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Tagaytay City: Center of Spiritual Retreat

September 23rd, 2014 · 21 Comments

Tagaytay

TagaytayThe crisp cool air blowing in from the sea that greets you as you step out of your vehicle is a welcomed and exciting prelude to the spectacular views that you will most likely never see elsewhere in the world. Perched on the highest point of Cavite Province 2,500 feet above sea level, Tagaytay is some 56 kilometers south of Manila overlooking Taal Volcano and Taal Lake on the south, Manila Bay on the north and Laguna de Bay on the east.

Tourism is one of Tagaytay City’s pillars of growth. Because of its proximity to the National Capital Region, it presents the perfect getaway for urbanites seeking respite from the pressures of work, and to momentarily escape the sweltering heat of Metro Manila. The cool weather, foggy evenings and early morning mists that perk up the fresh unpolluted air and the lush greenery framed against the gentle rolling slopes present a simple rustic appeal conducive to meditation and contemplation. Because of this, Tagaytay is a renowned “Center for Spiritual Retreat” because of the numerous training seminars, conventions and retreats that are regularly held in the more than 60 religious convents, seminaries, congregational houses, retreat and convention centers in the city.

Tagaytay City in the Province of Cavite has always been associated with Taal Volcano which is located about 20 kilometers away in the Province of Batangas. This association is not attributed to their proximity to each other, but rather on the visibility of one to the other. Because of its geographical orientation, height and location, Tagaytay gives the best perspective and spectacular view of the world’s smallest but most temperamental volcano as it sits on the placid Taal Lake. The lake is an enigma by itself because it is a lake within an island within a lake. On a clear day, your eyes would be able to see as far north as Manila Bay and discern the outlines of Laguna de Bay on the east. At night, you would see pinpoints of lights coming from fishing boats on the lake down below giving an illusion of an upside down starry sky.

During the Philippine Revolutionary War for Independence in 1896, the dense forest covered ridges of Tagaytay served as a secret route for Katipunan freedom fighters crossing from Cavite and the northern provinces into Batangas and Laguna and vice versa. In the last days of the Pacific War, US 11th Airborne and 8th Army paratroopers were air dropped in the very same area to meet up with Filipino guerillas and launch the pincer offensive for the liberation of Manila. This secret forest ridge passage of Tagaytay that facilitated travel to and from the northern and southern provinces was termed in Tagalog as “mananagaytay,” which means “to traverse the ridges.”

What to See and Do in Tagaytay

The first order of the day for visitors upon arriving in Tagaytay is to admire the magnificent view of the world famous volcano. Many hotels, restaurants, coffee shops, bars and picnic grooves with a good panoramic view of Taal Volcano line the Tagaytay ridge. But other than that, the city also offers other attractions such as religious and historic sites that are more or less similar to what you have already seen in other parts of the country. The city offers other activities to the Nature lover, quite unlike what you would find in other cities outside Tagaytay.

Ilog Maria Bee Farm: This place is the most famous bee farm in the country where you would re-learn the little things that you have always taken for granted—like how busy little bees make the delicious honey that sweetens your brewed coffee or spread on your breakfast pancake. The bee farm features a small shop where you could purchase bottles of honey at very reasonable prices as well as scented candles and other souvenir items.

Tagaytay Flower Farms and Pineapple Plantations: Your visit to this unique cool city will never be complete unless you see the interesting flower farms that line the Tagaytay ridge. The bustling cut flower industry of Tagaytay supply the flower needs of Metro Manila and give Baguio City a run for its money in so far as cut flowers are concerned. The cool weather, abundant rainfall and well-drained topographical features of Tagaytay provide excellent conditions for the extensive cultivation of sweet juicy pineapples. Make a detour to one of these plantations and see vast stretches of pineapples that rival those you would find in Hawaii.

Roadside Fruit Stalls: On your way back to Manila, do not forget to stop at the fruit stalls that line the highway a short distance from the Tagaytay rotunda and buy reasonably priced tropical fruits that are not readily available in Metro Manila. Here, you can gorge on mangoes, pineapple and sweet chiquita bananas without having to worry about how to lose weight after your vacation.

