Iligan’s Southern Waterfall Trifecta and How to Get there

imageWith almost 2 dozens of waterfalls splashing around the city, Iligan is no doubt a refuge for travelers from the mainstream of white sands and beaches, mountain ridges and adventures, urban life and party. I am talking about spicing up your trot pics with mist and cascades and getting wettish!

Just if you wanted to pattern the fall hopping with mine, capture these 23 falling water formations by the divide and conquer tactic. For the first target, it will be called, the Southern Waterfall Trifecta – A hidden swash, a resort neighbor fall and the famous queen of them all!

Since we are heading all southern destinations, you could just rent a Habal-habal (Public Motorcycle) for this 4-hour-escapade. Just plan whether you wanted the whole trip ending with a distinctly Iligan spiced lechon baboy lunch in front of the famous Timoga spring pools, 8-12nn or ending with a beef randang dinner in a famous block in the city, Iliganon (Pala-o Branch), 2-6pm. Yes. 4hours for 3 fascinating falls.

TIP- book your Habal-habal the night before at the City's postal building, just left from the St Michael's Cathedral. There's a convenience store "Shoppe24" where a lot of these motorcycles are arrayed for a passenger. You'll see them sprouting by 10pm. You could buy something and sit first inside Shoppe24 on the seats facing the glass wall. This is a perfect view to eat while choosing who is the driver you wanted to hire by looking whoever has the most trustworthy appeal. Hahaha Do your haggle and set the meeting details for the next day. Don't give any peso yet, just exchange phone numbers. Paid Php 400.00 for the whole ride.
A church has always been significant for me, more so in traveling. It lets you feel the temperament of the society your destination has. Churches (in the Philippines) are most of the time situated on a most strategically accessible spot in a city and that I believe churches are best starting point in your itineraries. 
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Her hydro power feeds 75% of the Philippine’s largest (among the 3 major) island’s electricity. Almost intimidating especially when you are on the ground deck. There’s a viewing deck on the 3rd level.

From the cathedral to the first fall, that is the queen – Maria Cristina Falls, It would take you 30 mins the most. Just go straight going south with the national highway. When you have across the Agus bridge, that’s the bridge with Iron bars inked with yellow, just turn left just really after the bridge. Then just follow through the entrance. It is a hydroelectric power plant compound. You could avail but have to wait for the free ride around or you could just enter directly with your wheels after the entrance fee. Paid 110p (30/head and 20 for motor).

She is powerful! Her pour is dominating. Massive! When you are nearing her you could hear her splashing. Seem drowning your ear drums. You could see how mighty her drops are since the river where she flows seems on a blitzkrieg towards the bay. The flow is almost reaching the roads you are paving. Really strong and yet as they call it Majestic!

TIP- Be there with Her twin. I mean when it is on its full blast. Ideally be there before lunch. You should see a rock between Maria and Cristina. That also means better photos. 
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I told you. The encounter is intimate.

Next is the charming fall beside a resort. Mimbalot Falls! Just reach back the national hi way and go straight just before Linamon bridge. Turn left, always left until you’ll see her. Naturally timid first with the colossal trees and almost unnoticed because of the entrance booth of the resort on her left
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When you finally see her whole body, she is with oozing charisma. Inviting yet whispering to you that be cautious. Her rocks that makes her curvaceous might be dangerous. The view with her is very intimate. It’s like you’re so near to her but she just lets you be wettish not totally wet. She is the most approachable of them all.

TIP- you could also set her to be the last stop so you can choose to go inside the resort with its facilities with reasonable rates. You could get a cottage and spend time resting near Her. 
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The shades of green she creates. Hidden. Worth to be sought.

Finally to complete the trio. Tinago falls! As it means in Visayan term, Hidden. Expect the travel to be far, wide and lengthy than the journey from the first two. When you get back to the hi way, turn right. Always remember, you don’t have to cross the Linamon bridge. Then just few minutes you’ll see a street going right narrowed because of seafood vendors and public Sarao jeepney with barkers. Turn right. You could also see signages of “Going to Tinago Falls, Maze Resort or Taytay Pools”. That’s the right way. Just follow through the road. This time, always right.

Just 30 minutes the most, be cautious with the small signage of Tinago falls. Vehicles are left at the accepting grounds. Don’t worry it is guarded by the friendly baranggay dwellers. No specific fees, they just call it donations. That is one for the park guard (20p). One in the entrance shed where there’s a box for donations (30p) and one for your accommodating tour guide whom I gave 100p for being so compassionate with my girlfriend who was panting as we ascend almost 500 steps from Her.

She is really hidden. That’s 20mins more walking from the park to her. I lost my count either when we descended her steep stairs. If the queen roars her splash on your ear drums as you nears her,

She on the other hand, masks her mist on your face as you are approaching. She hugs you with cold cascade breeze and trap you with her enchanting shades of green from the trees and twigs to her spring and moss covered rocks. She is just tempting. I personally even forced myself to leave her. Hidden. Worth sought for.

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Her hydro power feeds 75% of the Philippine’s largest (among the 3 major) island’s electricity. Almost intimidating especially when you are on the ground deck. There’s a viewing deck on the 3rd level.

