Tagaytay City was proclaimed as a chartered city by President Manuel L. Quezon in 1938. In 1992, Mayor Benjamin Erni built the iconic fruit arch marking the city's boundary. The city is further divided into 34 barangays. Tagaytay City is part of Cavite province in Luzon region.
So what makes Tagaytay City as the Philippines' 2nd summer capital and a constant weekend destination?
The iconic view of the Taal Lake and Volcano, where you can marvel at an active Volcano located in a lake. To make it more inviting, the volcano houses another lake within and that lake has an island within. Crazy you say? For all those who have not seen this natural wonder, you have to see for yourself as photographs would not give justice to this breathtaking panoramic landscape. The more you look at it, the more you are enticed by its charm. And the Tagaygay Ridge delivers 32 kilometers of vantage points from Mount Sungay, where the People's Park in the Sky was erected, to Mount Batulao in the west. As for Taal Volcano, there were recorded eruptions from the 1800s to the 20th Century. Even the 21st Century reported news of its brewing rim. The destructive force of this small volcano has killed more than 1,300 people when it erupted in 1911 and the ashes reached Manila.
As if the scenic view is not enough, add the cool crisp whip of air that envelops you 365 days of the year. Tagaytay City is characterized by abundant rainfall keeping its temperature low and its high elevation providing cooler days and nights particularly during the months of December to February.
Trudging the Aguinaldo Highway, it is only 55 kilometers away from Manila. Tagaytay City has become the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle. You may opt for a day tour savoring delicious dishes from various restaurants or find a relaxing respite overnight with the many boutique hotels mushrooming through the years. Finding an affordable room or luxury hotels is not a problem when in Tagaytay City.
Wonder where Tagaytay City found its name? Legend has it that the word Tagaytay originated from a folklore about a father and his son during a hunt. When divided into two words, Tagaytay would seem to come from "taga" which means to cut and "itay" meaning father. Locals say that the father with his son was on a wild boar hunt when the animal attacked the father and the boy repeatedly shouted "taga itay!" Story say that natives heard the boy's cry and became the subject of their talks for days.
Families bond through various activities. A constant scene are horse-back riding but these past couple of years, an exhilarating ride in the zipline has also become its major attraction.
Food should not be missed when in Tagaytay City. Dining in this bucolic ridge gives a different high - you savor sumptuous dishes amidst a stunning backdrop. Whether you feel like having English Pies for Breakfast, Indian cuisine to test your ability to name the spices used, to enjoying Greek food and feasting over heirloom recipes, Tagaytay restaurants will surely bring you to heightened senses.
Still not convinced that Tagaytay City is a must visit when in the Philippines? As they say, to see is to believe, might as well experience Tagaytay City for yourself.