Cathedral Falls

Waterfalls in Lanao del Norte is stunning

waterfalls in lanao del norte

Kapatagan’s beautiful Cathedral Falls

A waterfalls in Lanao del Norte, Cathedral Falls in Kapatagan got me excited when it was mentioned to me. This over lunch of roasted pork liempo and chicken at Tita Fannies with my host, Paul and staff from the Kapatagan Municipal Tourism. “It’s just two kilometers from here and very accessible…” he told me.

Lanao del Norte is not so known for its waterfalls, unlike the ones found in Iligan City. If not for social media, two of this municipality’s cascades wouldn’t have been that known. First, there’s Sta. Cruz Falls which is farther but it’s Cathedral Falls that’s more popular for its beautiful backdrop, like pipe organs in a cathedral, thus probably its name. Even in pictures, the waterfall is stunning, how much more visiting it in the flesh and coming face to face with such beauty?

When Daryl, one of Paul’s staff came, I didn’t hesitate and hopped on the motorbike. Cathedral Falls is just two kilometers from the town center along a good and even road.

Seeing the waterfalls

I was awestruck! Stunning in photos, Cathedral Falls is actually captivating in person. The heavy volume of water makes the Cathedral Falls all the more grand. Adding to its beauty is the wall of well formed and smooth rock surface that looks purposely placed there. There’s also an element of mystery here. An underwater cave is supposedly unexplored. Accordingly, the basin hasn’t been fathomed.

waterfalls in lanao del norte

Panoramic view of Cathedral Falls. CLICK TO ENLARGE

Cathedral Falls is quite accessible and most habal-habal and tricycle drivers at the town center knows where. 

My gratitude and thanx to Paul who invited me over to visit and Daryl who toured me around on a motorbike. Both are from the Kapatagan Municipal Tourism.

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.


  1. Reydan Duldulao
    June 17, 2013 @ 8:24


  2. estancabigas
    June 17, 2013 @ 8:48


  3. Micole l Philippine Traveler
    June 18, 2013 @ 13:13

    Nice. The wall of rocks behind the falls look as if its man-made.. =)

  4. estancabigas
    June 18, 2013 @ 20:23

    Yup! Beautiful place 🙂

  5. Earl | Suroy Pilipinas
    June 25, 2013 @ 11:50

    Wow! Beautiful rock wall behind the falls. Kinahanglan pa ni mag-hike going dri bai?

  6. estancabigas
    June 25, 2013 @ 13:34

    bai, pwede ra mag motor 🙂

  7. Francis Balgos
    August 9, 2013 @ 15:50

    Amazing rock wall! I wonder if I can scale and jump that wall. 2km lng frm the town center? Really a taker!

  8. estancabigas
    August 9, 2013 @ 16:03

    Yup, its very near 🙂

  9. john hataie
    August 9, 2013 @ 19:30

    Hello! Is it accessible by car?

  10. estancabigas
    August 10, 2013 @ 5:10

    Yes, it is accessible by car but cant go through the bridge as its broken.

  11. Beautiful waterfall in Lanao del Norte
    March 20, 2014 @ 13:07

    […] was another beautiful waterfall in Lanao del Norte, but more remote, more challenging than Cathedral Falls. Our first attempt to go there, we had to postpone it as it was already 4PM and the dark sky was […]

  12. ted duallo
    March 20, 2014 @ 14:00

    the rock formation is amazing. what does the geologist say about how was it formed?

  13. estancabigas
    March 20, 2014 @ 20:09

    Hi Ted, thanx for the comment but i havent consulted one. 🙂

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