Iligan City which is just a few kilometers from Cagayan de Oro was popularly known on its
great waterfalls, and because of this, the city was quoted as “The City of Majestic Waterfalls”.
Iligan City carries many myths and legends from the old folks and early people within its local baranggays. But primarily, (from wikipedia), had its beginnings in the village of Bayug, four (4) kilometers north of the present Poblacion. It was the earliest pre-Spanish settlement of native sea dwellers. The monotony of indigenous life in the territory was broken when in the later part of the 16th century, the inhabitants were subdued by the Visayan
migrants from the island kingdom of Panglao. In the accounts of Jesuit historian Francisco Combes, the Mollucan King of Ternate invaded Panglao. This caused Panglaons to flee in large numbers to Dapitan, Zamboanga del Norte. In Dapitan, the surviving Prince of Panglao Pagbuaya, received Legazpi’s expedition in 1565. Later, Pagbuaya’s son Manook was baptized Pedro Manuel Manook. The Christianized Manook subdued the Higaunon village in Bayug and established it as one of the earliest Christian settlements in the country. The settlement survived other raids from other enemies, and, because of their faith in God and in their patron saint, Saint Michael the Archangel, the early Iliganons moved their settlement from Bayug to Iligan. The name Iligan is from the Higaonon word iligan or ilijan’ meaning “fortress of defense” against frequent attacks by pirates and other hostile Mindanao tribes. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iligan
Si Igan, ang Alamat ng Iligan (an old and unpublished story)
from – http://alamatngkasaysayan.com/igan-iligan/
Noong unang panahon, My isang lugar na nag ngangalan ng Bayug.
Ang bawat naninirahan sa lugar na ito ay masaya at puno ng pagmamahalan sa isa’t-isa.
Ang lugar na ito ay hitik sa likas na yaman at magagandang tanawin at mga talon na kay sarap paliguan.
Dito din isinilang si Igan. Subalit si Igan simula sa kanyang pagkabata ay likas na matabil, malikot, at malimit na sumusuway sa ipinapangaral ng kanyang mga magulang.
Isang araw, si Igan ay inutusan magtungo sa kabukiran upang kanyang dalhin ang kakaning inihanda ng kanyang inay para sa kanyang itay. Subalit, sa halip na magtungo sa bukid, si Igan ay tumuloy sa kagubatan at pinili nya na manghuli ng ibon.
Gamit ang kanyan tirador, kaliwat kanan na kanyang sinapul ng bato ang mag inosenteng ibon.
Ang kanyang Ama, na kasulukuyang naghihintay sa kanya sa kabukiran ay lubos ng nagaalala kung bakit siya (si Igan) ay hindi pa nkararating.
Lumipas ang pananghalian hanggang kinahapunan, si Igan ay hindi pa din umuuwi galing sa kagubatan. Lubos ng nababahala ang kanyang Ama at Ina dahil malapit ng magtakip silim ngunit ang kanilang anak na si Igan ay hindi pa nakararating sa kanilang tahanan.
Nang gabi din na iyun, ang mga magulang ni Igan ay tumawag sa diwata ng talon na si Maria Cristina.
“Maria Cristina, ikaw na ang bahala sa aming pinakamamahal na anak. Kung nasaan man siya ngaun, pangalagaan mo siya kahit pa na siya ay may hindi magandang kaugalian. Sakaling hindi na namin siya matagpuan, gawin mo po sanang makabuluhan ang kaniyang buhay.”…
Sa kagubatan, sa kinaroroonan ni Igan, ay ganap ng lumatag ang kadiliman. Si Igan ay labis na ang nararamdamang takot sa kadahilanang hindi na nya matunton ang landas na tumatahak patungo sa kanilang tahanan.
Sa pagkalito ni Igan, patuloy syang lumakad ng lumakad sa pagbabakasakaling mahanap nya ang daan pauwi sa kanilang tahanan. Sa kalagitnaan ng gubat, si Igan ay nakasalubong ng isang matandang kuba. Agad na nilapitan ni Igan ang matandang kuba at kanyang tinanung kung alam ba nito ang daan pauwi sa kanilang tahanan. Sublit sa halip na sagutin ng matanda ang kanyang katanungan, humingi ito ng pagkain.
Dahil si Igan ay likas na matabil at may hindi magandang kaugalian, hindi nya binigyan ng makakain ang matanda, at hindi din niya inamin na sya ay may dala dalang pagkain.
