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10 Tagaytay activities you can do for Php250

by Jillian CariolaPublished: February 27, 2017Updated: March 24, 2017

How far can Php250 take you during a tour around Tagaytay?

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As commercialized as it may have become over the decades, Tagaytay remains to be a top favorite among Metro Manila dwellers looking for a quick escape from the city’s hustle and bustle. Dubbed as the “Second Summer Capital of the Philippines,” Tagaytay has it all: cool climate, wonderful scenery, and delectable food. The best part is, you do not need a big budget to enjoy the city, making it the perfect getaway for peso-pinching travelers. Some recreational centers are so affordable, one can get away with having just Php250 in their pocket as spending money.

Once you get to the city, you can take your car, a jeepney, or a tricycle to any of these places, where a budget of Php250 will go a long way.

 

1. Get active at Picnic Grove

The appeal of eating and frolicking will never wane among Filipino families and barkadas, and what better place to do them in than Picnic Grove in Barangay Sungay East-End. A great nearby getaway for fitness enthusiasts, one of the most popular activities is hiking down the nature trail, which weaves in between trees and over ravines. Horseback riding, ziplining, and other physical activities cost extra, but you can always just take in the magnificent view of Taal Lake and Taal Volcano while you snack on your baon or food from one of the many food stalls inside.

10 Tagaytay activities you can do for Php250 MyProperty Philippines Picnic Grove
Picnic Grove. Photo by (WT-shared) Shoestring via Wikimedia Commons

How to spend your Php250: Each person is charged a Php50 entrance fee, while an additional parking fee of Php35 is needed if going by car or van, or Php50 if entering via private jeepney. Your total: Php50 if you bring your own refreshments.

 

2. Touch the clouds at People’s Park in the Sky

One of the must-see places in Tagaytay is People’s Park in the Sky, a spot for physically active visitors who want their photo taken with the entirety of Tagaytay as their backdrop. Situated atop Mount Gonzales, People’s Park has an entrance fee of Php30, which will let you access the unfinished “Palace in the Sky,” built during the Marcos regime, as well as a number of shops peddling souvenirs and snacks. A long hike to the top will reward you with a 360-degree view of the city, plus the company of a large statue of Jesus Christ. If you brought food from home that you plan on eating here, you can rent a cottage for Php100 to dine comfortably.

10 Tagaytay activities you can do for Php250 MyProperty Philippines People’s Park in the Sky
People's Park in the Sky chapel. Photo by Bayronnoel via Wikimedia Commons

How to spend your Php250: Bring a lot of food so you can have a picnic after the long hike. Pay an entrance fee of Php30 and rent a cottage for Php100. You total: Php 130.

 

3. Warm up with coffee at Bag of Beans

Bag of Beans is as synonymous to Tagaytay as any of the city’s other famous landmarks. There are currently five branches, the main one being the shop located along the Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway in Mendez Crossing West. As the name suggests, the restaurant specializes in locally grown coffee and various baked goods, while also serving different Filipino and American dishes in the quaint, rustic restaurant.

10 Tagaytay activities you can do for Php250 MyProperty Philippines coffee
Coffee cup and beans. Photo via Shutterstock

How to spend your Php250: Stave off the morning chill with a cup of their house brew for Php 130 and sample their chicken or pork empanada for Php95. Your total: Php225.

 

4. Be one in silence with the Pink Sisters

Many who visit Tagaytay also stop by one of the city’s many chapels and churches. One such place is Barangay Maitim’s The Adoration Convent of Divine Mercy, also known as the Pink Sisters Chapel due to its residents: the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters, who are well known for wearing pink habits. While you can see nuns behind iron grilles in front of the altar praying at all hours of the day, you cannot talk to them as they value silence, adding to the solemnity of the place. What you can do is offer your own prayers while appreciating the lush garden surrounding this sacred sanctuary.

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Adoration Convent of Divine Mercy. Photo by Marge Espineda via Flickr Creative Commons

How to spend your Php250: The chapel is free for all, though you can purchase Angel Cookies—made by nuns and consisting of trimmings from communion wafers—as a form of donation for Php140. Your total: Php0.

 

5. Tuck into a bowl of bulalo at Mahogany Market

Best known for selling meat at very reasonable prices, Mahogany Market, along Mahogany Street, has some of the cheapest bulalo in Tagaytay. Food stalls are set up in true turo-turo style, and their food offerings also include traditional favorites like adobo, okoy, gotong Batangas, and papaitan. All of the dishes are good for sharing, though some vendors will let you buy half an order of certain dishes. As a bonus, you can have a free banana after your meal.

