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Month: September 2013

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Henry Rollins: The One Decision that Changed My Life Forever

Legendary punk pioneer Henry Rollins describes the seminal moment when he decided to leave his job as manager of Haagen Dazs to become the lead singer of Black Flag.

On Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins is an American musician, writer, journalist, publisher, actor, radio host, comedian, and activist. Henry is probably best known as the lead singer of the 80s hardcore punk band “Black Flag”. When the band broke up in the mid-80s, he set up his own record label and publishing company. Since then, he’s also done work for TV and film, comedy and voiceover-work. He is now hosting a radio show and doing speaking tours.

Big Think

(From their About Me page) Big Think is the leading knowledge company for the knowledge economy. We make people and companies smarter, faster through access to e-learning from world-renown visionaries and teachers at

Check out other great videos on the Big Think official YouTube channel.

Get Shit Done

“Get Shit Done” is a series of posts here on Renzie Baluyut Online, focusing on lifehacks as well as tips on creativity, productivity, time management, innovation, leadership, and other nuggets of wisdom inspiration to nudge you ever-forward towards accomplishing what you have to do, and much more.

In & Around Tagaytay, with Renzie Baluyut

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 |

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!

Useful Tagaytay Links

Our Family Portrait Photoshoot Session

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Odette & Myself:

The Del Rosario Family: Ate Rona, Kuya Russell and Bianca

Pam’s Portrait Shots:

Lani & Praveen’s Photos:

Our Other Tagaytay Wedding Photo Galleries

So many photos!  Have a look at our other Tagaytay wedding photo galleries.  Shots by Team Metrophoto (except one set from The Lucky Dog studio).

Special Thanks To:

  • Ninang Marilyn
  • Oly Ruiz and Team Metrophoto
  • Leo Posadas
  • Mel Orlina
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Our Tagaytay Wedding Portraits from Metrophoto

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Our official Tagaytay Wedding Photos finally arrived a couple weeks back from Metrophoto, and my wife and I are thoroughly pleased with what we got from Oly Ruiz’s team.

I’m not the kind of person who gets photographed on a regular basis, so on the day of our church wedding, I felt just a little strange with a team of photographers, videographers and wedding coordination-folk pretty much shadowing my every move.  Nevertheless, they were all a likeable lot, and did their best to be as unobtrusive and as pleasant as possible.

Oly himself was around to supervise the Metrophoto team (which I think had three shooting units, plus a number of support staff), really making the most of the great weather we were having in Tagaytay that day, as well as the awesome views the countryside had to offer.

Our Tagaytay Wedding Portraits

Odette’s Solo Shots

Renzie’s Solo Shots

Read more about our lovely Tagaytay wedding here.

Our Other Tagaytay Wedding Photo Galleries

So many photos!  Have a look at our other Tagaytay wedding photo galleries.  Shots by Team Metrophoto (except one set from The Lucky Dog studio).

About Metrophoto

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(Taken from the Metrophoto website)

Oly Ruiz is a wedding photographer who is based in Manila, Philippines but also travels around the world regularly to cover wedding in all types of cultures and destinations. He is the owner and photographer of Metrophoto. Studied in the country’s best university and then finished on top of his MBA class, he is accustomed to excellence and in bringing out and providing nothing but the best. An engineer then a banker by profession, he has now shifted his focus in creating the best possible wedding experience – not just photographs – to a limited number of couples every year.

For further details and inquiries:

Numbers: (+632) 456.1114
Showroom: The Wedding Lounge, G/F RFM Center, Pioneer Cor. Sheridan Sts. Mandaluyong City

For a list of our other wedding vendors, click here.

In & Around Tagaytay, with Renzie Baluyut

Taal Volcano & Taal Lake | In and Around Tagaytay

Appreciating the majestic view from Tagaytay Ridge, with Renzie Baluyut.

Looking out from Tagaytay City, you catch a glorious view of the world-famous Taal Volcano and Taal Lake.  Though they’re technically part of Batangas (rather than Tagaytay, Cavite), the lake and volcano of Taal is closely associated with the renowned Tagaytay scenery.

Here’s a lovely video put together by Andre Heroux, as he spent some time in Taal Vista Hotel, Leslie’s and People’s Park In The Sky.

How well do you think you know our second summer capital? Read up on our 10 Fun Facts about Tagaytay.

Andre Heroux

Andre Heroux is a native of Longueuil City, in the Province of Quebec, Canada.

He’s made a trip to the Philippines a couple of times, and while he lived a few months in Metro Manila, he’s been able to travel around the country, documenting his trips to places such as Puerto Galera, Subic, Taal Lake, Coron, Palawan, among others.

You can view his collection of videos on his very own YouTube channel.

In And Around Tagaytay

With its cooler climate and proximity to Metro Manila, Tagaytay continues to be a popular destination among tourists and locals.

In And Around Tagaytay showcases the best Tagaytay has to offer– from hotels and resorts, to restaurants and wedding suppliers– through a collection of videos, articles, lists and photos, some of which we’ve put together ourselves, others we’ve curated from various sources online.

Check out our growing list of Tagaytay restaurants you might want to check out.

I am fortunate enough to call Tagaytay home these days.  My business endeavors service the Tagaytay market.  It is my goal to fill you in on what you can do in the Philippines’ second summer capital, whether you’re spending time with family, getting married, or showing some friends around.

Pics From Our Tagaytay Wedding, Part 3 of 3

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