With summer come skyrocketing temperatures, high humidity and a scorching sun that can be too much to handle sometimes. Considering that the Philippines is a tropical country, it can get incredibly hot during the summer. There are times where Metro Manila can experience temperatures that hit 37.7 degrees Celsius – maybe the recorded temperature so far.
There are many people who temporarily leaving the metro and visit provinces to feel a little breeze or to literally cool off a little. One of the most favorite Philippine travel destinations among tourists and weekenders that’s not that far from Manila would have to be Tagaytay.
Just a 2-hour drive away from Manila, the name is derived from a Filipino term that means ‘ridge’, it features hills and mountains covered with forests and grasslands. It’s one of the top tourist destinations that shouldn’t be left out when exploring the Philippine archipelago. A mix of the high elevation and lush greenery contributes to the region’s cool weather.
Some of the most iconic spots in Tagaytay are the iconic view of the Taal Lake and Taal Volcano in the nearby Batangas province. Aside from that, here are some of the scenic destinations you can visit in Tagaytay:
People’s Park in the Sky
Located on top of Mt. Sungay, the highest point in Cavite, People’s Park was originally a part of a mansion commissioned by former First Lady Imelda Marcos, ambitiously dubbed as the Palace in the Sky in 1981. With the end of the Marcos regime in 1986, the mansion was left unfinished and was opened to the general public as a park.
Tagaytay Picnic Grove
Just like People’s Park in the Sky, the Picnic Grove has a viewing deck where visitors can take photos of the volcano and the lake that surrounds it. Daytime tourists also have an option to rent tables, huts and pavilions. Those staying overnight may stay at the nearby hostel.
In addition, a zipline station and cable cars are some extra attractions you may try at the Picnic Grove.
Tierra de Maria
If you’re looking for a perfect place of meditation and a place for spiritual healing, Tierra de Maria is the best place to go.
The place is well-known for its 50-foot tall gigantic statue of the Virgin of Manaoag. At the foot of the statue, visitors can find a wishing well with candle holders. In addition, the place has a shrine that houses a smaller replica of the virgin and offers a fish spa as a service there.
As the name suggests, the museum showcases the artistry of world-renowned glass artist, Ramon Orlina, a pioneer and the foremost practitioner of glass sculpture in the Philippines.
Museo Orlina also features the works of other artists in a variety of media aside from glass, and has a coffeeshop on the roof deck if you want to have a sip of coffee after touring the place.
There you have it; these are just some of the Philippine tourist attractions you can visit when you’re exploring the wonders of Tagaytay. Remember to spend your summer outdoors instead of being cooped up indoors. But most of all, have fun and make it memorable.