidnon – Sitio Limunsudan, Brgy. Rogongon, Iligan City
350 PhP – Habal – Habal 30 – 45 mins
Break for ritual, please prepare loose change for offering.
6. Sitio Limunsudan, Brgy. Rogongon, Iligan City – Limunsudan Falls Jump off trek
50PhP – Habal – Habal 15 – 20 mins.
7. Limunsudan Falls Jump off trek – Limunsudan Falls high viewpoint
20-30 mins trek
Limunsudan Falls Jump off trek – Limunsudan Falls bottom viewpoint
10 – 15 mins + 3 H
When visiting Limunsudan, it is necessary to pay respect to the tribe leaders and offer a ritual with two live chickens and some coins. It is said that, these are for protection and a good luck for the visitors while visiting the area. Hopefully, next time, I wish to visit and camp at the basin and river bed of Limunsudan Falls.