Chasing Waterfalls: Sta. Cruz Falls

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Location: Brgy. Santa Cruz, Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte
Type: Block ledge waterfall

Santa Cruz Falls in Kapatagan, Lanao del NorteDuring my ten-day Mindanao Solo Backpacking Trip on October 1-10, 2013, I visited Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte with the hope of going to its two waterfalls. But because of intermittent rains, I only managed to go to Cathedral Falls. Of course, I figured that a finer weather was required so I could cross river streams safely. And so I promised to myself that I will go back to Kapatagan quite soon. Santa Cruz Falls in Kapatagan, Lanao del NorteThe Iligan Bloggers Society created that opportunity for me when they organized the Waterfalling Adventure Tour 3.0. And because I had three extra days reserved for more explorations in pursuit of my Chasing Philippine Waterfalls Project, I figured that I should return to Kapatagan and finally visit Santa Cruz Falls.

Santa Cruz Falls in Kapatagan, Lanao del NorteMarcos Caratao | Detourista.com, Caressa Leanne Lim | Ching the ViewFinder and I left Iligan City on May 21 en route to Kapatagan via a Pagadian City-bound Rural Transit bus. Two hours later, we reached our destination. After a few minutes at the municipal hall, we were already on our way to Santa Cruz aboard a tricycle. We were told to drop by at the house of the barangay captain, so we did. Though the captain was not there, we were still able to get a guide to assist us in going to Santa Cruz Falls. The trek going to Santa Cruz Falls was quite moderate and lengthy. While walking going to the falls, I was reminded of that hike to Dau Falls in Samboan, Cebu. There was a river crossing but the stream was not strong unlike that of in Dodiongan Falls. Santa Cruz Falls in Kapatagan, Lanao del NorteAs we got closer, we saw a remnant of development going to Sta. Cruz Falls. Quite maybe like the story of Pangilatan Falls when the development was not sustained and left to ruins. Shortly after we descended on a ravine, a magnificent view welcomed us. There, the Santa Cruz Falls confidently showing off its beauty and power. At that moment, I couldn’t ask for more. The setting was perfect: blue sky, white clouds, and the majestic Santa Cruz Falls. And I was joyous and humbled to share the moment and experience with Marcos and Ching.

Note: This is part of LegendHarry‘s ambitious travel project: Chasing Philippine Waterfalls.

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