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Buhanginan Hill in Iligan

Take a city tour…
and make Buhanginan Hill your first stop!

The Iligan Buhanginan Hill stands approximately 130 feet above sea level. Here you see an unobstructed view of city’s skyline.

For the romantics out there, it is a perfect site to watch beautiful sunsets or to star gaze.

Do not forget to bring your camera, for that WOW moment.

It is also a favorite spot for locals and visitors to enjoy amazing scenery and a popular site for runners and those looking for a challenging workout.

In the mornings, you will find health buffs hiking towards the top. It is an uphill climb, which will give you an excellent workout!

Indeed, it is a good idea especially right after a visit from one of Iligan’s finest restaurants. You and I know, it is hard to resist those mouth-watering Iligan delicacies like the Iligan lechon and Zoey’s halo-halo.

Buhanginan Hill

Okay, so what is significant about Buhanginan Hill?

Two things. First, the Iligan City Hall.

The city government holds their offices here to include the city mayor, vice-mayor, and city councilors. You can also find other department offices of the city government here.

Being the center of government, the place is a route for jeepneys. Iligan taxis can also take you there. When you go, know that City Hall is only about 15 minutes away from the city proper. It is located in Barangay Pala-o.

One of my fondest memories when I visited Iligan a few years ago (aside from my high school reunion) involves meeting the mayor of Iligan just hours after arriving at my friend’s house. You see, the mayor wants to welcome you personally to the city of Iligan.

Iligan City Hall

Second, the Anahaw Open Amphitheater.

Possibly the largest open-air amphitheater in the island of Mindanao, the Anahaw Amphitheater is located in the southeastern side of the hill.

Do you remember Kasadya Street Dancing during the Diyandi Festival in September?

Well the Anahaw Amphitheater is where the dancers come together after completing the street dancing route. Thousands brave the heat of the sun every year just to witness the dancers perform here.

Anahaw Amphitheater

Hands down the best venue for the festival.

The natural sounds of the drums, great dance performances, and the only thing missing here is, YOU!

You will treasure the ride up the Buhanginan Hill, which includes the view of the lush gardens, the view of Iligan Bay and above all the fresh mountain air.

So next time you visit Iligan, give yourself plenty of time to stop by the mayor’s office and while you’re at it, stop by Anahaw amphitheater and for just a moment, imagine the pulsating beat of the drums. Can you feel it?

Imagine what it would be like if you celebrate next Christmas in Iligan. Bring your family too, and enjoy the magic of Christmas lights illuminating Buhanginan Hill.