Friday, May 25, 2012

Villa Escudero

Villa Escudero, a coconut plantation village in San Pablo City, was developed by its owners into a tourist destination complete with swimming pools, picnic area, fishing grounds, and modern amenities. Special packages can be arranged to include overnight stay with food and accommodation.

The village offers a glimpse of plantation living. The whole area is surrounded by coconut trees and flowering plants. The estate also houses a museum whose collection ranges from fabulous antiquities to kitsch. Bamboo cottages grid a river that flows to a dam where picnickers gather around the tables set up on the water.

How to get to Villa Escudero?
1. Rent a van or car through Villa Escudero.
Villa Escudero does not own the car or van but will connect you with rental company. The rates are as follows:

day rate for car rental, with driver, good for 4 passengers: P3,500
day rate for van rental, with driver, good for 11 passengers: P4,700

The payment for the rental can be made at the end of the trip.

My tip: If you're renting a car or van, and the rates are the same with other companies, I suggest you rent the car or van thru Villa Escudero instead because:

You won't have to worry about giving directions. The driver will surely know the directions to Villa Escudero.

You are sure of the reliability of the rental company because it comes with the seal of approval of Villa Escudero.

2. Take the public bus to Villa Escudero
Go to Jac Liner bus terminal and take the bus going to Lucena, Quezon. Travel time is 2 1/2 hours. These are the 2 terminals with bus going to Lucena:

2052 Donada Street corner
Buendia Street, Pasay City
Metro Manila, Philippines
Tel. No: 4042073
Current bus schedule: 1st trip is 5am, last trip is at 10pm, every 30 minutes.

2 Mapagmahal Street
Baranggay Pinyahan, Kamias
Quezon City, Philippines
Tel. No.: 9276139
Current bus schedule: 1st trip is 2am, last trip is at 9pm, every 20 minutes.

FARE: P178.00, aircon bus from Kamias or Buendia to Lucena

Make sure to tell the driver or the conductor that you are going to Villa Escudero so they can stop right after the Quezon Arch and drop you off there. The gate of Villa Escudero is just after the Arch and at the left side of the Arch.

From the point where the bus drops you off, you cross the road to the other side to walk to the entrance. It's a very long walk. It's better to take a tricycle if you see one and ride it to the entrance of Villa Escudero.

Pagsanjan Falls

A popular tourist destination, Pagsanjan Rapids and Falls is a series of 14 rapids punctuated by mini-waterfalls on the way to the main falls. Pagsanjan is a small Laguna town which served as the setting for Fracis Ford Coppola's film "Apocalypse Now."

The terrain towards the main falls offers a lot of exitement. As one negotiates the waterway, the trips becomes wilder, with the river flanked by towering cliffs lush with vegetation. Waters from the Cavinti and Luisiana dams cascade down Pagsanjan Falls and into a segregated part of the river which is about 150 feet deep. Here, one can rent a raft and enjoy riding under the falls.

How to get to Pagsanjan Falls:
How to Commute to Pagsanjan Falls: Board a HM Transport bus, with terminal on EDSA, Cubao near Victory Liner, going to Sta. Cruz/Calamba (fare: P148.50) or Green Star Express with terminal on Taft Avenue near corner Gil Puyat (Buendia) and LRT Gil Puyat station (fare: P140.20)
then drop off at the Jam terminal in Pagsanjan. Board a jeepney bound for Pagsanjan, Lumban, Paete or Siniloan then alight at your destination resort or inn (or ride a tricycle).

Driving Directions to Pagsanjan from Makati: from SLEX take Calamba exit then head straight to Calamba. turn right at Calamba junction and follow this road and highway until you reach Pagsanjan (after Los Banos, Bay, Victoria, Pila, Sta Cruz towns). There's parking inside the Pagsanjan patio or inside your resort/inn of choice.