As I end this with enchanting memories and when you finished reading it with hallucinations, prep your gears. Be back to the real. Book your fare to Iligan. Visit them. They are waiting and you refer them as She. Her.

HOW TO: Instantly let someone feels they knew you for a long time.

after a little talk, you could leave shortly but less distantly in order to create an acquaintance-to-an-old-friend come back as you approach them again.”

As you are a reader here, surely you already know one of the fundamentals of a sales appointment, “Establish trust first and befriend the prospect”. Usual sales people do it in a long method but Closers do it instantly smooth. Here are some.

1. Monologue with your name. People are codified with names. When you know someone by name alone, you could say the least that you know something very distinct to that person even without seeing his face or knowing his stories. You just simply know him more than just a stranger because of the name.

Your goal is to let them hear your name as much as you can during your warm up conversation. And you let them hear it by relaying past conversations with previous prospects that make them feel they had a talked with you before. I mean,

when you have been promoting same offer over the years, you are able to tally a generic set of objections and concerns expressed by your prospects.”

By, inserting previous talks on same points that they will be raising, or those which remain unsaid in their brains, while using your name, you’re able to let them feel that you have already talked before with them on that same concern and feels like you’ve known each other even before the first meeting. This also gives them an impression that you are empathetic and compassionate on the things they are thinking.

2. Treat them like the way you treated their counterparts in your life. Simple. If they are on the age of your grandmother, tell them that you remember your grandmother as you meet her and be consistent on how you really treat them just exactly how you treated their counterpart. This even gives you the idea how to tailor your offer specific to the prospects desires as you yourself more or less knows the desire of the prospect’s counterpart in your life.

3. Leave. Then, be back like an old friend. Once you have introduce yourself and your role for that meeting,

after a little talk, you could leave shortly but less distantly in order to create an acquaintance-to-an-old-friend come back as you approach them again.”

You might offer them a drink and get it for them as you also get yours. Then as you go back, treat them as someone you have already known before. They would also treat you the same. This is also helpful whenever your first approach was a bluff. You could breathe and strategize again.

4. When they recognize you as one like they know because of a specific gesture, Act it. Frequently.“You laugh like my close friend from high school” thus, laugh more often during your warm up and laugh, whenever there’s worth laughing throughout the meeting.

You could even repeat the specific gesture again whenever you have a bit of disagreement as you go along the pitch. This reminds them and hence, neutralizes the situation that they are talking with someone they have identified as a memorable pal, not a promising enemy.”

5. Tell them a previous chapter of your life that explains a specific attribute you distinctly posses as you pitch. This is actually a trick in order to justify a you-only-trait but at the same time letting them know you deeper than any just-now-met person. When i do my pitch, i usually sound like a legislative man. Thus, I tell them early in our talk that on my high school and college years I have been participating in debate championships.

That way, they feel like they’ve known me since that chapter of my life as I naturally manifest it during the whole course of our communication. Seeming like they are in front, talking with an old friend.”

Molding friendship and trust with your prospect is a process. Whether through a long or short method, It is a process. It is a “pre-pitch” requirement. Those listed never aimed to compromise the quality of your befriending talk. It makes the prospect instantly feels they knew you longtime ago, but it may not instantly work for you. It needs to be practiced, polished. Remember those. Apply. Evaluate.

HOW TO: Not believe you are an Expert and keep on Learning

Continue to educate self. It is not the Masters thing but rather those which have lesser cost yet equally informative and surprisingly it’s-already-there ways.

This is actually a point I wanted to share. When we get a length of tenure in work or overwhelmed by a raise, we tend most of the time feel we are already an expert on our field. Don’t believe it! Continue to educate self. It is not the Masters thing but rather those which have lesser cost yet equally informative and surprisingly it’s-already-there ways.

May it be learning a side topic from your field, refreshing the basics of your field, updating latest trends on your field or unlocking your potentials on a whole new field, a Closer allocates at least 5% of his wage for continuous education. These aren’t just updating self but also to relate to the varied guests you’ll converse with on your next close.

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ATTEND LECTURES. Not the usual boring sessions we had in college. These are 5-15 person talks done on co working places. Try following pages of cafes/ coffee shops around your place. They post ads about this as they collaborate with people who conducts workshop on a topic. Of course choose the topics you are interested with. Advantage is, they filter the number of attendees. Fun, sociable and informative. And connections are made! you’ll never know your seatmate might be a help on your endeavors one day.

BUY A BOOK, CREATE AN ONLINE FORUM. Reading books has always been a classic and for me is the most free-styled way of continuous learning. As you’re done reading it, you could ignite sensible digitized review forum on platforms (like Reddit). You’ll be stimulated reading their sides, the pros, the cons! and yes, you’ll still be the one to filter which is and isn’t sensible and worth the discussion. It is online and it is exciting!

IMG_3111DATE A HUMAN LIBRARY. A knowledgeable friend or acquaintance about a topic you wanted to know! Treat him with a coffee while talking about the topic you’re interested in.  You could write notes or just simply treat it as a casual conversation and make it weekly until you’re satisfied with the schema he had shared. Intimacy makes this a quality learning. Try this on your next offday!

Those thus far are my little known ways to learn frugally, anything more you can suggest? Comment it.

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