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A popular destination, Tagaytay is has a mild climate and dramatic scenery.
The weather in Tagaytay is mild & average temperature is from 22 deg Celsius (71 F) to 25 deg Celsius (77 F). There are only two 'seasons', wet and dry.
The closest major airport is Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
via Sta.Rosa Road - Take the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) from Metro Manila and exit at Sta.Rosa-Tagaytay Exit. Upon paying and passing the toll plaza, turn right to Sta.Rosa Road. Go straight ahead til you reach Aguinaldo Highway. That road IS Tagaytay. To get to Rotonda, the most famous Tagaytay landmark, turn right.
You can take a bus from Pasay city straight to Tagaytay. It's about 55km and the journey lasts for 1-2 hours.
Mabini Shrine The Shrine houses the remains and personal belongings of the late revolutionary hero and "Brains of the Katipunan," Apolinario Mabini. Mabini is known as the "Sublime Paralytic" who, despite his physical handicap, fired nationalism in the Filipinos and urged them to unite, with the sheer power of his writings. He wrote fiery articles against Spanish atrocities in revolutionary papers. His wrtings and memorabilia are kept here. His tomb lies at the middle of the site where a replica of the house where he was born also stands. Location : Barrio Talaga, Tanauan How to get there : Located about seven kilometers from the town proper of Tanauan and can be reached in an hour and 15 minutes' drive from Manila. Upon reaching the market area, one can turn to A. Mabini avenue laeding to Barangay Talaga. The Shrine is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except during holidays. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Travel Time : Approximately 15 minutes from the town proper.
Casa de Segunda Katigbak The ancestral home of prominent Batangas family, the Casa is a typical "Bahay na Bato". It is Spanish Colonial yet tropical in ambiance. It was named after Segunda Katigbak, reputed to be the first love of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, the Philippines' national hero. Casa segunda is declared by the National Historical Commission as a heritage house for having harbored generations of artists, poets and persons of learning and distinction. Location : 198 Calle Rizal, Lipa City
Jose P. Laurel Memorial Library The personal property of the family of the late President Jose P. Laurel, it was donated to the Philippine Government as a historical site and public library. The library is open everyday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Location : A. Mabini Ave., Tanauan How to get there : The place is located in the town proper and can be reached by land. Upon reaching the town , turn to A. Mabini Road. The library is about 100 meters from the national road, jeepneys and tricycles service the area. Travel time : About 15 to 20 minutes' drive from the town proper.
Marcela N. Agoncillo Historical Landmark (National Landmark) The birthplace of Marcela N. Agoncillo who was known as the marker of the first official Filipino Flag during the Philippine revolution against the Spanish authorities. The different flags of the revolution are also prominently displayed. Location : Marcela Agoncillo St., Taal How to get there : One can take a bus or rented car from Manila to the town of Taal. Once at the town proper, one may take a tricycle to reach the place. Travel time : About 1 1/2 hours by car from Manila.
Punta de Santiago Lighthouse Built in 1890, it is one of the earliest lighthouses that still function up to this date. Since it was constructed, no running ship has ever ran aground. Location : Calatagan How to get there : The lighthouse can be reached by taking a jeepney from the town proper of Catalagan. Travel time : 40 minutes through semi-rough road.
Palace In The Sky Originally designed to be the presidential guest house of former president Ferdinand Marcos, this complex was not completed. It is, however, now open to the public as a vantage area for viewing a 360 degree profile of Taal Volcano. It is within the Tagaytay environs. Location : Tagaytay City. How to get there : The place is a short drive from the Aguinaldo Highway in Tagaytay City. Travel time : 15 minutes' drive from Aguinaldo Highway.
The Flower Farm On a windy slope of a hill in Tagaytay City sprawls a flower farm that keeps Manila abloom whole year round. The five-hectare flower farm has many varieties of flowers such as chrysanthemums with assorted colors, gerberas, carnations, roses, and anthuriums. Location : Barangay Guinhawa, Tagaytay City. How to get there : From Tagaytay City, the farm is a brief 10-minute drive from the Aguinaldo Highway.
St. Anne's Shrine The shrine is a small garden where a grotto of the Virgin Mary stands. The shrubbery and flowers are well-trimmed and well-cared for. There is even a small grass clearing in front of the grotto which is conducive to quite reflection. Location : Barangay Sungay, Tagaytay City How to get there : From Manila, take BLTB buses that pass by Barangay Silang Crossing to the Tagaytay Marker. Here, one can alight to take a utility jeep leading to the Barangay Sungay where the gate of the Shrine can be spotted along the road. Travel time : About 2 hours' drive from Manila.
There is a park at the overlook area above the Taal volcano. Worth the effort! About an hour from Manila, it is accessible by taxi, bus or privately owned vehicle.
The park is well kept and there are numerous picnic seats, tables or covered huts for daily hire.
You can take a 15 min outrigger boat ride to the volcano that is within the lake. As you head from Tagaytay city toward the lake, many touts may jump in front of your vehicle offering boat rides - they take a commission. If you know where to go, however, you can catch a boat directly from the boat owners. Once on the island you will be herded onto a donkey and driven up to the rim of the crater (around 30mins). It's a rather unpleasant, environmentally-damaging ride, but the view at the top is quite spectacular. The option of hiking to the top is not encouraged.
Philippine Adventures provides scenic city tours from Metro Manila to Tagatay with the option of catching a boat ride to Taal Volcano and hiking to the spectacular Taal Crater Lake. For further information email [email protected] or view www.philippineadventures.com
Small shops line the roadway as you come into the area, the vegetables and fruits available here are fresh and seemed to be very good quality.
Pasalubong (small gifts) gathered by the traveller in remembrance of, and for, friends is a strong Philippine tradition. No need to be extravagant, a small gift is considered to be most appropriate. Need help? Here's a hint... senorita bananas. About the size of a fat finger, they are sweet and have a rich texture. The area is also famous for its Buko Pie, which is a popular item.
There is also the Good Shepherd Convent (like the one in Baguio) and you can get your favorite Ube jam, pili, etc. In addition to that you can also get their buko pie for which Laguna/Cavite is known.
Coffee - Coffee shops are abundant in the city proper, some of the noted ones are Starbucks Coffee and Bag of Beans.
Mi-jo Hotel Tagaytay. Provides all the comforts and conveniences expected of a luxury hotel. Elegant and spacious architecture and fine furnishings in a tranquil and unobtrusive atmosphere for your pleasure. Filipino and American dishes are served in the Restaurant and for guests preferring a less formal start to the day, a breakfast selection can be served in the room. Prices starts at approximately $40. For more information, visit their website at www.mijohoteltagaytay.com
Keni Po - KENI PO rooms is located in the heart of Tagaytay. Offers the best rooms with competitive amenities that appeal to everyone at affordable prices. Prices starts at approximately $27. For more information, visit their website at keniporooms.blogspot.com
Tagaytay is a safe place, just drive carefully, you can trek anywhere, enjoy the views and have great foods there as they are many choices available.