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7 Things To Do In Tagaytay This Nippy Weekend

We'll never get tired of this weekend destination!

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Original Article: Katherine Lopez & Kathleen Valle Photography: Tala Singson (Main Photo)

When you want to get away from the heat (and muck) of Metro Manila, even just for a weekend, Tagaytay is one of the top-of-mind destinations. The strip of restaurants and hotels along the ridge makes for a relaxing retreat, what with the view of Taal Lake and the cool weather. Recreational spots like the Picnic Grove, People’s Park in the Sky, Tagaytay Highlands, and the Sky Ranch have also attracted more visitors in the area.

Tagaytay also played an important role in history, as its forests served as refuge to Filipino fighters during the 1896 Philippine Revolution. During the Japanese colonial period, personnel and military supplies were airdropped on February 3, 1945 to secure the province. This was also crucial in the liberation of Manila from Japanese troops.

With this significance, Tagaytay undoubtedly carries a piece of Philippine history and a lot of culture. So take a tour of the different cultural, design, and artistic spots tucked in its quiet streets and corners, and see this old destination in a new light.

Lounge and snuggle at Raffi’s Way


This architecturally stunning, organic-modern vacation hideaway is a destination unto itself. If you find it too cold to go swimming in the magnificent pool, then snuggle in the main living room that has an enormous picture window that overlooks a fantastic view of Taal Lake and the volcano. The house can be booked for big families.

132 Talisay Road, Tagaytay City, or click here to book

Visit a glass artist’s museum


Marvel at the creations of master glass sculptor Ramon Orlina at his eponymous museum. Museo Orlina, which is composed of three levels named after his daughters, also showcases the artist’s works using other media, like stainless steel and bronze. There is also an amphitheater, where various performance artists and dancers would hold shows.

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Hollywood Subdivision Road, Brgy. Tolentino East, Hollywood Subdivision, Tagaytay City; or visit their website

Book a staycation at a container van hotel


Eco Hotel doesn’t disappoint with its latest branch of artsy-sustainable accommodations (their other hotels are in Batangas, Panglao, and El Nido). The “environmentally responsible” hotel uses container vans for the structure of the hotel and rooms, and the furniture and finishes of the interiors are made of up-cycled pinewood, bottles, metal pipes, and other scrap materials.

SVD Road corner Tagaytay-Calamba Road, Tagaytay City, or click here for more info

Go tripping at the best model house we’ve seen


If you’re looking at owning a house in Tagaytay, you might want to visit Mañosa Properties’ Tago community, which is tucked along a quiet strip of Bonifacio Drive. It has the best model house we’ve seen, designed in Mañosa style of Filipino architecture and green design.

Bonifacio Drive, Tagaytay-Nasugbu Road, Silang, Cavite; or visit their website

Do a visita iglesia at Our Lady of Lourdes


This church’s simple, white façade set against a backdrop of blue sky evokes peace. Its spacious interior is not only ideal for praying, but also lets you appreciate the church’s details, such as the stained glass windows that filter the sunlight.

Along Tagaytay-Nasugbu road

Don’t forget to buy fruits and plants!


Want to bring home a bunch of freshly picked pineapples? Care to try your hand at growing a few pots of geraniums? Or perhaps you fancy adding a wooden bench to your balcony? You can’t miss the many outdoor stalls that line the roads.

Almost everywhere along the Tagaytay-Sta. Rosa Road

Rediscover old favorites


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You won’t run out of dining options in Tagaytay, and there’s a reason why we always go back to the old standards: good food, and amazing ambiance. Wake up to a healthy breakfast at popular bed-and-breakfast place Sonya’s Garden, book a date at Antonio’s, enjoy Mediterranean fare at Marcia Adams, dine amidst lush landscaping at the romantic Moon Garden, or indulge in coffee and comfort food at Bag of Beans.

This article originally appeared in the October 2014 issue of Real Living magazine.

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