Where to Eat in Tagaytay

Leslie’s: One of the favorite spots in Tagaytay is this restaurant that offers superb Filipino food that goes quite well with the ambiance and magnificent view of Taal Volcano. A stringed quartet goes around the tables to serenade diners enjoying the food and scenery. Try its tanigue hot off the grill, steaming bulalo soup and fresh coconut juice served on the shell–but be sure to quickly chow these down because the cool winds blowing in from the wide veranda on the overlooking ridge will cool down your food pretty fast.

Viewsite Restaurant: Offers a nice view of Taal Volcano and Taal Lake which complement its delicious but affordable food. An acoustic group that also goes around renders your most favorite requested songs. Especially recommended are its fried and crunchy tawilis, tender bulalo steak, salted eggs and grilled eggplants.

Gourmet Farm and Café: Take a guided tour around a huge vegetable farm that grows healthy organic vegetables just a short distance from Tagaytay. If you want a taste of freshly harvested organic veggies, step into the Gourmet Café located in the building standing right in front of the farm. Start out with a heaping plate of fresh healthy salad to perk up your appetite for the different food recipes on the menu.

Where to Stay in Tagaytay

Royal Taal Inn: This hotel offers outstanding bargain for all the modern conveniences and exhilarating views. All rooms have their own private balcony and sitting area and were specifically designed have wide windows to better give a spectacular view of Taal Volcano. Standard rooms feature air conditioning, IDD/NDD telephone, private toilet and bath, satellite TV–and for only P1,950.00, you can have all these for the night.

Calamba Road
Barangay Iruhin Central
Tagaytay City
Tel. No.: (+6346) 413-1335; (046) 435-1066
Email: info@royaltaal.com

Tagaytay Country Hotel: Tucked away in the lush green Tagaytay countryside, this excellently appointed hotel offers all the comforts of your home away from home. For starting rates of P3,000.00, standard rooms feature air conditioning just in case the misty evening breeze is still not enough to cool you off during those extra warm summer nights, cable TV, a mini bar, IDD/NDD telephone, and hot and cold shower.

http://www.tagaytaycountryhotel.com
Olivarez Plaza
E. Aguinaldo Hi-way
Tagaytay City
Email: info@tagaytaycountryhotel.com

Taal Vista Lodge Hotel: If you want to splurge on a 5-star luxury hotel in the heart of Tagaytay, then this place is right for you. All rooms have standard cable TV; IDD/NDD telephone; in-room vault; coffee/ tea maker; mini bar; a spectacular view of Taal Volcano and verdant gardens. Room rates start at a hefty P6,500.00 per night.

Website: http://www.taalvistahotel.com/
Km. 60, Aguinaldo Hi-Way
Tagaytay City
Tel. No.: (632) 886-4325; (6346) 413-1000

How to Get to Tagaytay

Manila to Cavite and Back: Tagaytay is about an hour and a half drive from Manila via the Coastal Road. Crow buses at Makati and BLTB buses at Pasay terminal station bound for Tagaytay, Nasugbu or Balayan in Batangas will take you to Tagaytay City. Estimated one way bus fare is P100.00 – P150.00. However, a safer and more convenient way to travel to Tagaytay and see its sights is to hire a van or mini SUVs called “FX” for P2,000.00 to P2,500.00 inclusive of driver, gasoline and tolls. At this rate, you will have the vehicle all for yourself the whole day. If you need to stay in the city for the night, the rate goes down to P1,000.00 for each succeeding day depending on how well you can haggle with the vehicle owner.

Cebu to Tagaytay and Back: To reach Tagaytay from Cebu, you can either fly from Cebu to the Manila Domestic Airport in Pasay or ride a ferry from Cebu to Manila. The cost of a round trip plane ticket is approximately P4,000.00 while a boat fare would cost about P3,000.00 – P4,000.00 round trip. Upon arrival, choose any of the two options above to get to Tagaytay from Manila.

Dumaguete to Tagaytay and Back: To reach Tagaytay from Dumaguete, you can fly from Dumaguete to the Manila Domestic Airport in Pasay City. Approximate cost of a round trip plane ticket is P4,000.00 – P5,000.00. Upon arrival, choose any of the two options mentioned above to get to Tagaytay from Manila.

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21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Manny Remulla, Jr. // May 26, 2008 at 3:35 am

    Your feature on Tagaytay is quite comprehensive except that you don’t have anything on the religious sites in the city. That’s the very reason I surfed the internet to know where these are located.

  • 2 CIELO CHICO // Apr 15, 2009 at 2:31 am

    i am interested to attend spiritual retreat. Kindly advise whom i am going to contact. Many thanks.

