Lanao’s origins are steeped in water. “Lanao”, which is derived from the Maranao  word “Ranao”, pertains to a body of water – most likely the Lake Lanao, which lies at the very heart of the provinces of Lanao del Norte and neighboring Lanao del Sur. Marked by eco-cultural, attractions, faith-based destinations, and historical blocks, learn why Lanao del Norte has been dubbed the land of beauty and bounty. 

Maria Cristina Falls. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

A wealth of waterfalls. Iligan City alone has over 20 waterfalls, earning the nickname “City of Majestic Waterfalls”. Among its greatest and most popular cascades are those of the Maria Cristina Falls, also known as Twin Falls because of how its approximately 320-feet-high cascade is split in the middle by a rock formation. Other falls open to tourists include the Tinago Falls, which appears hidden in a deep ravine and Mimbalot Falls, one of the more easily accessible waterfalls in the city.

Traditional Pagana Maranao ceremony. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Stunning Maranao traditions. Among the province’s most notable community get-together is the Pagana Maranao, which is a traditional Maranao feast that fosters peace and unity. The feast is marked by meticulously prepared Maranao food and cultural shows that welcome guests with utmost hospitality.

Dapit Alim in Tubod. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Dapit Alim, which means “healing place”, is a religious sanctuary in Tubod. Founded by Fr. Dong Galenzoga of the Kahigalaan ni Hesus, this peaceful place for worship and reflection features a large sculpture called the Cosmic Christ at its center. It is located on a high vantage point that looks out to Panguil Bay and parts of Tangub City.

Iligan City’s Lechon. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Lechon hubs and festivities. Lanao del Norte’s Iligan City and Baroy municipality are renowned for their mouthwatering lechon (native roast pig). Baroy in particular hosts the annual Baroy Lechonan every 10th of June – a culinary fiesta is marked by a showcase of the 23 different savory interpretations of the pork dish from the different barangays of Baroy which are then displayed at the town plaza for everyone to see and taste.

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