Directions by car from Quezon City, it's faster to take the Rizal route by going to Marcos Highway, turn right at the junction Masinag Wet and Dry Market, on reaching Antipolo intersection turn left going to Baras (straight ahead leads to Antipolo Church while a right turn leads to Hinulugang Taktak) where you'll pass by Teresa, Morong, Baras, Tanay, and Pililla towns of Rizal province before reaching Laguna towns of Mabitac, Siniloan, Pangil, Pakil, Paete, Kalayaan, Lumban then finally Pagsanjan. Follow only the highway in getting there where you'll pass the zigzag road of Manila East Road with great views of the shimmering Laguna de Bay.

From Lucena and Lucban, Quezon: there are jeepneys plying the route Lucena to Sta. Cruz that pass by Pagsanjan, Cavinti and Luisina. Jumbo jeeps that go to Lucban, Quezon terminal at Pagsanjan town plaza.

Commuting from Cavite: board the Pagsanjan or Sta. Cruz vans at Pala-pala terminal in Dasmarinas, Cavite (near Robinsons Dasmarinas and SM). Board a jeep for Pagsanjan (or Lumban, Paete, Siniloan) or a tricycle to your destination resort.


Among the popular attractions in Metro Manila are Intramuros, Rizal Park, Binondo, MalacaƱang, Malate, the CCP Complex, Nayong Pilipino, Ayala Avenue, the Fort, Ortigas Center, Quezon Memorial Circle, and countless bars and restaurants scattered around the metropolis.

Manila Metropolitan Cathedral or the Cathedral

Traces of the Spanish influence still loom in Intramuros. A tour of this landmark will provide the visitors a deeper understanding of Manila's rich heritage. Intramuros protects within its walls a number of national treasures like the Fort Santiago (once a prison for revolutionary Filipinos, now a peaceful park-cum-museum), San Agustin Church (the oldest structure in the country with its Baroque interiors and trompe l'oeil murals), Manila Cathedral (a magnificent architectural feat with its intricate stone carvings, stained glass mosaics, and rosette windows), Casa Manila (a former colonial house and now a museum of national relics), and San Juan de Letran school.

Intramuros has been restored for the tourists. Today, it houses a museum, art galleries, an open-air theatre, fine restaurants, craft shops and souvenir stalls. It also keeps a park lush with tropical flora and homing pigeons. The park, Puerto Real, is the venue of Saturday musical performances during dry months.

Outside the Walled City
Located outside the walled city of Intramuros are other sites and structures Manila is proud of. Among these sites is the Luneta Park or Rizal Park, which is one of the favorite destinations of many Filipino families. The park?s green areas provide perfect place to relax and have some picnic. Recently, many people are visiting the park to witness the newly installed dancing fountain. Other places to visit are the National Museum of the Philippines, Quirino Grandstand, Cultural Center of the Philippines and Manila Ocean Park.

Where to Stay
Manila, being one of the highly urbanized cities in the country, offers a lot of accommodation options for tourists and visitors. Some of the known hotels are Diamond Hotel, Manila Hotel, Baywatch Tower and Suites and Amanpulo Hotel. Apart from the luxurious hotels, budget travelers won?t also find it hard to find a place to stay in the city for there are also budget hotels and inns in the area.

Getting There and Going Around
Manila, being a big city, offers a lot of transportation options to its visitors. The primary means to get around the city is through the famous local transportation — the jeepney. At the present, air-conditioned Tamaraw FX and Toyota Kijang are also used as mode of transportation to some areas within Metro Manila along with jeepneys and buses. Other fast transportation options are taxis, which can be found in almost all the streets of Manila, LRT and MRT, which also transport people to other parts of the city. Water buses or Pasig River Ferry runs along the Pasig River and stopping at some major points of the city.

Other Places of Interest
Other than the remnants of the colorful and tragic past, Manila also boasts the quality of its nightlife. Funky bars and nightclubs can also be found in the city. Nightlife is great especially in Malate and Makati areas.

In Manila, it doesn?t matter who you are, what you are and where you came from, for you will definitely have fun in the city. All you need to do is take a deep breath and dive in.