10 Tagaytay activities you can do for Php250 MyProperty Philippines Mahogany Market bulalo
Mahogany Market food stalls. Photo by Dindo Mojica via Flickr Creative Commons

How to spend your Php250: If you’re headed to the city with your barkada, you can split a good-for-four order of steaming hot bulalo for Php350, which comes to about Php88 per person. Make it a full meal by adding rice for about Php20 per serving, and sharing an order of tuyong tawilis for Php100 and a 1.5-litre bottle of soda for Php100. Your total: About Php165.00.

 

6. Explore the Puzzle Mansion

Gina Gil Lacuna currently holds the Guinness World Record for having the largest collection of jigsaw puzzles in the world, composed of over 1,028 completed puzzles that are housed in the Puzzle Mansion in Barangay Asisan. Lacuna’s collection ranges from the ordinary 2D kind, to 3D puzzles of world famous landmarks, to even a collection of crystal puzzles. Visit the mansion on a weekend for a tour guided by Lacuna herself, who takes her audience around the museum and shares a few tidbits about some of the standout pieces. Here is something else you can look forward to: Lacuna is currently working on the world’s largest puzzle—the Keith Haring: Double Retrospect set composed of over 32,000 pieces—which will likely be displayed at the mansion once completed.

10 Tagaytay activities you can do for Php250 MyProperty Philippines puzzle
Puzzle pieces. Photo via Shutterstock

How to spend your Php250: Entering the Puzzle Mansion costs Php100. Your total: Php100.

 

7. Satisfy your artistic interest at Museo Orlina

Located at Hollywood Subdivision in Barangay Tolentino East, the four-storey Museo Orlina houses the works of the world-renowned Filipino glass sculptor Ramon Orlina. Outside, where you can also appreciate a view of the Taal Lake and Taal Volcano, there are a sculpture garden and an amphitheater, where more pieces are displayed. If you can peek into the garage, you’ll find uniquely painted vehicles including a Mondrian-inspired Volvo V40, and a Volkswagen Beetle commissioned from contemporary Filipino artist Benedicto Cabrera, better known as BenCab.

10 Tagaytay activities you can do for Php250 MyProperty Philippines Museo Orlina glass sculpture
Glass sculptures by world-famous artist Ramon Orlina. Photo via museo-orlina.org

How to spend your Php250: Pay the Php100 entrance fee to view Orlina’s glass sculptures. If you are a student or senior citizen, your fee drops to Php80. Your total: about Php100.

 

8. Bite into a mushroom burger

A welcoming sight for vegetarians looking for a cheap but filling meal, Mushroomburger, along Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, offers burgers stuffed with patties made of minced mushroom. Not that it would disappoint meat eaters; the burger tastes very much like your typical beef burger. Through the years, Mushroomburger has also expanded its menu to include rice toppings, various noodle preparations, and chicken meals, among other items. After eating, you can also pay a visit to the mushroom farm located right behind the restaurant.

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Cheeseburger. Photo via Shuttertstock

How to spend your Php250: A Php91 mushroom burger with cheese can be upgraded with a side of mushroom fries and a large drink for an additional Php49. Your total: Php140.

 

9. Enjoy the city lights at Sky Ranch

Also located along Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, Sky Ranch is one of the newer attractions of Tagaytay, having only been launched in March 2013. Inside it is a variety of rides, including the Sky Eye, which, at a height of 63 meters, is said to be the tallest Ferris Wheel in the Philippines. While outside food can’t be brought in, Sky Ranch offers a wide range of dining options, from snack-type establishments (7-Eleven and Krispy Kreme) to full meals (Kenny Rogers Roasters and Mesa) to even a bar and bistro (Rue Bourbon).

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Friends on roller coaster. Photo via Shutterstock

How to spend your Php250: Enter the park for Php80 on a weekday or Php100 on a weekend, then pay Php150 to board the Sky Eye, or opt for the Super Viking for Php100 so you can grab snacks at 7-Eleven too. Your total: Php250.

 

10. Pick up some pineapples

If Tagaytay is famous for one kind of agricultural product, it would be pineapples. Pineapple fields have even become attractions themselves, as those going through the city and nearby towns can see fields and hills covered with lines of pineapples right from the highway. Restaurants in the city incorporate the tropical fruit in many of their menu options, whether main dishes or desserts. Aside from the city’s main markets, stalls selling pineapples can also be found along the roads, prompting tourists to purchase bags of the fruit as pasalubong before heading back to Manila.

10 Tagaytay activities you can do for Php250 MyProperty Philippines pineapples
Freshly harvested pineapples. Photo via Shutterstock

How to spend your Php250: Some roadside stalls offer bargains like Php100 for three or four small pineapples. Your total: depends on how much fruit you buy.

 

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