Iligan Anahaw Amphitheater

The Largest of its class in Mindanao.

The Iligan Anahaw Amphitheater is the largest ‘open’ amphitheater in Mindanao.

Remember, the key word here is “open”. Why?

Because, the Freedom Ring Giant Amphitheater in Pampanga is touted to be the “largest” amphitheater in the Philippines.

Anahaw Amphitheater can hold as many as 5,000 people at a single event. And it’s home to many concerts and festivals.

Called the ‘ Jewel of Iligan’, the Anahaw amphitheater is green and looks like a cut emerald when one views it from the top.

Iligan Anahaw Amphitheater

Do you ever wonder why it’s called the Anahaw Amphitheater? I do.

The idea for the amphitheater was conceived by the late Mayor Camilo P. Cabili. It was built in the late 70’s on the southeastern side of city hall. The plan was to build a stage and it’s backdrop would be the Anahaw leaves. Rightly, the project was named “Design of Anahaw Stage”. However, the stage was never built but the project name remained. So now everyone refers to it as the Anahaw Amphitheater.

A Stunning Venue

Every three years, this open-air venue becomes a silent witness to the proclamation of the newly elected officials –city mayor, vice mayor and other city officials.

And every Monday morning, the flag raising ceremony is at the Iligan Anahaw amphitheater and attended by all city government workers.

Not only that, it has been a venue to many events and will continue to be the ideal place to hold concerts, festivals and other functions.

Talking about festivals, the biggest of them all is the Iligan’s annual Kasadya Street Dancing Showdown. Attended by many residents and visitors from neighboring towns, the amphitheater becomes alive.

Anahaw – Philippine National Leaf

Remember, Anahaw is the “Pambansang Dahon” or the Philippine National Leaf. Know also that the fan-shaped of Anahaw leaf is a common symbol use in awards and medals representing high achievement.

In Latin, Anahaw is a fan- shaped palm called Livistona Rotundifolia.

Usually, it’s peaceful and quiet. Other times, you find children romping and playing in the amphitheater. It becomes the largest playground in Iligan.

And for the romantics out there, it’s a quiet place for privacy when the children are not around.

Now, this area has become one of the many attractions and one of the things to do in Iligan.

Aside from the Iligan Anahaw Amphitheater, you can visit the Maria Cristina Falls, the city’s National Park and the cool Timoga Resort.