Enchanted Kingdom

Thousands of people head south of Manila to spend a day of fun-filled relaxation and adventurous excitement within the American-style walls of Enchanted Kingdom, a 17-hectare world class theme park conveniently located in the outskirts of Sta. Rosa, Laguna.

Enchanted Kingdom, a short five-minute ride from the Sta. Rosa Tollgate of South Luzon Expressway, brings the closest version of Disney-type leisure in the country. The theme park, managed and operated by Amtrust Leisure Corporation (ALC), offers educational entertainment tours to students and "gastronomic treats" to families.

The P1.2-billion park, which has been operating since July 28, 1995 was conceptualized by Landmark Entertainment Group and designed after the Knott's Berry Farm, America's first amusement theme park located in Buena Park, California. It is a member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). As such, it provides visitors with thrilling rides, stunning sights, and wondrous experience.

In the words of the Enchanted Kingdom operators, "the place is an active mix of thrills, attractions, entertainment, food service, celebrations and shopping set amidst an enthralling place that presents the past and the future, the quaint and the sophisticated, the picturesque and the dazzling in one unique package."

Enchanted Kingdom is an aggregate of seven theme zones: Victoria Park, Portabello, Brooklyn Place, Spaceport, Jungle Outpost, Midway Boardwalk, and Boulderville. These zones serve as enclaves to 21 thrilling rides and attractions meant to provide daring visitors with a sense of flight, twist, twirl, and other acrobatic stunts.

The rides include the Grand Carousel, Flying Fiesta, Rialto, Space Shuttle, Log Jam, Wheel of Fate, Condor, Up Up and Away, Roller Coaster, Anchors Away, Dodgem, Stone Eggs, Air Pterodactyl, Swan boats, and Bump n Splash. In the near future, the park is set to introduce other exciting rides such as the Kiddie Train Ride and the Rio Loco River Rapid Ride.

Aside from the rides, Enchanted Kingdom also charms its visitors with various treats such as the fireworks show every weekend, dance presentation by the park's in-house talents, theater shows, seasonal shows, well-manicured gardens, classic American brownstone facades and establishments, and a variety of characters and mascots led by the Wizard.

How to get to Enchanted Kingdom?
This guide will help you get to Enchanted Kingdom by Commuting or via the Public Transport. This is your Travel Guide to the Enchanted Kingdom.

If you are coming from Manila, there is a Bus Terminal located at the corner of Taft Avenue and Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue (Formerly Buendia Ave). Take a Bus bound for Balibago.

If you are coming from EDSA, go to the south bound lane... Look for a Bus Stop (Loading / UnLoading Area). Take a Bus bound for Balibago.

Take a Bus bound to Balibago. Just to be sure, check this out with the Driver or the Bus Conductor. Ask if this is the correct bus going to Enchanted Kingdom.

If you are keen on monitoring landmarks to help you estimate how far you have gone, please take note of the following South Expressway exits. Counting from Mantrade: (1) Merville Exit (2) Bicutan Exit (3) Sucat Exit
(4) Alabang Exit (5) Susana Heights Exit (6) San Pedro Exit (7) SouthWoods Exit (8) Carmona Exit (9) Mamplasan Exit (11) Sta. Rosa Exit.

After the Sta. Rosa Toll Exit, the bus will turn left going to the Sta. Rosa town proper.

Get off at the WalterMart. This is more or less around 5 mins travel.

You will then see a queue of trikes or tricycles. Ask the driver to bring you Enchanted Kingdom. This will take less than 10 mins ride.

Enjoy the rides!


Another popular destination, specially during the Lent period, is Mount Banahaw, an extinct volcano which rises 2,100 meters above sea level.

Banahaw towers over the southeastern towns of Laguna and Quezon. Revered as a mystical mountain, Banahaw has become a sanctuary for different religious cults. Up on Banahaw's leafy slopes live members of various religious sects who adhere to what seems to be a mixture of Catholicism, Buddhism, the cabala, animism and other forms of pagan worship. Down below, in the foothill towns, dwell amulet-makers, soothsayers, faith healers, diviners and dedicated UFO watchers.

