LANAO DEL NORTE | Iligan’s Angel-Winged Dodiongan Falls

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Iligan City's Dodiongan Falls

The thundering drum beats and blaring horns of Diyandi Festival were still ringing in my ears as we hiked through a grassy trail to another of Iligan City’s many waterfalls. It was the third day of the Waterfalling Adventure Tour 1.0 and we’re visiting waterfall number four; the Dodiongan Falls in barangay Digkilaan.

The Hike to Iligan City's Dodiongan FallsThe trail to Dodiongan Falls is pretty easy to negotiate; there were no steep hills to trek and no rocky boulders to climb and hop through. The only problem we faced, or at least the members of the group who were wearing trekking shoes, were the numerous river crossings we have to traverse.

The Hike to Iligan City's Dodiongan FallsThe water’s not really that deep; most don’t even reach our knees. The problem though is we have to take off our shoes every time we have to cross the stream that runs from the Dodiongan’s basin. Being the lazy person that I am, I forewent the arduous task of removing my shoes and putting them on again, I simply waded through, wet socks and all.

Panorama of Iligan City's Dodiongan FallsAbout thirty minutes through the hike, we at last heard the hint of rushing waters that signifies the proximity of Dodiongan Falls. A few more steps and we finally saw the twin drop of the waterfall.

The waterfall rises to a height of 65.5 feet. Not as impressive in terms of height to Maria Cristina and Tinago Falls, but what it lacks in height, it makes up in its very unique features.
Lush Vegetation at Iligan City's Dodiongan FallsThe twin drops of Dodiongan Falls cascades through an eerie-looking limestone formation. Something I haven’t seen in a waterfall, ever. Classified as a chute-type waterfall, it looks really impressive even with its bottom right face broken off after typhoon Sendong swept through the area in 2011. Some dub it as the angel-winged falls, for its rock face resemble two folded wings.

At Iligan City's Dodiongan FallsThere were hardly any people around during our visit; maybe due to the fact that it was the culmination of the Diyandi Festival that day or most are just turned off by the long hike to the falls.

After taking a few photos, I hurriedly stripped off and took a dip at the 10-foot deep blue-green basin of Dodiongan Falls. Resistance is futile; no one can refuse to give in to the temptation of swimming through its emerald waters.

Iligan City Location Map

Dodiongan Falls
Address:  Brgy. Digkilaan, Iligan City, Lanao del Norte 
Entrance Fee: None 
Trek Time: 20 to 30 minutes, Easy Level

GPS Coordinates: +8° 16' 20.53", +124° 18' 48.77"
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  1. Isa itong napaka gandang falls... isa sa mga hinahanap ko bawat destinasyon ko ay ang mga waterfalls...

  2. 3 years ago it's still blue-green... yesterday, it's brown and there were lots of trashes in the area. It's so sad that people didnt protect it. :(

    1. Aww that's sad to hear. Hopefully, they put a measure for locals to protect Dodiongan Falls from tourists visiting the waterfalls