Towering 320 feet high the Maria Cristina Falls is the second highest waterfalls in the Philippines and can be found along the Agus River. The 90% of the water before flowing into the falls is utilized by NPC’s Agus VI Hydro Electric Plant or The Maria Cristina Hydro Electric Plant one of the base load power generator in Mindanao.
Maria Cristina Falls is sometimes called the “twin falls” because the water flow is separated by a rock at the edge of the water fall.
Before going I’ll share to you a Filipino Tale of the Maria Cristina Falls that I have read on the Freeweb, Publish Post here it is:
The Tale: How Maria Cristina Falls got its name
There were two beautiful sisters named Maria (the younger) and Cristina (the elder) living near the falls where Indarapata’s irrigation system is located. They love each other very much to the extent that Maria gave everything she have to Cristina. They also loved their neighbor as they loved themselves.
Since Maria & Cristina are good-looking and attractive maidens, many Datus & Sultans came to ask for their hands in marriage, but the sisters refused. However, there was an unhappy son of a famous Sultan living somewhere nearby Lake Lanao .He couldn't find find the girl that he really loved. He traveled around the lake until he saw the two maidens of the falls. He fell in love with the Maria and Cristina but the two sisters did not know whom he really loved. Days have passed and Maria realized that she loved the son of the sultan very much, which made her very sad and she went to the top of the falls and jumped. When Cristina her sister, found out that Maria was dead, she likewise went to the top of the falls and tossed herself down the deep ravine.
When the handsome young man discovered what happened and found the dead bodies, he buried them carefully under the falls and never married until he also died. He named the falls, Maria Cristina, after the two sisters he loved.
That’s the story it’s up to you to believe it or not!
Note: If you want to visit this majestic tourist destination, make it on weekends because you won’t be seeing water flowing during weekdays, because the hydro plant manually controls the flow of water. Viewing days are scheduled usually on Saturdays and Sundays.