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Beyond the Taal Volcano - Tagaytay City

Tagaytay City is famous for its Taal Volcano, a smallest yet fierce volcano in the world. But the volcano is not the only interesting place to see in Tagaytay. The city has a lot to offer for people who have different penchants for pleasure.

Other nature sights include the 13-hectare Picnic Grove, a public park built by the Philippine Tourism Authority (PPA) with picnic areas and ponies for hire. Palace in the Sky is a half-finished structure originally intended for the late president Ferdinand Marcos. Now open to the public, it offers a 360-degree profile of Taal and its environs. It is also known as the People’s Park in the Sky.

The Residence Inn is also a picnic place with an added attraction. Here you will find a mini zoo with a collection of interesting fauna, a children’s playground, a souvenir shop, and seafood restaurant.

The Japanese Friendship Garden is a membership club located right below the Palace in the Sky. It offers high-end lodging, conference venues, a golf-course, and cable cars that will give you quite an experience.

Tagaytay also shas many retreat houses and congressional centers that it has earned the city another title: “Center of Spiritual Retreat.” Some of the religious centers here are the Lourdes Church along Aguinaldo Highway, also known as the city’s oldest public building; the Franciscan Sister’s gray chapel, and the St. Anne Shrine with a life-size statue of St. Anne and the child Mary. Inside the statue is a relic of the saint that is believed to heal people of their illness.

Another interesting spot is the Flower Farm located in Barangay Guinhawa, with fove hectares of flower varieties such as chrysanthemum, carnations, and roses; and the historical marking of the 11th Airborne Monument in Silang rotunda, the site of the first parachute landing in the Philippines of the US 8th army before the liberation of Manila.

How to Get There:
Tagaytay is an hour and a half travel by bus or car. The area could be reached from Metro Manila via the Coastal Road or the South Superhighway. If going through the South Superhighway, you can either take the Carmona or Sta. Rosa exits. BLTB buses from Pasay bound for Nasugbu or Balayan will also take you to Tagaytay City.
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Where to Stay:
Hotel accommodations at Taal Vista, Days Hotel, and the Club Estancia Resort. Several pension houses and fully-furnished appartelles can be found in the area.

Where to Eat:
Fine dining at popular restaurants like Gourmet Café, Dencio’s, and Angelino’s Seafood grill and restaurants can also be found along the ridge with a pretty good view of Taal.

 

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