By Anthony Giron
Tagaytay, Cavite — Thousands of tourists are celebrating Valentine’s Day in this ridge city, dubbed by many as “The Love Capital,” with the romantic breeze, the breathtaking view of Taal Volcano in Taal Lake, and the cozy diners and inns to make dating moments more intimate if not relaxed.
The beauty and splendor of the city, the cool climate and the serenity of the environment have made the city a place for family bonding or “stay-cation” for couples. The mystical view of Taal, the world’s smallest volcano, and its surrounding lake, has a magic or charm that makes people extend their stay or keep coming back.
Many visitors say it’s during their time in Tagaytay when feelings are best expressed – a perfect place to say “I love you.”
Feast of Love
This is why the celebration of Valentine’s Day has become part of the city tradition with the local government holding the “Pista ng Pag-ibig” or “Feast of Love” from February 1 to 28.
It is the month when simple activities are cooked up to make every day a Hearts Day.
As Mayor Agnes D. Tolentino puts it, Tagaytay may be the city where Valentine’s is celebrated the longest in the country or where the so-called “Love Month” is faithfully observed.
Perhaps, influenced by this romantic city, nearby towns and cities also mark the month of February with the “kasalang bayan” or mass wedding of couples – another reason why Tagaytay has a good draw of newlyweds on Love Month.
For those who have not yet discovered the splendor of the city, Mayor Tolentino suggests the most frequently visited areas where couples can be couples and where families can enjoy together.
Among many others, these tourist spots are the Picnic Grove Complex in Barangay Sungay East; the People’s Park in Dapdap West and East; the Sky Ranch Amusement and Recreation Park in Kaybagal South; the Tagaytay Zoo and Zoo in Residence Inn in Maitim II West; its sister Paradise Zoo (Paradizoo) in Mendez-Nunez town; and the so-called One Destination Area, or the “sky city strip” of restaurants and bars along Aguinaldo Highway.
Also being visited in the city are churches, convents and seminaries and villages.
Taking your date out to dine is not a problem in the city as Tagaytay may be one of the cities in the country with the most number of dine-in establishments.
There ara hundreds of amusement centers, cozy and simple restaurants, which serve “bulalo” and other native food and foreign dishes. The host of hotels, inns and resorts also offer great food and coffee shops. Malls are also within reach.
Safe and secure
The city police have assured peace and order in this City of Love with preparations in place for an influx of visitors this month.
There are also traffic advisories for Valentine’s Day and in all weekends of February.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) said that Tagaytay has been the top tourist destination through the years in Region 4-A or Calabarzon (Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon) area precisely for its allure and the safety of travelers.
Reports showed that close to 2 million domestic and foreign tourists visit Tagaytay for sightseeing, relaxation and recreation year-round.