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5 Reasons Why You Should Visit Tagaytay

There's more to see aside from Taal Lake


If you're looking for a quick getaway from the Metro, Tagaytay is one of the top-of-mind destinations. Aside from the usual landmarks and places to see, there's also a designer community, an art museum, and a couple of home stores that will surely give a new spin to your Tagaytay experience.

The city is officially located in the province of Cavite and is located 55km away from Manila. Tagaytay undoubtedly carries a piece of Philippine history and culture in it so make sure you visit it with friends and family soon!

When are you visiting? If you're currently planning your Tagaytay trip, here are 5 reasons and must-see places that will let you see this old destination in a new light.

Read the original article in the October 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

House Hunting: Tago

Tagô by Mañosa Properties

Dreaming of a home away from the metro’s chaos? Then consider Tagô, an exclusive community of 50 homes that all carry the Mañosa trademark: Filipino architecture and green design. 

Dino Mañosa, president of Mañosa Properties, says they wanted to take advantage of Tagaytay’s cool climate, so homes are designed to let sunlight and cool air in. 

Tago has two model houses: the Ara-al Home, and the Adobe Home. The Ara-al Home is open for viewing. Katherine Lopez

Click here to learn more about Tago.

Museum Visit: Museo Orlina

The Glass Museum: Museo Orlina

  • Hollywood Subdivision Road,
  • Brgy. Tolentino East, Hollywood Subd., Tagaytay City
  • Mobile 0906-434-0862
  • Tel. (046) 413-2581

Prominent sculptor Ramon Orlina has always been working with glass since his architecture days. He even used to paint on glass. 

The mastery of “cut, grind, smooth, and polish” technique has enabled the sculptor to broaden his stockpile of glass works of art, some of which are now housed at the three-storey Museo Orlina. 

The museum, which is composed of three levels that are each named after Orlina’s three daughters, also showcases the artist’s works using other media. 

In photo: The Sculpture Garden, where life-size works by Orlina, Ann Pamintuan, Lor Calma, and Arturo Luz are illuminated at night by the Olivia d’Aboville lamps hanging from the trees. — Kathleen Valle

Furniture Shopping: Matt Mason

Matt Mason Furniture

In deciding on a concept for furniture shop Matt Mason, owner Michael Yu knew that he wanted to offer something different from the usual kinds of wooden and woven furniture common in Tagaytay. “What we have here is modern contemporary-style, although we can still do ‘yung made of abaca kasi may mga naghahanap pa rin,” furniture specialist Gil Garcia shares.

Sofas generally made of German leatherette start at around P18,000. Upholstered accent chairs, which are some of the best-selling items, are at P12,000 and up. Lamps, mirrors, and wall clocks go for P4,000 to P16,000. Kathleen Valle

Tile Shopping: Malaga

Malaga Tiles

Malaga Tiles, registered under the name Habi Tiles, has been making handcrafted cement tiles for 15 years. The brand is proud of its quality, workmanship, and design.

Prices of Malaga’s items do not break the bank: P200 per piece for 20x20cm tiles, while 30x30cm tiles cost P450 apiece (both exclusive of VAT). Katherine Lopez

Family Bonding: More Places to See

Tagaytay Sky Ranch

It boasts the Sky Eye, considered as the tallest Ferris wheel in the country at 207 feet high. Other attractions include horseback riding and zip lining. Visit to learn more.

Photo by Cindy Dy.

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish

Aside from taking a moment to pray and reflect, take time to appreciate the church's details: like the colored glass windows, life-size religious statues, and the gold ornaments at the altar. Our Lady of Lourdes Parish is along the Tagaytay-Nasugbu Road.

Photo by Dairy Darilag.

Sonya's Garden

There are tons of dining options in Tagaytay but make sure you don't miss a hearty breakfast at well-loved bed-and-breakfast place Sonya's Garden. Visit their website to learn more.

Photo by Sunshine Funa.

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