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Friday, August 29, 2014

Abaga Falls

ABAGA FALLS is a waterfall and eco-system located approximately 15 km southwest of Iligan City, on the island of Mindanao, Philippines, specifically located in Barangay Abaga, in the Municipality of Baloi, Lanao del Norte.

The height of Abaga Falls is approximately twice that of the more famous Maria Cristina Falls, also located within the proximity of Iligan City (in Barangay Maria Cristina).  Unlike Maria Cristina Falls, however, which is fed by the Agus river, the water source of Abaga Falls are several undergound springs which flow into the top of Abaga Falls via several tributaries.

Also, unlike the more popular Maria Cristina Falls, human access to Abaga Falls is severely limited due to a current lack of regularly maintained roads as well as the fact that a moderate amount of walking is required to reach the base of the falls.  This level of isolation has not protected the ecosystem from damage due to deforestation and over-hunting.

Rufous Horbill
The name may have been derived from the Cebuano term "abaga" which means "shoulder," possibly relating to the shape and height of the cliff.

Flora and fauna

Pithecophaga Jefferyl
There are a number of interesting animals that inhabit the area in and around Abaga Falls.  The most notable include: (1) the endangered Philippine Eagle (Pithecophaga Jefferyl) also commonly known as the "monkey-eating eagle," (2) the Rufous Hornbill (Buceros hydrocorax), (3) the endangered Giant golden-crowned flying fox (Acerodon jubatus) which can only be found in the Philippines, and the (4) Philippine Flying Lemur (Cynocephalus volans).  Many of these animals are either near extinction or in danger of losing their habitats due to human activities.
Colugo (Philippine flying lemur)

Conservation Efforts

There is currently very little being done to halp preserve the Abaga Falls area from both man-made and natural distress.

The Save Abaga Falls group is a grassroots campaign that was recently founded by a former resident of Abaga Falls now living in the United States.  This group is currently in the process of obtaining as much information as possible regarding the current environmental status of the Abaga Falls ecosystem.

SOURCE:  Wikipedia

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

LGU Iligan pays final respects to former Vice Mayor Pedro B. Generalao

ILIGAN CITY, Philippines (27 Aug 2014) - On August 20, 2014 former Vice Mayor of Iligan City, Pedro B. Generalao, died at the Mindanao Sanitarium and Hospital due to acute respiratory failure after complications from a congestive heart.  Generalao was 89 years old.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

DOST-Iligan accepts applicants for 2015 DOST-SEI scholarships

By:  Lorry V. Gabule

ILIGAN CITY (6 Aug 2014) - The Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) Science and Technology (S & T) is now accepting applications for scholarship for the 4th year high school students or incoming college students for next school year 2015.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

SSS pensioners get five-percent increase effective June 2014

By:  Lorry Gabule

ILIGAN CITY, June 11, 2014 (PIA) - In view of its sustained financial growth and as part of its commitment to provide more meaningful benefits, the Social Security System (SSS) has announced the five-percent across-the-board pension increase for 1.9 million SSS pensioners effective June 2014.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Operating NSC again is wishful thinking

By:  Merlito Castor Catolico

Have inspected the whole plant together with some CASSO personnel two months back, including the guest house, club house, expats house, cold mill, hot mill, the former Rod and Bar Mill area, and many other areas (from the outside as we cannot see the mill itself) - no power, only seen very few people, some stray dogs, and people at the gate arguing about some items being shipped out.


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