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<p>St. michaels cathedral in 1960</p> <p>In Focus: St. Michaels CathedralPosted byAlingatong</p> <p>St. Michael's Cathedral, named after Iligans patron saint St. Michael the Archangel, is situated in the heart of downtown Iligan. It is the principal church of Iligans Catholic archdiocese. A sanctuary of quiet prayer in the midst of the city's busy sidewalks and streets, this venerable edifice is a link to the early days of the city and the scene and witness of many solemn ceremonies.</p> <p>Iligan became a parish separate from Cagayan de Misamis in 1834. According to some accounts, the church original location was somewhere near the river but because great floods of that period (1840s) washed away many of the structures in the vicinity, it was finally transferred to a higher grounds and found its permanent home in (Quezon Avenue) Poblacion.This was the fourth church erected in 1950. This edifice faced northward and was bounded on the west by the present Quezon Avenue. Its rear end should be touching portion of the BDO-Quezon Branch. (Source: Iligan Public Library)</p> <p>Construction of St. Michael Cathedral's Main Altar (1956)(Source: Pat D. Noel of City Tourism Office)</p> <p>St. Michaels Cathedral (1960)Several major renovations and changes have been carried out since then. The edifice has acquired a tower and a graceful steeple with cross on top and on the other side, the tallest figure of Senior San Miguel - Iligan City's patron saint. It also has its beautifully crafted smoked glass of Senior San Miguel visible outside, and the life, death and resurrection of Christ inside.St. Michael's Cathedral Stained Glass Windows and ChandeliersThough the Cathedral's interior has been modified several times, enough remains of its original dimension and style to proclaim the vision of its builders and the generosity of its supporters.</p> <p>The Cathedral today is an ever-increasing influence in the lives of thousands of people. The church has since been offering spiritual guidance and religious services to the community. It also provides a space to anyone who wishes to pray, meditate or seek a quiet refuge.http://exploreiligan.blogspot.com/2011/09/in-focus-st-michaels-cathedral.htmlSaint Michael the Archangel Cathedral &amp; Diyandi Festival of IliganSeptember 20th, 2010 by Mark Anthony MarangaPosted inIliganSaint Michael the Archangel, locally known as San Miguel is considered asIligans protector against evil and healer of the sick. One of Iligans churches, the Cathedral ofSaint Michael the Archangelwas built in honor of this saint in the city center of Iligan. The church is fronting St. Michaels College which is considered as the oldest school in the Lanao area, which was established as a catechetical center in 1914 by Fr. Felix Cordova. A year after, it was formally constituted as Escuela de San Miguel in honor of thepatron saint ofIligan City,Saint Michael the Archangel.The Church of San Miguel in Iligan is considered as one of the most visited churches in the city because of its miraculous powers that can defend and heal its devotees. Many have become walking witnesses and until this day, they continue to share the experiences brought about by St. Michael the Archangels divine abilities.Thefeast ofSenior San Miguel is held every 29th day of September. A ritual dance known as Diyandi is offered to thepatron saintin a way of thanking him for everything he has done to the city. Other activities during this festival include theEskrimadance, imitating the fight between San Miguel and his foes and the Yawa-yawa which literally means Devil-devil. Both of these two additional dances depicts the celestial combat between the good forces against the evil forces as shown by St.Michael the Archangeland Lucifer (the Light bearer), who was casted down to hell.</p> <p>Cathedral ofSaint Michael the Archangel</p> <p>San Miguel near the AltarThe Diyandi dance is not an inter-tribal marriage between a Muslim (moro) and a Lumad (native or indigenous). It is a ritual celebrated by the Higaunons, Muslims and Christians which are known as the tri-people. The word Diyandi has different meanings among the indigenous and the Muslims but as a general term, it stands as a feast to be celebrated by everyone. The ritual was done to pay respect to thepatron saintwho is said to be the defender among those who are assaulted and the healer among those who are sick. It is because of these legendary folk oral traditions and beliefs that the Muslims, the Lumads, and the coastal people or Christians celebrate as one in welcoming St. Michaels feast. Until this day, the oral traditions of Iligans folk endlessly speak of St. Michaels heroism through folk stories and beliefs.In 1986, the local fiesta committee decided to change the name Diyandi into a more popular name to further enhance the tourism of the city of Iligan in thePhilippines. They renamed it to Kasadya Festival, literally, Happiness Festival. Because of modernization, street dancing and other activities have been developed to promote both the city and groups who joined the celebration.Sometime in 2004, the festival committee of Iligan renamed the Kasadya Festival celebration to Diyandi Festival. This move was done so the city will have a unique fiesta celebration and suitable to be called Iligans own.The statue ofSaint Michael the Archangelstationed at a small cell at the left side of the church will be moved down or placed outside of the church so devotees can pray and touch theirpatron saintduring the fiesta celebration.