A second glance at Tagaytay City, Philippines
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..
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