From the Centennial Airport, I took a taxi down to Pasay, near the Heritage Hotel, where buses going to Cavite and Batangas make a stop to pick up passengers. From there, I took the bus with the plate indicating the route to Mendez, as what the taxi driver instructed me, because it will pass by Aguinaldo highway where the hotel booked for the participants is located.
We were billeted at the Days Hotel - Tagaytay.
We got a break on Sunday and the organizers toured us to the popular destinations in Tagaytay. Some of them the following:
|The (controversial) People's Park in the Sky (which they say was supposed to be a palace to be built for former President Marcos)|
Although some parts of the incomplete scaffolding of the supposedly palace in the sky looks unmaintained and rusting, the park continued to attract tourists because of its elevated location where one feels much colder. In a tropical place like the Philippines, somewhere cold is a magnet for locals. Some went to the beaches or nearest waterfalls and springs to cool down. But in the country's capital, Tagaytay is a sure choice because of its proximity.
One interesting attraction up in the park, though, is not only the suspended palace but the view of the grandiose and exclusive village of Tagaytay Highlands. This is one of the places where people of mid- and below income literally looked down on the rich people. Seemingly interesting from the top, people always wonder how the actual houses looks like in close view. Adding to that curiosity-tingling factor is the fact that the village can be accessed through a cable car. But access are only granted to people who knew or is known to one of its residents. Tough restrictions to view what's inside, eh?
From the People's Park, we then headed to Tagaytay Picnic Grove where we had our lunch together ala 'we are family' picnic. As its name implies and evident to the cottages around, the place is for picnics and hangouts. Some of the goers like our group brought packed lunch but some, especially the families, brought fishes and meats for grilling.
Instead, we hurried to the Lourdes Church to offer gratitude that i have reached Tagaytay.
During our free time, me and my friend from Bukidnon roamed around the downtown taking photos of the amazing plants displayed and had fun searching for quality but affordable ukay-ukay in Olivarez Square. The place got a huge stalls and shops of cheap ukay-ukays. It may sound ridiculous but if there was one thing i missed most about Tagaytay, it is definitely the cheap ukay-ukays.