Tagaytay is about three hours drive from Manila and It’s a favorite place to go unwind to during weekends because of its proximity to Manila and it’s cool climate as it is situated at “many feet” above sea level (bit lower than Baguio) and the highways around Tagaytay offers breathtaking view of nearby Taal Volcano and it’s surrounding lake.

I went there two times in the past year, the first was when we took some photographs around and the later was after the beach outing with some office mates.

Places we went were Sonya’ Garden, a place surrounded by a lush garden with flowers you don’t normally see in the big city and for about 500 per plate you get to dine their menu for the day, what we had that day was pasta accompanied by different sauce (don’t ask me what kinds),vegetable and fruit salad.


Along the way you get a wonderful view of the countryside, It was raining that time, that plus the normally cool climate of Tagaytay really makes having coffee sounds like a nice idea.

Taken from inside the car, large aperture, focused on the raindrops
Taken from inside the car, large aperture, focused on the raindrops

What’s great about Tagaytay is you never ran out of places to stop for coffee and a decent meal, rows of establishments can be found along the roadside, “Bulalo” being one of my favorites.

We stopped for Starbucks here
We stopped for Starbucks here

Next stop, we dropped by Caleruega Church, which is actually already within Nasugbu, Batangas if i’m not mistaken. A popular choice for couples getting married because of its simple yet fascinating location which offers a tranquil view of the nearby mountains and atop a small hill and a stair leading up to it all creates a dreamlike setting.

If i win the lottery, I’d have my wedding here lol.
reminds me of "Platoon" Willem Dafoe's character
reminds me of "Platoon" Willem Dafoe's character

Taal Volcano and the lake is also visible during clear un-foggy days.

Other photos from another “passing through” Tagaytay.