Maria Cristina Falls

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Maria Cristina Falls
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Maria Cristina Falls is the site of NAPOCOR's hydroelectric project that generates 70% of Mindanao's electricity
Location Philippines Iligan City, Mindanao, Philippines
Type Plunge
Total height 98 m (321.5 ft)
Number of drops 2
Longest drop 98 m (321.5 ft)
Average
flow rate
130 m³ (4,590.91 ft³)

Maria Cristina Falls is a waterfall of the Agus River on the island of Mindanao. It is sometimes called the "twin falls" as the flow is separated by a rock at the brink of the waterfall.[1] It is a landmark of Iligan City, nicknamed the City of Majestic Waterfalls, because of the presence of more than 20 waterfalls in the city.[2] It is located 9.3 kilometers away southwest of the city proper at the boundaries of Barangays Maria Cristina, Ditucalan, and Buru-un.[2] Well known for its natural beauty and grandeur, the 320 - feet (98 meters) high waterfall[3] is also the primary source of electric power for the city's industries, being harnessed by the Agus VI Hydroelectric Plant.[4]

Agus VI hydroelectric plant[edit]

Maria Cristina Falls powers the Agus VI Hydroelectric Plant, one of the several hydroelectric plants that harness Agus River. The power plant has a 200 MW potential capacity[4] supplied by a water flow of about 130 cubic meters per second.[2]

Agus VI is operated by the National Power Corporation and was commissioned on May 31, 1953.[5] Under President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's Mindanao Super Region development plan, the Agus VI is planned to undergo a 1.856-billion-peso upgrading project.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Iligan City - The City of Waterfalls". Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  2. ^ a b c Official Website of the Iligan City Government - Scenic Spots
  3. ^ "Maria Christina Falls". World Waterfall Database. 2004. Retrieved 2008-04-04. 
  4. ^ a b Philippine Government tourism page on Iligan City
  5. ^ NAPOCOR Power Generation Plants in Mindanao - National Statistical Coordination Board
  6. ^ Rebultan, Babes J. "Super-Region projects in Normin underway" Philippine Information Agency. 2008-02-28. Retrieved on 2008-04-04.

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Coordinates: 8°11′0″N 124°11′40″E / 8.18333°N 124.19444°E / 8.18333; 124.19444