10 Fun Facts About Tagaytay | In and Around Tagaytay

Tagaytay is a wonderful, magical place.  Metro Manila folk come here in droves over the weekend to come relax and take in the beautiful scenery and breathe in the crisp, cool air.  OFW professionals come home to get married here, and we see tourists of all sorts stopping by to visit as well.

Breathtaking view of Taal Lake from Balai Taal.  Photo by Abie Co-Floreza.
Breathtaking view of Taal Lake from Balai Taal. Photo by Abie Co-Floreza.

10 Fun Facts About Tagaytay

1.  Did you know Tagaytay is actually part of Cavite?  I initially didn’t know that.  I just thought Tagaytay City was Tagaytay and that was it.  Think of Cavite as Metro Manila– it’s a province, with towns and cities, with Tagaytay being the southernmost city of Cavite.

2.  The cool Tagaytay weather is mostly due to its location.  The city sits right on top of Tagaytay Ridge, some 600 meters above sea level.  In fact, the highest point is right where People’s Park in the Sky is located, which is on a mountain called Mt. Sungay.

3.  Surrounding Tagaytay City are the towns of Silang, Amadeo, Mendez, Indang and Alfonso to the North, and then you have the town of Laurel, Batangas to the west (which takes you to Calaruega, Nasugbu, etc.), and then you have Talisay to the east (that area of Tagaytay Highlands).

4.  Given the proximity to Metro Manila, and the climate of Tagaytay, you can expect a lot of people headed for Tagaytay on the weekends.  From Manila, there are three ways into Tagaytay:

  • the Tagaytay-Sta. Rosa Road from the South Luzon Expressway (which is usually the route by car), taking you through Silang and then into Tagaytay,
  • the Emilio Aguinaldo Highway coming from Roxas Boulevard and Coastal Road (which is usually the route via public transport), taking you through Bacoor, Imus, Dasmariñas, and Silang into Tagaytay,
  • and then you have the C. M. de los Reyes Ave. route, coming from Rosario, Cavite, taking you through General Trias (including the Gateway Business Park), Amadeo, right into Tagaytay City.

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5.  You get an awesome view of Taal Volcano, which– by the way– is an active volcano, with 33 recorded eruptions throughout history.  While the last one was in 1977, significantly increased seismic activity was last observed in 2010 and 2011.

6.  While you do get a picturesque view from atop Tagaytay ridge, Taal Volcano is not part of Tagaytay at all.  Taal Lake and Taal Volcano are officially part of Batangas (the town of Taal, to be exact).    In 2011, a proposal was made to have a Hollywood-style “Batangas” sign right on Taal Volcano.  Although Taal Volcano is part of a protected area covered by Republic Act 7586, let’s hope this never pushes through.

7.  Tagaytay is a popular both among locals and tourists, and so you have a lot going on as far as restaurants, hotels and resorts are concerned.  The best local delicacies include bulalo (a soupy stew made of beef shank, marrow bones and garden fresh vegetables), tawilis (a freshwater sardine that grows in Taal Lake, usually served deep-fried until it’s crispy), maliputo (a sort of freshwater mackerel that also grows in Taal Lake), and my personal favorite– Mushroomburger’s very own mushroom burger.

Mushroomburger Tagaytay has been around since 1978.  Photos from Allen Michael Gurrea, TripAdvisor and VisitPinas.com | renziebaluyut.com

8.  Tagaytay is also home to a lot of wedding venues; some have been around for quite some time, although many others just started operating within the last 3 or 4 years.  The wedding industy is very much active in Metro Tagaytay, making it one of the most popular destination wedding spots in the Philippines (right up there with Cebu and Boracay).

9.  Back in the day, a lot of the wedding suppliers would still come from Metro Manila, prompting out-of-town charges for Tagaytay weddings.  Now you have an entire industry of local wedding suppliers from caterers, to wedding planners/coordinators, florists, stylists, wedding cake merchants, lights-and-sounds professionals, photographers, musicians and more.  You even have Tagaytay wedding fairs going on a few times a year highlighting these local wedding businesses.

Renzie & Odessa's Wedding
Beautiful landscape shot with Odessa and her bridesmaids. Picture by Metrophoto.

10.  Tagaytay City is probably the cleanest tourist destination in the country.  In line with this, the City government has already banned the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags on dry goods, the use of styropor or styrofoam, and regulating the use of plastics on wet goods. So don’t expect to get plastic straws and cutlery with the combo meal you just bought for your quick lunch. Do bring an eco-friendly bag with you when you do your pasalubong shopping!

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