It was around 2:00AM when I noticed some posts in Facebook about the floods in Iligan City, Cagayan de Oro and other parts of Mindanao. I grew up in Linamon (town closest to Iligan City) where my family still lives and I couldn’t recount having experienced typhoon. I hoped that the situation wouldn’t get worse but I was wrong.
When I woke up 6 hours later, my heart got crushed by the photos of the aftermath of typhoon Sendong. Many people died, many are still unaccounted for, and hundreds of families lost their homes. My family is safe but my heart bleeds for the victims.
Photo Credit: Lacastesantos Bong
If you want to help but you are far from Iligan City, you can still send your cash donations to:
1. The City Treasurer’s Office Deposit Trust Fund
# 0820-016201-030 DBP / City Treasurer’s Office Iligan City
2. c/o Iligan Blogger’s Society :
Paypal ID: email@example.com
BDO Account: Revilla N. Carbonell-Noel – 109451077611
3. Donations in kind from other parts of the Philippines
You may drop off your donations at any LBC branch. LBC will deliver these for free to the hardest hit areas.
ONE FOR ILIGAN (Iligan Bloggers Society, Inc.)
c/o CALDA Pizza, The Strip
Quezon Ave, Pala-o,
Iligan City, 9200
Above all, please continue to pray for the victims so that they will have the strength to get through this disaster.
Iligan City is blessed with majestic waterfalls and cold springs. So, there’s a number of spring pools and resorts in the city. One of them is the Maze Park and Resort which is locally known as “Maze”. Maze is not as accessible as the Timoga spring Pools but paying the extra fare or renting a jeepney to go there is worth it. Two years after my last visit, I was able to have a fun day at Maze with family and relatives last April.
Here’s the spacious entrance to Maze, so you won’t have a problem looking for a parking space.
The entrance fee is only Php25.00 per adult and Php12.50 per child. It’s 50% cheaper than in Timoga spring pools. The cottage is surprisingly a lot cheaper as well. I only had to pay Php250.00 for this huge cottage!
There are two kiddie pools:
One junior-size pool (I think it was 4 feet deep) and an Olympic-size pool.
If you want to take a break from swimming, you may listen to the child in you or pay the animals a visit.
If you choose to go to this place, make sure that you have enough food because there’s no nearby lechon stand. I think the place has a restaurant but I don’t know what kind of food they serve. Although you can find a small sari-sari store with reasonable prices.
I have no idea why this place is called “Maze Park and Resort” when there is not a single maze in it. Maybe because getting there is just like a maze?
Shaynna is already asking me to go back there when I get home in December.
Christmas starts very early in the Philippines that the only mall in Iligan City have already put up their huge Christmas tree when I came home last October. It’s in the center of that mall. It’s not as grand as the ones in gigantic malls in the country but it is still very nice to look at. We still don’t have a Christmas tree at home so Shaynna and I had our photo taken with that tree in the background…
A few more days and it’s December!
I have no idea what “Diyandi” means but it’s St. Michael Archangel fiesta in Iligan City and is celebrated every 29th of September.
I was still in highschool when I last experienced this merrymaking and I love to see it again, especially now that the city government has done so much to make it merrier and a better tourist attraction. ^-^ For now, I’ll just have to be content looking at these colorful pictures I got from James Bonner:
There are more pictures from Bobby Timonera
and the Kasadya Street Dancing Photo Contest 2005 entries
To the people of Iligan City and Lanao del Norte… Viva Sr. San Miguel!