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Tagaytay - Lake Taal - Philippines

Tagaytay City is situated in Cavite approximately 56 kilometers south of Manila. It provides a view of Manila Bay, Taal Lake and Taal volcano, Laguna Bay and the China Sea on the north, south, east and west, respectively.

Because of its crisp and cool climate throughout the year, it has been dubbed as the country's second summer capital. Pinpoint lights from fishing boats illuminate the lake during nightfall. A Picnic Grove, a public park built by the Department of Tourism and Philippine Tourism Authority, stirs public interest via user fees and selling of low priced items and adds to the industrial growth of the city.

Just an hour away from the Big City, Tagaytay brings images to life : the differences of color in the sky with every sunrise and sunset. The green plants of the mountains combined with the different colors of wildflowers. The wide section of sky unimpeded with smog. The blue-green façade of Taal Lake. Taal Volcano's disappearance in the mists. The cool breeze nibbling through the nose and cheeks causing goosebumps in the arms which will certainly be missed.

Tagaytay City played a unique role in history during the 1896 Revolution. It served as a shelter and quick hideout for Filipino revolutionaries from neighboring towns of Southern Luzon. Being located in the middle as well as forests on ridges and undulating terrain provided an immediate sanctuary for the Katipuneros.

During the closing years of the 2nd World War in 1945, military supplies and personnel were parachuted on the ridges of Tagaytay by the 8th Army Division under the command of Lieutenant General William Krueger¡ before the Liberation of Manila from the Japanese. In 1951, a marker was installed at the crossroad of the Silang-Canlubang-Nasugbu-Caloocan-Talisay roads to commemorate the event.

Commonwealth Act 338 signed by President Manuel Quezon on the 21st of June 1938 made Tagaytay a chartered city.

Today, the Department of Tourism has recognized Tagaytay City as one of the areas of priority for the development of. Similarly, it has been acknowledged as the center of tourism in the CALABARZON.

The Tagaytay Lake Taal area is a one and a half hour drive south of Manila. Transportation can be arranged via any hotel in Manila or tour agency, or you can ride an economical public bus or the BLTB line. Most tour services in Manila are offering private coaches and vans. Public buses from Baclaran, Lawton or Pasay terminals are also accesible.

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