LANAO DEL NORTE | Timoga Spring Pool ~ Cooling Down at Iligan City

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Lining the coastal highway of Barangay Buruun in Iligan City are several cold spring resorts. Dubbed as the Timoga Springs, it’s a popular weekend getaway for Iliganons looking for an affordable way to cool down, especially during the hot summer season.

To be exact, there are five cold spring resorts along the Timoga highway; the Maravillas Swimming Pools, Mimay Spring Way Resort, Dela Mar Resort, Timoga Spring Pool, and El Laurentio Swimming Pools. Each one having clean spring waters gushing in varying sizes of natural and artificial pools.

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The largest of these is the Del Mar Resort with its Olympic-sized pool, but the most picturesque is the Timoga Spring Pool. After a quick tour of the nearby Macapagal-Macaraeg Ancestral House, we went with the latter.

Unlike traditional swimming pools, the waters filling the pools of Timoga Springs are free-flowing ones that come all the way from Lake Lanao in Marawi City. Considered as the largest freshwater lake, not only in Mindanao, but the whole Philippines, its high PH, alkaline waters are filtered to Sitio Timoga in Iligan through underground pathways.

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The waters running along the Timoga Spring Pool are super-cold—it can rival even the shiver-inducing catch basin of Tinago Falls. One can only stay for a few minutes at a time before retreating to the numerous open cottages available at the resort.

We brought along packs of chow with us, but that didn’t stop us from buying snacks—like sour mangos with bagoong and crunchy peanuts—from the roaming vendors inside the resort.

We visited the Timoga Springs late in the afternoon and I can’t help but notice the sky change in color from cool blues to warm oranges. I immediately excused myself from my Iliganon friends and sprinted across the street—tripod and camera in hand.

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The coastal area of Timoga in Buruun faces Iligan Bay. Similar to the Iligan City Centennial Park, it also has a good view of the sunset during the afternoons. Only problem was, the waters of the bay is covered mostly by restaurants lining the highway. I had to pass through one, asking nicely, of course, before I gained access to the sea.

Kids were running around, playing on a shallow stretch of the beach far into the horizon as fisher folks untangle and tow in their nets to check the day’s catch. For a few moment, everything was bathed in golden lights. It was magical.

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One of the fisherman approached us—curious to know what we were doing, splashing around the shore of the bay in near darkness with gargantuan cameras in tow. Are you from the media? What show is this gonna be on? He inquired with a broad smile. No sir, I answered, we’re simply enjoying the afternoon colors of your city.


~ THIS TRIP WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE ILIGAN BLOGGERS SOCIETY



Iligan City Location MapTimoga Spring Pool Resort
Address: Sitio Timoga, Brgy. Buruun, Iligan City
Contact Number: (063) 223-6993
Entrance Fee: ₱50.00 | Table & Cottage Fee: ₱60.00 to ₱500.00
Opening Hours: 6:00AM to 10:00PM
GPS Coordinates Map: 8.191261, 124.179791



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16 comments

  1. I love the effect of the waters.

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  2. Is that you on the first photo? I love the long exposure you did on your photos they are stunning.

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  3. mag labing labing lang kanunay! :P

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  4. beautiful photographs as always, christian! ang sweet nung couple sa first photo.

    would include this in our iligan itinerary in march :)

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  5. Upon seeing the all the pics.. ME: WOW. Gusto kong pumunta dito.

    Thank you sir for showing everyone how beautiful our country is! :) God bless you always!
    -Kamille

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  6. It's a must to get here. I wish I could do it this next summer.

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    1. Yup, an essential part of the trip if you're going to Iligan CIty

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  7. Pagkaninduta jud! Way susama!

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  8. I love your blog! I started blogging just 2 months ago...you're so inspiring!

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    1. Thank you Jep, glad my blog inspires people! :)

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