Think you know everything about the windy Cavite city? Here’s a set of 10 facts you’ve probably never heard of.
Although only second to Baguio as the Summer Capital of the Philippines, Cavite’s Tagaytay City has a lot of first-rate attractions to offer. But how well do you know the city, beyond the fact that it’s a great place to cool off while driving through rows and rows of pineapple fields? Familiarize yourself with Tagaytay with our list of facts you may not know about.
1. The name “Tagaytay” comes from the words “taga” meaning to cut, and “Itay,” referring to one’s father. According to legend, a father and son hunting down a wild boar suddenly found themselves at the receiving end of the animal’s rampage. The son, fearing for his father’s life, urged his father to attack the boar, yelling “Taga, Itay,” a cry that became the talk among residents and, ultimately, the name of the city.
2. Crazy about cold weather? With an elevation of 634 meters above sea level, Tagaytay’s average temperature is 24 degrees Celsius. The lowest ever recorder temperature was in January 2014, when temperatures plunged to 18 degrees Celsius.
3. While Tagaytay has no definite central business district, commercial activities are said to concentrate in the following areas: Barangays Mendez crossing East and West, which is near the Tagaytay City National High School and several hotels like Pura Vida and Tagaytay Haven; Silang crossing East, where Tagaytay Medical Center and a Bag of Beans branch are located; City Market at Barangay Tolentino East, where you’ll find St. Joseph the Worker Chapel and a Rowena’s pasalubong shop, and the Mahogany Beef Market at Barangay Kaybagal South.
4. As of 2010, Tagaytay has an official population of over 62,000, a number that increases during weekends and holidays due to tourism.
5. Families will be happy to know that Tagaytay has an environment that can nurture your kids. In 2015, Tagaytay was one of the three recipients of the Presidential Award for Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities, an honor awarded by the Department of Social Welfare and Development to local government units that exert effort in creating child-friendly environments.
6. Moving to the city with your elderly relatives? Tagaytay is considered as one of the best places to retire to due to its cool weather, as well as its proximity to Metro Manila, to advanced healthcare, and to recreational facilities.
7. Sure to please the most eco-conscious citizen, Tagaytay has banned the use of non-biodegradable plastic on dry goods and styrophor or Styrofoam, and are regulating the use of plastic for wet goods.
8. There’s absolutely no shortage of gastronomic delights at Tagaytay. One such foodie hub is Antonio’s, a popular restaurant in the city that offers modern European dishes with Philippine flair, which made it to the list of San Perllegrino Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2015.
9. Looking forward to leaving the smog-riddled Metro Manila? You can enjoy the cool clean air of Tagaytay even more by venturing up to Mount Sungay which, with an elevation of 709 meters, is the highest point of Cavite. Mount Sungay is also the location of another Tagaytay tourist magnet, the People’s Park in the Sky.
10. Want to bring weekend family fun to great heights? The tallest Ferris wheel in the Philippines is the Sky Eye, located in the Tagaytay leisure park Sky Ranch. Standing 63 meters tall, Sky Eye beats SM Mall of Asia’s MOA Eye by 8 meters.
Real estate developer Don Tim Development Corporation (DTDC) is only too familiar with the benefits of living in this cool Cavite city, which is why they’ve chosen it as the site of their flagship project, Alta Monte. A 13-hectare village located along Magallanes Drive, Alta Monte offers house and lot units, as well as empty lots for those who wish to build their home from the ground up. But their crowning glory is Leisure Suites, 10 six-unit condo clusters considered to be the first medium-rise, multi-cluster condo project in Tagaytay.
Alta Monte also enhances the feeling of community living with amenities and features that cater to residents’ comfort and safety. Aside from being a gated community and 24-hour security, families also get to enjoy several perks such as a clubhouse, swimming pool, play courts, mini football field, amphitheater, and playground.
To give homebuyers a taste of what life in Tagaytay has to offer, DTDC is holding an open house at Alta Monte along Magallanes Drive on May 29, 2016, 9am onwards. For more information and to confirm your attendance, contact DTDC at 0917-8258435 or (02) 8439471.
Sources: dontim.com, tagaytay.gov.ph, newsinfo.inquirer.net, rappler.com, interaksyon.com
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