Trekking the caves and waterfalls of Hindang

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 26 Sept) – Ever since I embraced distance running as a hobby, I’ve been exploring, on foot, my hometown’s hinterlands, beautiful mountain landscapes and scenic spots… »

Limestone Gatherers

Maranao residents in the upper parts of Barangay Kiwalan in Iligan City gather limestone by a mountainside Friday morning (11 September 2015). They then manually break these into smaller pieces… »

River Crossing

A farmer couple in Pugaan, Iligan City crosses the river Wednesday morning (9 September 2015) to bring fruits and vegetables to the market. MindaNews photo by Bobby Timonera

Martial Arts Class

Criminology students of the Iligan Medical Center College observe their instructor’s demonstration how to take down an opponent during a martial arts class Wednesday afternoon (2 Sept 2015). MindaNews photo… »


A boy leaps towards the natural lagoon at the foot of Tinago Falls in Iligan City Friday morning (21 Aug 2015). MindaNew sphoto by Bobby Timonera

Long Live Falls

Trekkers struggle to climb down a waterfall in Barangay Dalipuga in Iligan City Thursday (30 July 2015) to take a dip in the crystal clear lagoon below. Locals call this… »

‘Coconut Apple’

A farmer shows a “coconut apple” in the mountains of Dalipuga in Iligan City Thursday (30 July 2015). Called “bula” or “buwa” in the vernacular, this sweet spongy mass is… »

Tinago Rainbow

Visitors enjoy the scenery of Tinago Falls in Iligan City, with a rainbow to boot, Sunday afternoon (26 July 2015). MindaNews photo by Bobby Timonera

Down the Mountain

Siblings carry sackfuls of laundry from the mountain to a nearby river in Pugaan, Iligan City for washing Sunday morning (26 July 2015). MindaNews photo by Bobby Timonera

Water Shortage

Residents joining a long queue for water is a common sight in Iligan City these days, as in this photo taken Saturday morning (18 July 2015), after a big pipe… »

Man’s Best Friend

Girl and dog spend a quiet time together by the beach in Initao, Misamis Oriental on Sunday (5 July 2015). MindaNews photo by Bobby Timonera


With water aplenty during the rainy season, Maria Cristina Falls in Iligan City is back to her old grandeur, as shown in this photograph taken Saturday (4 July 2015). MindaNews… »


A woman looks for freshwater shrimps at a creek in Sitio Dodiongan, Barangay Bonbonon, Iligan City on Sunday (5 July 2015). MindaNews photo by Bobby Timonera


A biker gets a relief from the midmorning sun during the MTB Circuit Race 2015 Sunday morning (14 June 2015) in Iligan City as part of the latter’s pre-charter day… »

Here Comes The Sun

A runner meets the sun rising from a mountain in Iligan City on Friday (12 June 2015). MindaNews photo by Bobby Timonera

Abaga Falls

Boys enjoy playing in the waters at the foot of Abaga Falls in Sitio Dodiongan, Barangay Bonbonon in Iligan City Sunday (31 May 2015). MindaNews photo by Bobby Timonera

Running the upHELL route of TDR80

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 19 March) – We call them “upHELLs”, those uphill roads that is sheer torture for runners and force you to slow down. When I saw the… »


Adventurer Arniel Balignot scales Lumbatin Falls in Barangay Pugaan, Iligan City without the aid of a rope on Sunday (18 Jan 2015). Lumbatin is the first, and the only one… »

Secret Falls

Thrill seekers explore the upper tier of the three-tier Secret Falls in the mountainous barangay of Pugaan in Iligan, also known as “The City of Waterfalls,” on Tuesday (6 January… »

Waterfall Selfie

A vacationer takes a selfie near the foot of Dodiongan Falls in Iligan City, also known as The City of Waterfalls, early morning Sunday (4 January 2015). MindaNews photo by… »

Hidden No More

A throng of adventure seekers crowd Tinago Falls on Friday (2 January 2015). Situated between Iligan City and Linamon, Lanao del Norte, it is so named because it is hidden… »

Inline Skates

Poor boys in Iligan City use inline skates with a twist – as if using a manual scooter. Spotted at the new circumferential road (C3) near Global Steel early morning… »

Swelling River

Residents of Hinaplanon in Iligan City monitor the rising water of Mandulog River as Typhoon Seniang battered Northern Mindanao on Monday (29 Dec 2014). They are standing on what is… »

Daring Boys

Instead of running away from the river with the rising water level as Typhoon Seniang batters Northern Mindanao, a boy leaps into the strong current of Palao River in Iligan… »

Boys and the Sea

Boys brave the waves in Talisayan, Misamis Oriental despite the strong winds and the rain in many parts of Northern Mindanao Saturday afternoon as a low pressure area is approaching,… »

Christmas Gift

A child at the Gawad Kalinga Rainbow Village in Barangay Tambacan in Iligan City shows off her family’s portrait, courtesy of the photography group The Umbrella, on Christmas eve 2014.… »