</p> <p>Statue of San Miguel to be exposed during the Diyandi FestivalAt the right corner of St.Michael the ArchangelChurch is the convent and office, next to it a small open room where folks light candles and pray to the statues of Jesus, Mary and the pSaints. Connected to it is the adoration chapel where the Blessed Sacrament is exposed and praying in silence is encouraged. Nearby is a group of therapist who offer (by donation) reflexology service every Mondays to Saturdays at 8am to 5pm.The Cathedral of St.Michael the ArchangelChurch in Iligan can be contacted attelephone number(+63)(63) 221-3285. It has regular 12nn masses on weekdays and several schedules on Sundays. If you are in Iligan, be sure to attend mass or drop by the Cathedral of Seor San Miguel the Archangel and be protected and cured by its divine might.</p> <p>Adoration Chapel</p> <p>Candlelight Prayer Room</p> <p>Convent and Office</p> <p>Fish Pond</p> <p>Reflexoloy</p> <p>Interior of Cathedral ofSaint Michael the Archangel</p> <p>Anahaw Amphi-TheaterBuilt in 1956,Anahaw Open Amphi-Theater is nestled atop Buhanginan Hill (130 feet above sea level). Claimed to be the largest open amphi-theater in Mindanao.</p> <p>This is where the usual Kasadya Street Dancing final showdown takes place during the Diyandi Festival sa Iligan every year.</p> <p>This is also where the city government employees hold their flag raising ceremony every Monday.In Focus: Buhanginan HillPosted byAlingatong</p> <p>Buhanginan Hillis a landform that extends above the surrounding terrain of Barangay Pala-o. Its 130 ft. (47 meters) above sea level.</p> <p>CITY HALL</p> <p>On top of the hill is where the City Hall, the seat of Iligans local government. It was built way back in 1957 and was inaugurated on Sept. 28, 1958.</p> <p>The road going to the top of the Buhanginan Hill is a quick and convenient challenge and favorite destination for early-morning joggers.</p> <p>ANAHAW AMPHITHEATEROn Buhanginan Hill's southeastern side is Anahaw Amphitheater, probably the biggest open amphitheater in Mindanao, which is a venue for theater, sports tournaments, celebrations, and other activities. The amphitheater and the city hall is only less than 3 kilometers away from the city proper. 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.</p> <p>Anahaw Amphitheater is also the venue of Iligans annual Kasadya Street Dancing Showdown. Attended by many residents and visitors from neighboring towns, the amphitheater becomes alive.The area has become one of the many attractions in Iligan.</p> <p>CHILDRENS PLAYGROUND</p> <p>At the top of the hill is a playground where children can romp around which is also suited for family picnics and solace.You'll get a good view of the city from the hill too.Buhanginan Hill is a favorite promontory for Iliganons for viewing the sunset or skyline of the city by night.</p> <p>Aptly called Anahaw Open Amphi-theater because of the Anahaw planted on the sides and the shape of the amphi-theater is based on the Anahaw leaf.</p> <p>* * * * * * * * * * *How to Get There :</p> <p>From the city proper take a Pala-o Line jeepney that goes to city hall. Ask the driver first before getting into the jeepney.</p> <p>On weekends, sometimes only a few jeepneys go to city hall, still take Pala-o Line jeepney and get off at Gazpachos Restaurant. Walk uphill following the cemented road to reach the top. On the right side is the Amphi-theater. </p> <p>Or take a Noria Pala-o Line. Tell the driver to drop you off the road leading to the Amphi-theater. Follow the road uphill. A few meters on the left side is the Amphi-theater. </p> <p>Jeepney Fare : Php 7.50</p> <p>Iligan TartanillaIligan Tartanilla the former King of the Road!Listen! clikity clakclickity clakdid you hear that?Way before the jeepney, the Iligan tartanilla or kalesa (horse-drawn carriage) was the Philippines king of the road.It was the countrys major mode of transportation.It was then when life seemed simply easy and slowDrift back in time for a moment before World War IIback in the 18th century, the kalesa now tartanilla, was introduced during the Spanish occupation. And in those years, Spanish nobility and rich Filipinos called the Illustrados used the kalesa as their primary means of transportation: for personal travel as well as commercial.So what happened?Well, the need for tartanillas diminished after World War II when the jeepney came along. Read the story how jeepney became the king of the road.Just between you and me, even when the jeepney came, the Iligan tartanilla was still going strong. Im sure you will agree with meyou see them around town. You see them around schools, in the old market near the pier, basically you see them everywhere!They were all over the city back then. Back when I was still in high school when Iligan City National High School was still called Iligan City High School.