Banahaw comes alive during the Lent when various religious sects re-enact the passion of Jesus Christ. People ascend to Mount Banahaw to experience its cool weather, bathe in its hot springs or simply stand amazed at the sight of nature's beauty.

Mount Banahaw can be reached from both east and west. From the east, the ascent starts in Lucban, Quezon, while from the west, in Dolores, Laguna. For both climbs, it is advisable to have a guide to ensure a safe trip.

Where to stay?
Whether Lucban is just a daytrip for most people coming from Manila because of the lack of accommodation, it is probably best to contact the Pahiyas Festival website for referrals for places to stay in Lucban. Lucban, like Kalibo in Aklan has a similar boomtown character (although Kalibo does have more places to stay).

The Patio Rizal Hotel (+63.42.5402107) on the main street of Quezon Avenue has 18 rooms with 1 VIP suite and is amongst the most recommended places to stay in Lucban. As a tip, book your room possibly a year in advance if you plan to stay overnight during the festival. It is basically a stone’s throw away from the church where the procession basically starts and ends.

How to get to Banahaw?
Take a bus from Kamuning JAM Bus Terminal “LUCENA BOUND” if you are in Quezon City or near the area.
Cost is P158.50 to TIAONG MARKET (new)

From LRT-BUENDIA JAM BUS TERMINAL “LUCENA BOUND” if you are in Makati or near the area.
Cost is: P150. to TIAONG MARKET (new)


Walk across towards the road that leads to the public market & go to the jeepney terminal at the back of the market (left side) that goes to Dolores.
Cost: P13

Tell the jeepney driver to drop you off in the area of Electra Crushing plant near kilometer 99. You will see the sign PARKS OF STUDY AND REFLECTION, BANAHAW in Barangay Dagatan, Quezon Provincial road.

Your landmark before approaching the Park would be kilometer 99 so watch out for this & remind the jeepney driver to drop you off in Barangay Dagatan.


Bomod-ok Falls
This Mountain Province town, situated west of Bontoc, boasts of its cool weather and spectacular sceneries. A pastoral upland valley, Sagada provides an endless expanse of mountain ranges which are clothed by fogs in the early morning.

Sagada Sumaging Cave

Sagada Hanging Coffins

Among its attractions are towering limestone cliffs, subterranean caves and unexplored forests. Some of Sagada's caves remain unconquered. Because of their length and depth, Sagada's natives believe that these caves lead to the center of the Earth.

Other sites to visit in Sagada are the Kitongan bottomless pit and underground river, Calvary Hill, Bukong Falls and Alipine Lake Banao. Sagada has accommodation facilities and can be reached by public buses from Banaue in Ifugao province or from Baguio City.

Where to stay?
This is a list of Lodgings in Sagada, Mountain Province.To help you in the location, a map is located at the bottom of the list.

Location: Ato, Sagada, Mountain Province
Contact Number: 0921-327-9055

Location: Poblacion, Sagada, Mountain Province
Contact Number: 0918-588-3535, 0919-302-7122

Location: Dagdag, Sagada, Mountain Province
Contact Number: 0920-813-5797

Location: Nangonogan, Sagada, Mountain Province
Contact Number: 0921-287-6093

Location: Nangonogan, Sagada, Mountain Province
Contact Number: 0921-603-2745

Location: Dagdag, Sagada, Mountain Province
Contact Number: 0910-709-2631

Location: Mabbay, Sagada, Mountain Province
Contact Number: 0906-430-0853

Location: Poblacion, Sagada, Mountain Province
Contact Number: 0906-430-0853, 0921-273-8097

Location: Mabbay, Sagada, Mountain Province
Contact Number: 0920-289-5471

Location: Dagdag, Sagada, Mountain Province
Contact Number: 0918-548-0406

Location: Poblacion, Sagada, Mountain Province
Contact Number: 0910-565-031, 0918-403-6571

