By Anthony Giron
TAGAYTAY CITY, Cavite – There are more charming spots in Tagaytay, the so-called “City in the Sky” and with its panoramic view of Taal Volcano and Lake, which is considered one of the world’s wonders.
The sprawling 6,500-hectare ridge locality, situated about 2,700 feet above sea level, is the highest area with the most amazing scenes in Cavite.
Tagaytay became a chartered city in the Commonwealth period under President Manuel L. Quezon on June 21, 1938. The city had even been proposed to become the capital of the Philippines at that time.
A report said that General Emilio F. Aguinaldo had batted in his later years to make the city as the Philippines’ capital, as well as summer capital, citing its potential and strategic value.
During the revolution at the turn of the 20th century, the Tagaytay Ridge, with the Taal Volcano and Lake view, was a forest and marshland.
With recent developments, City Tourism and Cultural Development Officer Jelanne R. Mendoza said that there are now a number of additional “inner scene” attractions in Tagaytay that are open to everyone aside from the “One Strip-Destination” area and the overlooking view of the world’s smallest volcano and its surrounding lake.
Among the scenes are the “Garden City in the Sky” in Barangay Ginhawa, the “Resort Haven” and Sports Hub at Tagaytay Highlands and the “Little Vatican City of the Philippines,” referring to the city’s 70 Catholic churches, seminaries, convents and the retreat areas run by priests and nuns.
Other city spots are the farmlands and the historical areas.
The “Garden City,” a one-of-a-kind in the province, is an area that showcase different flower kinds while Tagaytay Highlands is the city’s “Luxurious Area in the Sky.”
Tagaytay Highlands offers resorts and sports areas.
The religious areas include the Sister-Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration in Barangay Maitim II East where one can ask for prayer request through the intercession of the contemplative nuns; the Our Lady of Lourdes and Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish Churches in Barangays Silang Crossing West and Sungay West, respectively; and the Our Mother of Fair Love area in People’s Park.
Another attraction is the 15-year-old Saint Michael the Archangel statue at the Centrum Rotunda near the City Hall Building, It is acclaimed as the biggest St. Michael image in Cavite being more than 30 feet in height.
Tourism Officer Mendoza said that the frequently visited public and private establishments are the Picnic Grove Complex, People’s Park in the Sky, the Puzzle Mansion, Sky Ranch Amusement and Recreation Park, and the Residence Inn and Zoo, Museo Orlina, City Government Lakbay-Aral or Libraries and Desks and the Our Lady of the Manaoag at Tierra de Maria.
Mendoza said that there were 2,641,447 tourists who visited the eight establishments alone from January to June this year which was 1,142,413 more as compared to those recorded during the same period in 2018 with 1,499,034.
Data showed that the number of visiting tourists in the areas from January to December 2018 totaled 4,216,403.
Tagaytay is the top tourist destination city in Region IV-A through the years.
Tagaytay, dubbed as the City for All Occasions, virtually have everything for tourists and residents. The city has restaurants and simple eateries that serves the best foods, as well as hotels and recreation areas for everyone.
Mendoza said that there are about 466 business establishments that tend to tourists and residents in the city.
The tourist influx to the city was attributed to the good climate and environment, good characters of the local citizens, peace and order, the serene and the scenic surroundings and proximity to the National Capital Region.
Tagaytay was the first and only city in Cavite to be declared as “drug-cleared” by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the National Police.
Mendoza said that Mayor Agnes D. Tolentino and her husband, Cavite 8th District Representative Abraham N. Tolentino, continued to improve further the city in terms of tourism.
Tagaytay is a must-see area for most tourists and city residents. A tourist’s visit is virtually not complete without visiting Tagaytay.
The mystical view of Taal volcano, and its surrounding lake keeps the visiting people, especially couples and families, returning to the city.
Some local and foreign folk say that Tagaytay ridge has the “magic” or charm that entice people to keep on coming back to the area