</p> <p>Iligan TartanillaRide the Iligan Tartanilla Before Theyre Gone For GoodNow allow yourself to imagineIt was the month of May and the year was 1986 It was my familys first visit to Iligan. My daughters and husband was just thrilled to see this horse-driven carriage. They were so excited! They have seen horses before in horse races, cowboy movies, and western horse-drawn wagon, but not like the tartanilla here in Iligan.Obviously, we rented a very special Iligan tartanilla to see Iligan in that way. It was nice slow city tour (a full circle around town).The kids were ecstatic! In fact, they wanted to ride again. On the other hand, my husband had just about enough after the first block. He whispered, I feel bad for the horse. In fact, I should get out and walk. I cant really blame him; he stands over 6 feet tall, strong, and can walk faster than the horse. He felt guilty riding it. But for the kids, it was truly fun!Today, many years past, I can still picture my daughters little faces with sheer joy and excitement on their first kalesa ridethat was in 1986. Loud and clear! I can hear them laughing and giggling. Memories like these are etched forever in my heart!Are you beginning to see the simple pleasures in life?Heres a thought. Horse-drawn carriage rides are a wonderful way to experience the town.It would be a great tourist thing to do in Iligan. Like New York, they use horse-drawn carriages to tour Central Park. Why not use Iligan tartanillas to your Iligan? How about horse-drawn carriages for rent for a wedding?STOP! listen to your own thoughts.The reality istimes must have been hard for the Iligan tartanilla.Recently, friends traveling to Iligan had such a tough time locating one to hire for a city tour. They eventually found one in Kabulihan but it couldnt take them to the city proper anymore.Iligan Tartanillawaiting for youYou probably know these horse-drawn carriages are no longer allowed in the main streets of Iligan. A City Ordinance must have banned them from the street routes as they used too.You can catch one from the Pala-o Supermarket but they can only take you if youre going to Saray or Tambacan. Also, they are only allowed to use Badelles St.Clearly, modernization in the city has made Iligan tartanilla outdated. And in todays fast world, being slow on the road can only mean chaotic traffic.Horse Throwing a TantrumNobody knows what triggers it. They just get wild and become uncontrollable, but leave it to Mr. Kutsero, the rig driver. He knows exactly what to do.Iligan TartanillaWhen the horse refused to move, Mr. Kutsero cajoles the horse in hopes that he can move him to proceed to your destination. If the driver cant control the horse, passengers leave and he is not paid. That is bad business for Mr. Kutsero.Anyways, cruel it may seem, the driver has to use the whip to discipline the horse. So, when the horse goes crazy, Mr. Kutsero reminds you to keep calm and trust him to bring the horse back to its senses.Iligan TartanillaIll be honest with you; I was scared of walking on the street beside one. I was scared the horse would suddenly turn in my direction and smack me! Or be kissed by a horse with a mouth full of frothy saliva.So either you are kissed or are kicked; not pretty choices I must say. The only good thing that could come out of this if the horse turns into a prince. But, the last time I remember, only frogs turn into princes!Time to Say Goodbye to Mr. KutseroBut STOP! Not So Fast.Saying goodbye to Mr. Kutsero may come soon enough but for now enjoy the Iligan tartanilla as they show off during the citys Independence Day Parade, Alimyon Flower Festival, andAdlaw sa Iligancelebrations.</p> <p>Alimyon FestivalGradually you have seen these kalesas being restricted to roads less traveled. And eventually younger generation would only learn of the tartanilla from history books and stories told by their lola and lolo (grandmother and grandfather).Imagine having the chance to return to Iligan not a tartanilla in sight. I dont know about you, but I could still hear that soundclikity clakclikity clakclikity clak</p> <p>-----------------------Way before the jeepney, the Iligan tartanilla or "kalesa" (horse-drawn carriage) was the Philippines' king of the road. This is only available at Iligan's Old Road from Ubalda de Laya Ext through Brgy. Tambacan</p> <p>The route w...</p>