Trivia: Facts About Tagaytay
Tagaytay City is best known for its cool breezes and tourist attractions, such as a spectacular view of Taal Volcano. Apart from this, there is much more to this beautiful city than meets the eye of the casual tourist. Here are some facts which are nice to know about the coolest city in Cavite:
Although Taal Volcano is readily seen from the ridge of Tagaytay City, it is actually in a different province! Tagaytay City is located in Cavite, while Taal Volcano and Taal Lake are situated in Batangas.
Because of its thickly wooded environs, Tagaytay became a haven for Katipunero revolutionaries during the 1896 Philippine revolution. The Katipuneros from the towns of Masilao (now Amadeo), Malabon Grande (now Gen. Trias), Silang, Dasmarinas, Mendez, and Indang would seek cover in the rolling topography of Tagaytay, which soon became a passage for revolutionaries heading to and from Cavite to other nearby provinces.
Tagaytay has been a chartered city since June 21, 1938. This was declared by Commonwealth Act 338 under then President Manuel L. Quezon.
A marker in Tagaytay at the conjunction of the Silang-Canlubang-Nasugbu roads commemorates Tagaytay City’s role in the Liberation of Manila from Japanese occupation in 1945. It was here that the 11th Airborne Division of Lieutenants General William Krugers 8th Army airdropped vital supplies and military personnel that would help in the retaking of Manila and nearby provinces.
Tagaytay is divided into 34 barangays and has a population of approximately 71,181 persons according to the 2015 census.
The territory of Tagaytay stretches from Mount Batulao in the west, to Mount Sungay in the east. Mount Sungay, the location of the complex known as People’s Park in the Sky, is the highest point in the province of Cavite.
Tagaytay houses the Museo Orlina, a large gallery showcasing the works of Ramon Orlina, the internationally acclaimed glass sculptor. The museum also features a collection of Art Cars decorated by other artists such as BenCab and Elmer Borlongan.
Another must-see in Tagaytay is the Puzzle Mansion, which houses the largest collection of jigsaw puzzles, and has been featured in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The congregation that runs the often-visited Pink Sisters Convent is the Sister-Servants of the Holy Spirit of the Perpetual Adoration. This contemplative order instituted their first convent in the Philippines in Lipa, Batangas in 1923. The celebrated convent in Tagaytay dates back only as recently as 1990!
Tagaytay is a popular spot for weddings because of its beautiful vistas that form the backdrop of premium hotels and resorts such as Taal Vista, Summit Ridge Tagaytay and Crosswinds Resorts Suites. For couples who desire more traditional church weddings, Tagaytay has no shortage of churches and houses of worship such as the Our Lady of Lourdes Church and Tierra de Maria.
Although the famed Transfiguration Chapel and the Chapel on the Hill are easily accessible from Tagaytay, these popular venues for weddings are actually located in neighboring Batangas.
A dish Tagaytay is known for is bulalo, a hearty soup made from beef and marrow, which is perfect for the area’s crisp and chilly climate. A number of restaurants feature this stew, such as Bulalo Point, Balinsasayaw, and of course Josephine’s Restaurant.
A celebrated spot in Tagaytay, especially for weekend warriors, is the Sky Ranch Tagaytay, located right on the Tagaytay ridge. This features the Sky Eye, which is the country’s largest Ferris Wheel. The Sky Eye stands at 63 meters or 207 feet at its highest point.
The famed Taal Vista Lodge, one of the area’s oldest hotels, was built by the Zamora family to be similar to the Manila Hotel. This was part of Manuel L. Quezon’s plan to develop Tagaytay as a tourist destination.
Tagaytay has several “sister cities” both locally and internationally. These include the Philippine cities of Legazpi, Baguio City, Bacolod, Murcia, Iriga, Palayan, and San Nicolas, as well as Manningham in Victoria, Australia, Las Vegas in Nevada and Rohnert Park in California, USA, and Tainan in Taiwan.
These are only a few tidbits of Tagaytay’s rich and colorful culture and history. All of these make Tagaytay more than just a weekend escape, and into a true haven for the urban Filipino.