Iligan City Waterfalls – Visiting Limunsudan Falls and Higaonon Tribe

Limunsudan Falls

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.

 

Limunsudan Falls at First View deck
Limunsudan Falls at First View deck
Limunsudan Falls at the second View deck
Limunsudan Falls at the second View deck

Transportation

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.

 

Transportation to Limunsudan Falls
Transportation for Limunsudan Falls
Going to Limunsudan Falls
Going to Limunsudan Falls
Heading to Limunsudan Falls from the community
Heading to Limunsudan Falls from the community
On the way back from Limunsudan Falls
On the way back from Limunsudan Falls. Covered truck to protect us from the rain
On the way back to Iligan City
On the way back to Iligan City
On the way back to Iligan City
On the way back to Iligan City

Sitio Limunsudan

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.

 

WAT3 watching Higaonon Dance
WAT3 watching Higaonon Dance
Higaonon Dance
Higaonon Dance
The Meeting Hall at Sitio Limunsudan
The Meeting Hall at Sitio Limunsudan
The meeting hall after the ritual
The meeting hall after the ritual
The Ritual
The Ritual
Tribe Leaders during the ritual
Tribe Leaders during the ritual
Tribe Leaders during the ritual
Tribe Leaders during the ritual
Limunsudan Falls Ritual
Limunsudan Falls Ritual

 

 

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

 

Final Note:

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.

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7 thoughts on “Iligan City Waterfalls – Visiting Limunsudan Falls and Higaonon Tribe

  1. hi !! ask ko lang if you can recommend someone to guide us for limusudan trek. we are planning to visit the place next month. thanks

    1. Hi Juliene, Unfortunately, I dont have someone to recommend. If you really want to push through with limunsudan, better ot look for the guide on the day of your visit..

  2. CORRECTION; For information, Limunsudan Falls is not part nor located in Barangay Rogognun of Iligan City, but is situated in Sitio Limunsudan, Barangay Bayog, Municipality of Tagoloan II, Province of Lanao del Sur.

    I think Barangay Rogongun is in Iligan City, so how its political boundary tresspassed Barangay Panoroganan of Iligan City? And the people who are now presently residing claiming right over this area, mostly of them are natives from Kalamlamahan of Barangay Rogongun, Iligan City. The real claimant of this area, bounded on the east side (river bank along the east side of this falls) are by heirs of Abungan (represented by Datu Manbiding Abungan) and on the west (opposite site) by heirs of Alamada (represented by Pungguina-guina Minoy M. Alamada, a ntaive Mulsim Maranao Chieftain of Limunsudan-Bayog).

    As I know further, this falls is under the terretorial jurisdiction of the Municipality of Tagoloan II, Province of LAnao del Sur ARMM, Philippines. For reference, see on; http://www.lawphil.net/statutes/presdecs/pd1978/pd_1548_1978.html

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