Location: Poblacion, Sagada, Mountain Province
Contact Number: 0919-702-8380

Location: Poblacion, Sagada, Mountain Province
Contact Number: 0928-630-5479

Location: Kanip-Aw, Sagada, Mountain Province
Contact Number: 0921-647-0037

Location: Kapinitan, Sagada, Mountain Province
Contact Number: 0918-343-8415

Location: Mapia-aw, Sagada, Mountain Province
Contact Number: 0905-216-4055, 0912-316-7941

Location: Poblacion, Sagada, Mountain Province
Contact Number: 0928-406-7647

Location: Dagdag, Sagada, Mountain Province
Contact Number: 0919-672-8744

Location: Nangonogan, Sagada, Mountain Province
Contact Number: 0918-403-6018

Location: Batalao, Sagada, Mountain Province
Contact Number: 0920-909-5899

Location: Poblacion, Sagada, Mountain Province
Contact Number: 0919-357-4377

Location: Poblacion, Sagada, Mountain Province
Contact Number: 0918-559-5934

Location: Dagdag, Sagada, Mountain Province
Contact Number: 0920-799-2960

Location: Mabbay, Sagada, Mountain Province
Contact Number: 0920-411-9976

Location: Dagdag, Sagada, Mountain Province
Contact Number: 0999-514-8820

How to get to Sagada?
There are two major routes to Sagada – one on the western and more developed side via Baguio City and the other along the east via Banaue. Among which are as follows:

The Highly Recommended Manila-Baguio-Sagada Route
Victory Liner is the bus line of choice to Baguio City. The company offers almost eighty trips a day from its five bus stations in Metro Manila. The two biggest stations are the ones in Pasay (convenient for those in the Pasay-Manila-Makati area) and Cubao (convenient for those from Quezon City). A bus leaves every hour on the hour. Unless its peak season (April – May), it’s very likely that you won’t need a reservation. You may simply go to the station and buy the tickets there for the next bus.

Price: Php460.00 one way  Schedule: Every hour

Duration: 6-8 hours. If you leave Manila late at night (around 10 PM, you can arrive in Baguio before 5 AM). Traffic jams in Manila and other cities along the way can dramatically change your time of arrival.

Stops: The bus stops twice at provincial stations for restroom breaks. The stations also have concessionaire stands for light snacks and drinks.

Upon arriving at Baguio, you may take a cab to the Dangwa Bus Station. The cab fare will cost about Php40-50 Locate the Lizardo Transit station – facing the station, it’s on the LEFT side. They have a small ticket booth where you could buy tickets minutes before the bus leaves. The first trip

Price: Php220.00  Schedule: First bus leaves at 630AM. The last bus leaves at 1 PM.

Trip Duration: 6-7 hours (The roads are pretty rough.)

Stops: The bus makes two stops. There are restrooms and food stalls in the vicinity as well.

For the way back going to Baguio, the first bus leaves at 5am, last bus leaves at 1pm. Between 5am-1pm, the bus leaves every hour.

2.   The Manila-Banaue-Bontoc-Sagada Route

Another option for Manila based tourist bound to Sagada is to take the Manila-Banaue-Bontoc-Sagada route. The entire trip takes more or less twelve (12) hours. Manila to Banaue is a nine (9) hour bus ride that passes through Central Luzon provinces of Bulacan, Nueva Ecija and Nueva Vizcaya all the way to this town in the province of Ifugao . From Banaue bus terminal, a short tricycle ride will lead you to the town proper where the buses to Bontoc pass. Banaue to Bontoc is a two hour ride along Halsema highway, and Bontoc to Sagada is 45 minutes on a jeepney. Here is the summary of the entire travel:

Manila – Banaue (9 hours)
Bus: Autobus Line (Espana cor Cataluna, Sampaloc, Manila) ETD: 10pm Daily
Fare: Php462.00
Bus: Florida Bus Line (Sampaloc, Manila) ETD: 10:45pm Daily
Fare: Php450.00