Inulit muli ng matanda ang kanyang kahilingan na humingi ng makakain kay Igan. “iho may dala ka bang pagkain? maari mo ba akong bigyan kahit kaunti?” sambit ng matanda.
Muling iniwasan ni Igan ang pag tango sa kahilingan ng matanda.
Sa pagkakataong ito nagalit ang matanda, at ito ay nagpalit ng anyo. Ang kanina na matanda ay siya palang si Maria Cristina.
“Bata!, dahil sa iyong pangit na ugali, ang iyong nakagawiang pag iwas sa tamang asal ay bibigyan ko ng kapalit na kaparusahan. Simula sa araw na ito mananatili kang nakatayo sa iyong kinaroroonan at mag sisilbing taga pagbantay ng bayan na ito. Ito rin ay magsisilbing aral sa iyo at sa ibang kabataan na hindi dapat iwasan ang tamang kaugalian. Ikaw ay gagawin kong isang malaking haligi na haharang sa lahat ng may masamang ninanais sa bayan na ito.”
At gayun nga ang nangyari kay Igan.
Lumipas ang maraming panahon, si Igan an ngaun ay isa ng haligi ng Bayug, ay patuloy na nag tanggol sa mga mamayan dito sa paraang kanyang hinaharangang makapasok ang mga may masamang ugali sa kanyang lugar na sinasakupan.
Naging takbuhan ng mga naaapi ang bayan ng Bayug. Dahil dito, pinangalan ng tao ang Bayug na isang lugar kung saan ay maiilagan ang lahat ng kasamaan.
Ang lugar na dati ay Bayug ngaun ay kilala na bilang bayan ng Iligan na ang kahulugan ay “Kuta ng Salag” o sa ingles ay, “Fortress of Defense”.
Of Myths and Truths: The Tragedy in Iligan City
A Maranao legend tells of how Lake Lanao and Agus River, which flows into Iligan Bay, came into being. A powerful sultanate called Mantapoli once ruled the area where the lake is. Its population grew so fast and created such an imbalance that the world was in danger of literally turning upside down. Worried about the looming catastrophe, the Archangel Gabriel reported the problem to Allah. Allah told him to gather all the angels. He then commanded them to scoop out the land of the Mantapoli and transfer it to the center of the earth.
Though now safe from tipping over, the world was faced with another danger. Water from the earth’s interior was rapidly filling the massive hole left by the removal of the land. A deadly flood was impending. Upon the command of Allah, the archangel summoned the Four Winds and ordered them to carve out an outlet through which the water may flow into the sea. The hole became Lake Lanao and the outlet was called Agus River.
The disaster in Iligan City was an ironic twist to this myth. The river supposedly created by God to avert a flood ended up inundating villages and claiming hundreds of lives. The overflow of the Agus and Mandulog Rivers was identified as the source of the flash floods. This time there was no army of angels, no anthropomorphic winds, no divine intervention to stop the catastrophe.
The thousands of logs left by floodwaters were the incriminating evidence of what may have caused the tragedy. Illegal logging is just like the many crimes that happen in this country. Everyone knows about it but nobody seems able to stop it. Read the complete article > Click Here! or visit, http://nagbabasangpinoy.wordpress.com/2011/12/26/of-myths-and-truths-the-tragedy-in-iligan-city/
The Legend of Tinago Falls
During the days of old, when sultans and datus were considered the most influential and powerful people of the time, their lived a princess named Tin-ag, the daughter of Sultan Agok.
Since Sultan Agok and his wife were the affluent couple in the village, they were pointed by the people as their king and queen. When they got the throne, they became too proud of themselves and became selfish.
They wished to have a baby that would take their wealth. After a few years, they got what they wanted. Sultan’s wife got pregnant.
One day, an old beggar came to their house and asked for help. The two did not take the old woman’s help but exiled and rejected her. They did not know that the old beggar was an enchantress disguising to be ugly. As a punishment for what they have done, the old beggar cursed the couple that their baby will be as ugly as their attitude. The two did not take it seriously but laughed and totally banished her.
When the child was born, the couple was shocked of what they saw. They did not expect that their baby was ugly, because they were very confident that the baby will be as lovely as her mother. Until such time, they remembered the curse that was given to them by an old beggar. The couple was sad and disappointed. They hid the baby in a cave to avoid embarrassment but still visited and cared the baby until it grew up. They named the baby Tin-ag which means “The hidden face”.