  • 3 ogie algeria // May 29, 2009 at 5:26 am

    i agree with manny. i opened this site to see and know where are the religious sites and retreat centers in tagaytay. i did not find anything here. if you have some data please send me an e-mail. thanks very much.

  • 4 dahlia de leon // Jun 15, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Hi,
    Our group is looking for a budgeted place
    to hold our 2 day seminar this coming November 2009.
    Pls. suggest a place in your place for
    spiritual and renewal retreat seminars.
    Thanks and God bless.

  • 5 marietta bramaje // Jul 11, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    i am interested to know any contact person who could help me find a buddhist or zen retreat center for the son of my current employer.i need to know ASAP.it is vacation from the school here in jordan so he is free to attand a retreat anytime from now till august.i will appreciate it very much if you could send me an answer immediately.thank you.respectfully,ms.marietta v.bramaje

  • 6 ambrocio ortega jr. // Dec 21, 2009 at 3:24 am

    im planning to take a retreat b4 the end of this year can u accomodate me how much is the fee to stay for 1week

  • 7 winnie david // Jan 13, 2010 at 5:30 am

    yes , im interesed to attend a spiritual retreat would you know any place in antipolo a retreat house. thanks

  • 8 ethyl joy // Mar 18, 2010 at 2:42 am

    i want to get a whole package tour for 2,4days and 3 nights…tnx

  • 9 sally andaya // Sep 27, 2010 at 10:33 am

    that’s true.every catholic’s vacation should have a spiritual part of it.and tagaytay is a good place for it.i’ve noticed there’s an area of different religious orders along one highway.
    cool and quiet.thanks.

  • 10 Dr. Divinelinda E dela Cruz // Oct 8, 2010 at 4:58 am

    We are planning to have a retreat for our teachers for values development/enhancement. One of our objective is to renew our commitment to our teaching profession as well our commitment to our students and parents.

    We are from a public science high school and our budget is limited.

    Could you help us to look for a retreat house that is affordable . Like wise if you know an organization who would like to sponsor a group public school teachers to have this activity.

    Thak you very much!

  • 11 Dr. Divinelinda E dela Cruz // Oct 8, 2010 at 5:01 am

    We are from a public science high school and we
    are looking for a retreat house that is affordable for our values development/enhancement activity. this coming October 27-29, 2010. Also if you know some NGOs. that would sponsor this kind of activity, please let us know. Thank you very much!

  • 12 Ma. Theresa Torres // Jan 13, 2011 at 5:24 am

    would like to go on a retreat but was not able to find one to go to where I can walk -in stay for a 2days 1 night to pray and meditate….

  • 13 Vicky Bajarias Lupena // Mar 20, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    GPGB…
    we also need RETREAT HOUSES for our retreat and outing
    TXTCGB

  • 14 Al Ner // May 23, 2011 at 8:59 am

    My husband and I are looking for a couple’s retreat in Tagaytay or Manila. Magbabalikbayan kami this year so it will be really refreshing sa amin ang isang couple’s retreat. Please give me any info about it. Thanks!

  • 15 Eden dela Cruz // Nov 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Want to know where to go for a three days retreat and how much

  • 16 jm // Jan 21, 2012 at 12:20 am

    do u know any retreat or marriage counseling in tagaytay..me and my wife plans to go on vacation in the incoming months .if you know, please send me an email.thank u in advance

  • 17 dolores espinoza // Mar 7, 2012 at 3:54 am

    different retreat houses of religious sisters or formation to make a private retreat

  • 18 Amy Singson // Mar 15, 2012 at 8:19 am

    I want to attend a spiritual retreat this March or April 2012..can you tell me where i should go? I am 64 years old and am a widow..please reply at my email..thank you

  • 19 Steve in Australia // Jul 22, 2012 at 7:50 am

    I agree, this place is reknown for its spiritual and purity. I have to get there…

  • 20 http://yahoo.com // Feb 10, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    “Tagaytay City: Center of Spiritual Retreat
    | Philippines Travel Information” was indeed a good blog post and
    I actually was indeed really joyful to discover the blog post.

    I appreciate it-Mohamed

  • 21 Fea B. Calaquian // Feb 18, 2013 at 7:37 am

    We want to attend a spiritual retreat this coming Holy Week, will stay for 3 days and 2 nights.. we are party of ten (10) . Can you give me a quote?

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