Autobus Terminal – Banaue Town Proper Tricycle Fare: P20.00

Banaue – Bontoc (2 hours) Bus: Immanuel Bus Fare: P100.00

Bontoc – Sagada (45 minutes) Jeepney Fare: P35.00

3.  Manila-Bontoc-Sagada Route

Bontoc is the capital of Mountain Province. It is about 12 hours from Manila and a mere 45 minutes from Sagada. Compared to Baguio, there are definitely less buses going to Bontoc. Here’s the summary of the entire travel:

Manila-Bontoc (12 hours)
Bus: Cable Tours
E. Rodriguez, QC near Trinity College
Fare: Php650.00 << this is recent update
Schedules 8:00pm Manila- Bontoc  3:00pm Bontoc – Manila

Bus: Kasilen Transport
Fare: Php500.00 Schedules: 9:00 pm Manila – Bontoc  4:00 pm Bontoc – Manila

Bontoc – Sagada (45 minutes ride)
Fare: Php35.00 @ 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM – One jeep on the hour every hour.


Tagaytay picnic grove

With an altitude of 2,250 feet above sea level, Tagaytay City enjoys a cool climate all year round. This city perched on a ridge is located in the province of Cavite, some 56 kilometers south of Manila. It overlooks Manila Bay on the north, Taal Lake and Taal Volcano on the south, Laguna Bay on the east and the China Sea on the west. The city is linked to the Metropolitan Manila and the province of Batangas by the Aguinaldo Highway.

Tagaytay viewing Taal lake and volcano

Among its attractions is the Tagaytay Picnic Grove where one can get an unobstructed view of Taal Volcano, which lies within a lake. Taal Volcano, which rises 406 meters from the lake, is reputedly the world's smallest volcano.

Taal Lake itself is an immense body of water formed when the old crater collapsed and the walls of the larger volcano caved in and sank.

A visit to the Volcano Island can be arranged through the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology in Quezon City which maintains a monitoring station on the island.

Tagaytay Highlands cable car

For visiting tourists, support facilities are readily available in this idyllic city. Tagaytay is the "sister" city of Las Vegas and Nevada, U.S.A; Tainan City, Taiwan; and Bankstown City, New South Wales, Australia.

Where to stay?
Here's our list of Hotel, Inns and Apartelle's in Tagaytay. This is by no means all of them.

The Royal Taal Inn [ The recommended place to stay in Tagaytay, overlooking rooms from just Php 2,750.]
Calamba Road, Tagaytay City
on way towards Palace in the Sky
Telephone: 046 483 1066
Click here for map

Club Estancia Resort
Zone II, Brgy. San Jose, Tagaytay City
Tel Nos. (046) 483-11-33 to 35 ,
Fax No. (046) 483-10-47 Tagaytay City

Hotel Royal Parc Hotel and Restaurant
Silang Crossing North
Tagaytay City
Tel Nos. (046) 483-10-32;
413-12-63 to 64

Mahogany Hotel
J.P. Rizal Avenue,
South, Tag. City
Tel. No. (046) 860-06-97
Cell No. (0918) 250-51-03
Fax No. (046) 860-04-09

Royal Parc Hotel and Restaurant
Kaybagal Silang Crossing North, Tagaytay City
Tel Nos. (046) 483-10-32; 483-12-63 to 64

Days Hotel
Silang Crossing East, Tagaytay City
Tel. Nos. (046) 483-50-50; 483-23-23

S.N. David Sonrisa
J.P. Rizal Ave., Kaybagal South
Tel. No. (046) 483-15-37

Residence Inn
Tagaytay-Batangas Highway
Neogan, Tagaytay City
Tel. No. (046) 483-13-76

Viewpoint Inn and Restaurant
Tagaytay-Batangas Highway
Neogan, Tagaytay City
Tel. No. (046) 483-13-64

Rancho Freva Lodge and Steak House
Tagaytay-Batangas Highway
Mendez Crossing West, Tag. City
Tel. Nos. (046) 483-14-99 & 860-01-41

Aroma Apartelle
Tagaytay-Calamba Road
San Jose, Tagaytay City
Tel. No. (046) 483-00-44

Country Inn
Olivares Plaza
San Jose, Tagaytay City
Tel. No. (046) 483-03-11

How to get to Tagaytay:
Driving directions to Tagaytay for those with private cars, vans or taxi cabs:

Option 1: via SLEX Sta. Rosa Exit, the most popular and easiest, is a straight drive all the way to Tagaytay Public Market (and right smack into Tagaytay Econo Inn) where you turn right going to Tagaytay city proper and Nasugbu/Balayan/Lemery Batangas or left going to People's Park in the Sky. Usual travel time from Makati CBD is 1.5 hours.

