Redefining Tagaytay

This place may not dance with the clouds, but it sings along the echo of the nature’s vastness. At any point in time, you can find yourself staring down at the perfect serendipity of the Creator’s craftsmanship telling you that this, far away from the city’s clamor, is a balcony of your home.

Photo Credit: Knot Martinez

For all we know, Tagaytay is a high-altitude town of Cavite that overlooks the majestic Taal Volcano of Batangas. It literally sits on a ridge that stretches to about 32 kilometers from Mt. Batulao to the west of Mt. Masungay! Enough of geography though, I would like to share my personal accounts during an unplanned road trip with my best buddies.

We came from a tiresome mountain hike in Batangas, ready to go home in Tanza, Cavite only to be captivated by the invitation of Tagaytay. That time, the ambient temperature dropped to 15 °C. It was so irresistible that we even went to Picnic Grove to lie on its slopes of green grass. The winds cradled us to a short nap as we lay our blankets on and listen to the chirping birds above the trees. We woke up after one and a half hours but our body felt as though we’ve been only slouching for 30 minutes! Luckily, all of our belongings are still intact and complete! But wait, you have to prepare just a minimal amount of Php50 for the entrance fee.

A lot has happened inside the Picnic Grove since I visited it last 15 years ago with my family! Yes, 15 years! It is now jam-packed with a lot of activities that will hypnotize you to forget about the time. Popular among kids and teens is the horse-back riding that costs Php150 for 30 minutes. Groggy and hungry, we still tried this one and guess what? We were bouncing our body off all throughout the ride because who else wouldn’t? It’s so hard to balance at the back of the horse, let alone focus on the trail.

And oh, who would want to miss the adrenaline rush of a Zipline? Not us! Since it’s weekdays, we had experienced the two-way ride for Php400 each. For those who have no guts to fly alone or in pair at the top of a 300ft high, 250 meter long zipline, a cable car is available if that makes you feel safer. After that we were really on our way to find some good food to munch but again the Fish Spa caught our attention because why not? Who wouldn’t want to be tickled by the doctor fish while your dirts are being removed from your feet for only Php200 in 1 hour? It goes with a free massage afterwards.
The day wouldn’t be complete without us eating somewhere else. Just in front of Picnic Grove are an endless array of restaurants and carinderias for an affordable price and a sumptuous meal. We tried a resto named Bulalo Point where the hero of the dishes is… bulalo of course! A bowl costs Php280. Watch out for the cholesterol content if you have a high blood pressure, though. Guilty pleasure, as they say. Now that our stomachs are filled up, we finally went on to continue our road trip going back home. We could have stopped along the way to visit the Sky Ranch, Puzzle Mansion, and People’s Park, but we have to admit this day doesn’t last forever and we have to take a rest.

Sky Ranch, Tagaytay

Tagaytay has an endless variety of places to try and pay a visit to, as it is now commercialized and opened for tourism unlike before. However, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to taste Tagaytay. You just need a random crazy foot that will lead you to the corners here that no money can ever pay off – the wonders of nature.

If you are planning to stay there for a night or two, be sure to visit Traveloka’s list of hotels in Tagaytay.

Edneil Jocusol is a 25 year old engineering grad who is currently working in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. This creative artist sings, plays different musical instruments, acts, climbs mountains, teaches music/vocals, writes and many more.  You can visit his site Faith Capsule, where he blogs to inspire people all over the world what it feels like to have Christ in life.
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43 thoughts on “Redefining Tagaytay

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  2. Tagaytay is one of our happy places to visit. My boys love it when we tell them we are They love Picnic Grove’s Zipline and Sky Ranch’s various rides. We all enjoy Tagaytay’s cool climate and food offerings. There are a lot of.diners around offering various meals. Plus of course, this mom loves bulalo.while my mother would always ask.for tawilis.

    1. I have yet to discover some of the other bulalo houses there. I love Tagaytay’s cool weather and it’s a go to place to relax that is near the city. 🙂

  3. Oh, how I miss Tagaytay!
    The first time I went there was in 1996; and the 2nd time was in 2012.
    Did you visit Bag of Beans? It’s a restaurant and a cafe. They have lots of goodies (pangpasalubong).
    Also, try the Mushroomburger. 🙂

    1. Haven’t tried both, but I’ve heard of those. 🙂 We always go to the one beside Yellowcab, I think it’s Cliffside & the famous RSM. 🙂

  4. We celebrated our 11th anniversary last year in Tagaytay. We visitied Picnic Grove, Leslie’s and Bag of Beans. We love Bag of Beans! Too bad our plan to stay at Keni Po Hotel did not push through because of a minor accident. Your post makes me want to see Tagaytay again ❤

  5. Whenever we go to Batangas or Laguna (or even Cavite), we can’t help but think of also going to Tagaytay. I would love to visit this place again this year. I actually have a voucher in One Tagaytay Place as a prize from my client. We planned on using it last January for our wedding anniversary sana kaso nasabayan kami biglaang move-out. Baka this February na lang or March. Otherwise (since lumalaki na ang tyan ko due to pregnancy), baka sa June na lang before the voucher expires. With our toddler and baby na. 🙂

  6. I really wanna visit Tagaytay in the future. I wanna try horseback riding and the zipline! How far is it from Manila? Pwede ba mag commute?

    1. Oo. So accessible from Manila. There’s a bus from Manila to Tagaytay. I used to find them along Baclaran. 🙂 Mabilis lang lalo na pag di traffic.

  7. Our happy place! 🙂 We went there last October before I started my regular work-from-home stint. It’s always a great place to visit all year round just to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

  8. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Picnic Grove too. More than 15 years pa nga haha. And I was there to accompany some lovebirds friends of mine. Last time we were in Tagaytay, we took the kids to the nearest zoo to Taal Vista Lodge. It was all we could do because our car was conking out on us. It was a miracle we even got home. I’ve not been to Sky Ranch. Soon!

  9. There are actually a lot of places to enjoy now in Tagaytay. This is one of my favorite destinations not just during summer, because aside from the fact that it is just an hour drive from our place, nature is very rich around Tagaytay.

  10. We’ve dined at Bulalo Point twice already. Bulalo is really a must have when in Tagaytay. The best ones, I believe, are the ones at the Mahogany Market. 🙂

  11. Ahh..Tagaytay on my mind. The chilly air of this place is itself very hypnotic. Great photos and nice of you to share your spontaneous but memorable activities.

  12. Ahh..Tagaytay on mind. Like you, I love random things and spontaneity. There is always charming about Tagaytay- the chilly weather and great views. Worth your time always.

  13. You will never really get tired of visiting this place over again. I have been there only a few times, but I would love to go back. I look forward to visiting Taal Volcano’s crater and checking out new attractions around the city. Hopefully, we can go there this year! 🙂

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