One morning, she tried to go out from the cave and to see the beauty from the outside. She was so amazed of what she saw. She felt that she was in a paradise when suddenly a person saw her and with that she immediately went back to the cave. She felt so sad knowing that she was not that free to do anything and wept all her sadness. The person who saw her was the enchantress that her parents encountered long ago. The enchantress told her not to despair and to pity herself because of her ugliness because there are many people other than herself who were more miserable. So the enchantress offered her a chance to be transformed into something of great beauty and splendor. Tin-ag accepted the offer and chose to become a waterfall since she always wept and also possessed a good character which was something beautiful. The once ugly princess has now become the waterfall we know today as Tinago Falls — The Hidden Paradise.
The Legend Of Maria Cristina Falls
By: precy anza
Known as “the twin falls,” Maria Cristina Falls has always been an attraction to locals and tourist alike. Located in Iligan City in the Mindanao region of the Philippines, the falls has been the source of the province hydroelectric, 70% of it is generated from the falls that is 320 feet high.
The city has been known as “City of Majestic” waterfalls because of its more than 20 falls that can be found in the city. But of all those, there’s one waterfall that stands out, and that is the Maria Cristina Falls.
There were more than one legend that goes on how the beautiful waterfall came to be, but here’s one of the legend that I wanted to share.
There was once a Sultan who gained fame because of his daughters beauty. The maiden’s name was Maria Cristina. But Maria Cristina was adopted, the said Sultan wasn’t her real father, instead her biological father was a fisherman from the province of Romblon. Yes, they were poor but they were contented, as long as they were all together, that’s all that matters. Every rainy season, Cristina would eagerly help her father on planting in their small piece of land.
But how did the beautiful Maria Cristina got into the territory of the Sultan?
That happened when one day the Sultan raided their town. All the people scattered and went up the hill to hide. Cristina was so little back then that she wasn’t aware, or it hadn’t sink in to her what was going on around her. The Sultan’s underlings saw her and abducted her but Cristina’s father saw it and gave a good fight. Sadly, her father got killed and she was taken away.
The Ruler’s underlings presented their captive, the poor little girl to the Sultan. Maria Cristina was so beautiful that the Sultan decided to adopt her. He treated her like as if she was his own child. The Sultan became even more popular to villages near and far because of Cristina’s beauty. She became the most beautiful maiden and suitors influx from neighboring villages.
One of Maria Cristina’s avid suitor was the son of another Sultan, a well-built and handsome nobleman. And know what? Of all her suitors, he is the lucky one that had captured the heart of the beautiful Maria Cristina. Later on, the young man decided to ask for Cristina’s hand, and soon after that a big wedding was set.
The two are so happy and looking forward to their married life. They went to a creek which is their favorite spot and there, they set their plans and imagined all the things they want to do in their future.
But concealed to them, there was a witch who was envious of Maria Cristina, of her beauty and fate with the young nobleman. She vowed that the oncoming wedding would not happen.
Maria Cristina remembered her mother few nights before her wedding day. She hadn’t seen her mother since she was abducted, and that was a long time ago. Feeling sad with all the thoughts of her mother, Maria Cristina went to the creek, on the big rocks which is her favorite place, there she sit and she cried all the sadness inside. Her fiance had promised her that they would go to Romblon, her province, to reunite with her mother after their wedding. She closed her eyes and reminisced the days where she was still a young child. Those happy days with her mother and father.
She was in such a state when the ugly witch came from behind her. She thought it was her fiance and it surprised her to see the ugly maiden instead.
“I loved him before he even came to know you. He’s mine and your wedding will never happen!” said the witch to her. “Go ahead and cry yourself out.”
Hearing this made Maria Cristina cry even more. She didn’t know that despite her happiness with her beloved fiance, there was a raging heart she wasn’t even aware of.
“You will never have the man I love. You just took him away from me. You are going to turn into a mountain before your wedding day! And your tears will flow to the town, heading to the sea,” said the raging witch.
At last, the long awaited day arrived, the wedding day. Everyone wondered as Maria Cristina didn’t showed up. And it was even a surprised when they saw a mountain that as if it was in tears. Water falls from atop flowing into the town and formed a river.
“This fall just showed up out of nowhere. And it wasn’t here before,” murmured the people to their amazement. “And where could Cristina be? Today’s her day.”
The witch burst out in laughter and answered. “See that falls? That’s Maria Cristina. So you don’t have to look for her. Her tears would flow to the town, and form a river to Iligan City.”
The witch who cursed Cristina hadn’t been seen again. And that’s the legend of the Maria Cristina Falls. The twin falls looks like tears flowing from the eyes of the beautiful maiden, and so the people named it after her.
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