BATANGAS & TAGAYTAY - Trekking Tips
Travel Tips in Tagaytay City + Trekking
Taal Volcano is reputed to be the world's smallest and yet most active.
It stands on its own island amid a landscape of ash and cinder. Batangas/Tagaytay, considered as the country's second summer capital because of its crisp and cool climate all year around, is a treasure box of pleasure points by itself. At nightfall, one sees the lake sparkle with the pinpoint lights of fishing boats. It is a perfect picnic spot. Here, the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Philippine Tourism Authority built Picnic Groove, a public park in the city which generates public patronage through user fees and the sale of low priced goods, thus contributing to the industrial growth of Bantangas/Tagaytay regions
Tagaytay, however, is more than a picnic haunt. The place has given rise to many congregational houses and retreat centers. It is also conductive to spiritual meditation, that is earned yet another title for being the "Center of Spiritual Retreat."
Thus, the masterpiece of nature that is Tagaytay and the Taal Volcano, is a not to be a missed item in a tourist itinerary. It should always include a visit to the Volcano Island, and its enumerable side spots.
Other Tourist Attractions
The Shrine houses the remains and personal belongings of the late revolutionary hero and "Brains of the Katipunan," Apolinario Mabini. Mabini is known as the "Sublime Paralytic" who, despite his physical handicap, fired nationalism in the Filipinos and urged them to unite, with the sheer power of his writings. He wrote fiery articles against Spanish atrocities in revolutionary papers. His writings and memorabilia are kept here. His tomb lies in the middle of the site where a replica of the house where he was born also stands.
Location : Barrio Talaga, Tanauan
How to get there : Located about seven kilometers from the town proper of Tanauan and can be reached in an hour and 15 minutes' drive from Manila. Upon reaching the market area, one can turn to A. Mabini avenue leading to Barangay Talaga. The Shrine is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except during holidays. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
Travel Time: Approximately 15 minutes from the town proper.
Casa de Segunda Katigbaksegunda is declared by the National Historical Commission as a heritage house for having harbored generations of artists, poets, and persons of learning and distinction. Location: 198 Calle Rizal, Lipa City
The personal property of the family of the late President Jose P. Laurel, it was donated to the Philippine Government as a historical site and public library. The library is open
Jose P. Laurel Memorial Library every day from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Location: A. Mabini Ave., Tanauan
Built in 1890, it is one of the earliest lighthouses that still function up to this date. Since it was constructed, no running ship has ever run aground.
Punta de Santiago Lighthouse Location: Calatagan
How to get there: The lighthouse can be reached by taking a jeepney from the town proper of Catalagan.
Travel time: 40 minutes through semi-rough road.
Originally designed to be the presidential guest house of former president Ferdinand Marcos, this complex was not completed. It is, however, now open to the public as a vantage area for viewing a
Palace In The Sky360 degree profile of Taal Volcano. It is within the Tagaytay environs.
Location: Tagaytay City.
How to get there: The place is a short drive from the Aguinaldo Highway in Tagaytay City.
Travel time: 15 minutes' drive from Aguinaldo Highway.
The Flower Farm
On a windy slope of a hill in Tagaytay City sprawls a flower farm that keeps Manila abloom whole year round. The five-hectare flower farm has many varieties of flowers such as chrysanthemums with assorted colors, gerberas, carnations, roses, and anthuriums.
Location : Barangay Guinhawa, Tagaytay City.
How to get there: From Tagaytay City, the farm is a brief 10-minute drive from the Aguinaldo Highway.
St. Anne's Shrine
The shrine is a small garden where a grotto of the Virgin Mary stands. The shrubbery and flowers are well-trimmed and well-cared for. There is even a small grass clearing in front of the grotto which is conducive to quiet a reflection.
Location: Barangay Sungay, Tagaytay City
How to get there: From Manila, take BLTB buses that pass by Barangay Silang Crossing to the Tagaytay Marker. Here, one can alight to take a utility jeep leading to the Barangay Sungay where the gate of the Shrine can be spotted along the road.
Travel time: About 2 hours' drive from Manila.
Tagaytay City Location
How to get there: The area could be reached from Metro Manila via the Coastal Road or the South Superhighway. BLTB buses from Pasay, Metro Manila having a destination signboard of Nasugbu or Balayan ply the route passing Tagaytay City. If going through the South Superhighway, take the Carmona exit and drive down through Silang up to the entrance of Tagaytay City.
Travel time: 1 1/2 to 2 hours' drive from Manila.