Wanderlust Chronicles

Tinago Falls, Linamon, Lanao del Norte

  1. Last night, as I was browsing the web because of boredom, I came across a website www.pinoyadventurista.com. I’ve heard all about this guy who calls himself Pinoy Adventurista from the news as the guy who has already visited all of the 81 provinces in the country! And, as I heard that, a sudden gust of inspiration struck me! 

    I, Eunice Maye Ruiz, will also travel all the provinces in the country as well before I reach the age of 35!

    As I was thinking of it, I’ve already covered 11 provinces in the country: Aklan, Cebu, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Masbate, Rizal, Laguna, Misamis Occidental (My Home Town) and Misamis Oriental! But, the sad thing is that I didn’t get any proper documentation on my travels to this provinces so I decided to start all over again—starting with Lanao del Norte since I’m residing in Iligan City right now!

    So here it is! This is Tinago Falls located at Linamon, Lanao del Norte.

    How does one get there?

    Well, it’s simple really if you follow these steps:

    1. Ride a jeepney from Iligan City (Buru-un line, 14Php). You can catch this jeepney if you wait for it at Zoey’s Cafe.

    2. As you reach the borderline of Buru-un and Linamon, hire a habal-habal which will take you to Tinago Falls. It’ll cause around 40php per head if you’re going to Tinago and only 30php per head if you’re going back to Linamon from Tinago falls.

    When you reach the entrance to Tinago falls, you’ll be ask to pay an entrance of 50php (inclusive of Life Jacket if you plan to go swimming) and 25php only if you’re only there to go sight seeing. Also, if you’re planning to stay there for a while, you could rent a cottage which is around 150php or more, depending on its size.

    You could also actually go near the falls by riding a raft which will cost you 10php — that is already good for 2 rides back-and-forth from the falls, back to the cottages.

    If you’re ever around Lanao del Norte, be sure to go to Tinago Falls since it’s such a scene to see. It’s most applicable if you go there around 9-10am since there are only a few visitors there. The falls gets a little too crowded around 2pm onwards. Enjoy! :) 

CATAINGAN, MASBATE

Last April, my mom and I decided to visit her hometown, Cataingan, Masbate. And that’s already two provinces to cross off my list! Yaaay!

We stayed in Cataingan for a just 1 day and 1 night and the next morning, went off to Barangay Matayum which is a boat ride away from Cataingan.

It’s such a nice place to take a vacation with its very peaceful ambiance and the clear waters of the beach. 

We were lucky enough to stay at my Ninang’s house which is located right next to the seashore! It was such a plus since Matayum doesn’t have electricity. There was only one store who had a generator where you can charge all your gadgets for a fee. Thank God for solar powered panels installed in my Ninang’s house that we had electricity enough to light the whole house at night. Air conditioning or electric fans were not needed in their house since the sea breeze was already enough! 

How to get to Cataingan?

You can take a bus ride from Cebu City’s North bound terminal to Pulambato(120php). Once you arrive there, you can take a tricycle ride to the port which will cost you around 20php per head. You’ll have to wait until 8pm to board the Roro. It’ll cost you around 375php for Cataingan. The RORO will actually leave the port at 12mn and arrive at Cataingan at 6AM. 

From Cataingan, you can rent a boat which will only cost 10php per head to reach Brgy. Matayum!