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A second glance at Tagaytay City, Philippines

Updated on May 7, 2012

I can't remember the last time I was there

But I am sure I was in my early 20s and just in my early years of working in my first job. I went there with my college friends and we even hired a jeepney that can bring us everywhere in Tagaytay, but sadly the only place that I remember is the Picnic Grove.

After more than a decade I returned to the place this time with officemates for a teambuilding activity. The place is crowded, looks like the people love to feel the summer air in Tagaytay, it was not cold but the air is more refreshing epecially in the afternoon until dawn.

The Mahogany Market

Tagaytay is well known for its beef production industry, they said you can buy the best quality beef in the Mahogany market at a very reasonable price. My officemate who is a frequent visitor in Tagaytay said the Beef from Tagaytay is the best, not the usual beef that you can buy in any ordinary market especially in urban area. If you go to Tagaytay, better not to miss the Mahogany market, it does not only sell quality beef but also a taal lake product like Tawilis, whether dried or smoked, Pineapple fruits from Tagaytay are also known for its sweetness, all of those you can also buy at a cheaper price.

Views from the Picnic Grove

Tagaytay is also well-known for this Picnic Grove. Obviously this place encourages families or visitors to bring food with them and eat them in one of the cottages which provided a full view of the fascinating Taal Lake. The cool wind and fresh atmosphere added to the pleasure of eating delicious foods with love ones.

Picnic grove is also a place where visitors can rent a horse and ride it with the supervision of the professional care taker. There is also a booth there with Python and Crocodile, visitors can have photos with them and pay in a very reasonable amount. Restaurants were also built to cater to those who did not bring food with them... at the lower part of the grove, one cottage has this group that provided massage services with a reasonable fee also.

The entrance fee in the Picnic Grove is only 50 pesos per head. What a small amount to pay with so many things to enjoy. But what I love the most is the cool fresh air in the afternoon, when the sun is about to set....making me wish for a special someone even for that time being only...hahaha

Views from People's Park

People's Park is formerly known as the palace in the sky. The place can be a potential tourist spot but I guess the Local Government of Tagaytay will need to spend more to improve the place. I really hope they are planning to improve the place, it can be a good venue for a wedding reception or any other events,

But anyway, People's park is probably the highest part in Tagaytay, that is why it was previously known as Palace in the sky ... True enough, it's like you are closer to the sky when you go to highest Terrace like building. From there you can almost witness the beauty of nature and the enticing province of Tagaytay. From the top you will enjoy the cool winds kissing your face and brushing your hair. In spite of obvious imperfection of the place, still people go there to have their photos taken, to enjoy the views, and to feel the air that you just can't feel anywhere especially if you are from Manila.

I have seen one store there that sells hotdog and drinks. My officemates and I had our photo with this huge pythons that is 9 years of age. My boss paid for it so sorry if I can't tell how much it would cost to have a photo with the 9ft python. I will update this hub once I've got the chance to ask my boss..

Short stay

I only stayed in Tagaytay overnight, that I haven't had enough time to visit places like Paradisoo or Tagaytay zoo and even the Tagaytay Highlands.... But I know I will go back to this place again someday, and when that time comes I'l make sure I will stay longer....

But with the beauty of nature that fed my eyes, I feel like I have travelled long enough... See you soon Tagaytay


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      Maria Cecilia 5 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Mona, it's my favorite place now... nice to see you again

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 5 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Cel,

      Tagaytay is Ed's and my favorite place on earth:)

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      Maria Cecilia 5 years ago from Philippines

      Unknown Spy, I went back to Tagaytay with cousins just like sunday, and I enjoyed it more.... I am working on next hub about it... Me too I want to spend a vacation there, with or without special someone LOL

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi Maricel. I love People's Park in the sky. I toured Tagaytay last 2008 and revisited it again 2011. I love it and want to spend a vacation on this place sometimes.

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      Maria Cecilia 5 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for visiting Anusujith, Palace in the sky actually not a place to stay in, you just go there to enjoy the views from the top, and to enjoy the fresh air too...Hope you can come to the Philippines and visit the place...Goodluck to you and thanks for following.

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      Anoop Aravind A 5 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

      Great pictures... Beautiful place... Love to be there. May god bless you to stay in palace in the sky for a long time.