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Sunday, January 13, 2019

New Iligan-Bukidnon Road Opens Closer Access to Limunsudan Falls

With the opening of the new Iligan-Bukidnon Road (Sta. Felomina-Rogongon Section) that cuts travel time from Iligan to Bukidnon, it is now easy to visit the Limunsudan Falls in Iligan, Lanao Del Norte or known as Mindamora Falls in Talakag, Bukidnon.

Photo by: Edward Engracia Lazatin via
It is considered and claimed as the highest waterfall in the Philippines, being a two-tiered waterfall situated in Sitio Limunsudan, Brgy. Rogongon, Iligan City, but Talakag, Bukidnon somehow claimed that the majestic waterfall is located on their area of responsibility, hence, calling it as Mindamora Falls also known as Bayug Falls and claimed to be located at Lantud, Talakag Bukidnon.

Anyway, whichever place it is located, the majestic (tallest?) waterfall in the Philippines is now easy to access, unlike before where the area is inaccessible, lack of information and the danger of having to confront with rebels around the area, the falls is somehow very hard to reach.

Photo by: DPWH-10
With the opening of the new Iligan-Bukidnon road via the Sta. Felomina-Rogongon Section, the road didn't only open a shortcut travel from Iligan to Bukidnon but it also opens an opportunity for adventurers to easily explore the beauty of Limunsudan Falls/Mindamora Falls.

Here's a youtube video (taken last year) by my Vlogger friends Renz together with Julius, as they traversed the area from Talakag as it is the closes to the waterfalls rather than starting from Iligan, because there were no proper road system going to the waterfall as of that time, and according to Renz, some local authorities can't pledge and assure a safe trek to the area as it is said that separatist group are still roaming and present in the surrounding locations.

Here's the video, check it out and see how they struggled to reach the majestic waterfalls:

But now that the new road system from Iligan and Bukidnon comes to its final stage, the access to Limunsudan Falls also gets closer. Now, it would only take you few minutes to trek to the viewpoint area as the Sta. Felomina-Rogongon road access passes by the trekking area to the waterfall viewpoint.

But there's still no proper road access going down, to get a closer look at the waterfall because it would take you 1 to 2 hours trek.

But the waterfall is so beautiful to gaze at from a far. So, if you are not ready for some trekking, you can still enjoy the falls from the viewpoint area. As of today, if someone wants to visit the area, they still suggest that it would be better to hire local guides.

Additional Updates:

Lynlyn Elaco Salmo, commented that she, together with her family visited the place the other day and they didn't have any hard time getting to the place, because the roads are already concrete. The only uncemented road is from the main road going to the waterfall's viewing area.

She also iterates that there are members of the Philippine Armies in the area, that is why they feel secured while they visited the area and enjoyed the cold water downstream.

Here are the few photos she sent to us, with permission to be posted here:

Note: It is hard and not advisable to swim near the waterfall's base because it has a tremendous power near the base, so most visitors are enjoying the cold water downstream.

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