Making residents happy with family portraits as Christmas gifts

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 25 Dec) – Photohobbyists out there, maybe you’d like to make use of your expensive gear and your skills to make other people happy during this… »

‘Climate Ride’ ends in prayer for Sendong victims

ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 23 Dec) – Fr. Amado ‘Picx’ Picardal’s 1,800-kilometer 14-day journey on a bicycle from Baclaran to Mindanao ended here noon today after saying a short prayer… »

Prayer for Sendong Victims

On the last leg of his 1,800-kilometer “Climate Ride,” Redemptorist priest Amado “Picx” Picardal says a prayer noon Tuesday (23 Dec 2014) for the victims of Typhoon Sendong right at… »

Almost Done

Runners pass underneath the rebuilt Mandulog Bridge in Iligan City on Sunday (30 Nov 2014). The original bridge, shown in the background, fell during Typhoon Sendong three years ago after… »

Amidst the Clouds

The clouds part briefly to show the peak of Mt. Kitanglad in Bukidnon to passengers of a passing plane Wednesday morning (5 Nov 2014). MindaNews photo by Bobby Timonera

Tinago Falls

Even on a weekday, picnickers crowd Tinago Falls along the boundary of Iligan City and Linamon, Lanao del Norte Wednesday (22 Oct 2014), thanks to the semestral break. MindaNews photo… »

Daycare Center

Pre-school children attend a day care center without walls in hinterland Barangay Pugaan in Iligan City Friday (27 June 2014). MindaNews photo by Bobby Timonera

Fresh Harvest

A farmer in the mountains of Barangay Tipanoy in Iligan City washes his newly harvested cucumber Sunday morning (22 June 2014) before bringing these to the market downtown. MindaNews photo… »

I Believe I Can Fly

I BELIEVE I CAN FLY. When at Tinago Falls (at the boundary of Iligan City and Linamon, Lanao del Norte), do not just watch out for the majestic waterfall. Look… »

Big Baskets

Teenaged boys make big baskets using bamboo in the hinterland village of Pugaan in Iligan City on Saturday (24 May 2015). MindaNews photo by Bobby Timonera

Climbing Kids

Children in the hinterlands of Pugaan, Iligan City climb up a tree on Saturday (19 April 2014) to harvest ripe mangoes. MindaNews photo by Bobby Timonera

Visita Altares

Praying at the altar of the San Roque Church in Acmac, Iligan City Thursday evening (17 April 2014) for the traditional lenten visita altares, when Catholics visit seven churches on… »

Holy Week Preview

As the Holy Week approaches, small processions like this one in the municipality of Mahinog on Friday (11 April 2014) are common in Camiguin Island, where hundreds of Catholics are… »

Holiday Treat

Iliganons enjoy the “Araw ng Kagitingan” holiday by whiling the time away at the foot of Dodiongan Falls in Barangay Bonbonon, Iligan City on Wednesday, 9 April 2014. MindaNews photo… »

Yoga Jump

Striking a yoga pose while jumping into the natural pool at the foot of Dalipuga Falls in Iligan City, which is known as the “City of Waterfalls.” Upstream of this… »

Waterfalls galore!

TRAVEL/FITNESS ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 09 March) – Until recently, I’ve been to eight of Iligan’s two dozen or so waterfalls. Twice I was commissioned by the City Tourism Office… »

House on a Hill

Residents of this little house on a hill must have a spectacular view of the sunrise and sunset. Spotted at Barangay Tomas Cabili in Iligan City early morning Tuesday (25… »

Pampam Falls

Picnickers enjoy the cool waters of Pampam Falls in the mountains of Barangay Dalipuga, Iligan City on Sunday, 23 February 2014. Known as the City of Waterfalls, Iligan claims to… »

Sunset From a Hill

Mother and child enjoy the gorgeous sunset from atop a hill in Sta. Filomena, Iligan City, on Friday, 21 February 2014. MindaNews photo by Bobby Timonera


A woman prepares tree branches for firewood early morning Friday (21 Feb 2014) in Tipanoy, Iligan City. MindaNews photo by Bobby Timonera

Flower Farm

A farmer waters her flower garden early morning Thursday (20 Feb 2014) in Sitio Mibala, Barangay Tipanoy in Iligan City. The cut flower industry is booming in this mountainous part… »

Chaos at the Bridge

Because each motorist wants to be the first to cross the temporary one-lane Lapayan Bridge in the boundary of Linamon and Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte, no one wants to give… »

Championship Game

A player from Team KKK (white, with members coming from various places) tries to block a pass from a member of Metro Manila’s Team Roaches (red) during the championship match… »

Hot Piaya

A woman cooks piaya, a delicacy originally from Negros, in the side streets of Iligan City on Thursday (30 January 2014), selling them for P6 apiece for the chocolate version,… »

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