Maria Cristina Falls

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Maria Cristina Falls
The waterfall is the site of NAPOCOR's hydroelectric project that generates 70% of Mindanao's electricity
Maria Cristina Falls is located in Philippines
Maria Cristina Falls
Location within the Philippines
Location Philippines Iligan City, Mindanao, Philippines
Coordinates 8°10′59.38″N 124°11′42.14″E / 8.1831611°N 124.1950389°E / 8.1831611; 124.1950389Coordinates: 8°10′59.38″N 124°11′42.14″E / 8.1831611°N 124.1950389°E / 8.1831611; 124.1950389
Type Plunge
Total height 98 m (321.5 ft)
Number of drops 2
Longest drop 98 m (321.5 ft)
Watercourse Agus River
flow rate
130 m3 (4,600 cu ft)

Maria Cristina Falls is a waterfall of the Agus River on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. 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] Known for its natural 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]


  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 Archived 2007-12-26 at the Wayback Machine.
  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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