Option 2: SLEX Greenfields Exit, an alternate route to Tagaytay that pass by Pramana, Nuvali, Eton City and Paseo de Sta. Rosa, ideal to avoid traffic buildup on Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay National Road on Saturday mornings thus making it the fastest route to Tagaytay on weekends.

Option 3: SLEX Southwoods exit then Governor's Drive in Carmona going to Dasmarinas. Turn left on Maguyam Road just before the Shell Station to your left.

Option 4: Roxas Boulevard, Baclaran, Coastal Road, Bacoor, Imus, Dasmarinas via Aguinaldo Highway. Not recommended due to presence of heavy traffic made worse by SM Dasmarinas and Robinsons Palapala. At the end of Aguinaldo Highway is the Tagaytay Rotonda (roundabout) where a statue of Ninoy Aquino, a BPI with ATM, Days Inn, Max's Restaurant and 7-11 store as landmarks.

Option 5: Another route for the adventurous to Tagaytay is via Daang Hari that passes by Molino, Bacoor, Imus, Dasmarinas and Silang. It bypasses the traffic chokepoint of Bacoor rotonda but not SM Dasma and Robinsons.

Option 6: From Sto. Tomas, Batangas via StarToll in going to Lipa City, take Sambat exit and follow the national road to Talisay then go up Ligaya Drive, the zigzag road to Tagaytay (sometimes called Bitukang Manok, not for the faint of heart and newbie drivers)

Note: If you're a foreigner, you can hire vans to get there or an airport taxi. Some taxi drivers charge a fixed rate or double the meter fare plus toll fees.

How to Commute to Tagaytay:
This is a backpacking blog so backpacking Tagaytay should really mean taking public transportation :P

If you're going to Tagaytay via public transportation, request the driver to drop you off at your destination if along the way or at Tagaytay Rotonda (landmarks: Ninoy Aquino monument, BPI, Max's, 7-11) where you can ride jeepneys or tricycle to your target place.

From Manila Airport to Tagaytay City: the cheapest way is to ride the shuttle service from all terminals that pass by MRT Taft Avenue Station and ride BLTB or Crow Transit Buses to Tagaytay. Alternatively, hire a taxi to take you directly to Tagaytay (no idea on current fares) or just to the bus stations.

From Mandaluyong to Tagaytay: Ride vans (V-Hires) bound for Batangas and Tagaytay in front of Starmall at the corner of EDSA and Shaw Boulevard (walking distance from MRT Shaw Boulevard station). Fare as of posting time is PhP150.00 (this is the best option for those living in Rizal province)

From Laguna to Tagaytay: In Pagsanjan Public Market, there are vans/fx/V-Hires going to Palapala in Dasmarinas Cavite. On reaching Pala-pala transport terminal (near Robinsons Dasmarinas and SM Dasma), transfer to a bus going to Tagaytay where it's less than an hour away.

Calamba to Tagaytay: ride shuttle service at the public market beside Waltermark Calamba or at the Calamba Central Terminal. Cheaper alternative, ride a jeepney going to Balibago complex in Sta. Rosa then transfer to Tagaytay-bound jeepneys.

Balibago to Tagaytay Public Market: Regular jeepneys plying the route to/from Balibago Transport terminal in Sta. Rosa Laguna to Tagaytay Public Market route.

From Alabang: ride the van/fx at the terminal at the corner of SLEX and Alabang-Zapote Road, Filinvest Festival Mall, or still another at Starmall (formerly Metropolis Mall Alabang)

From Cubao, Quezon City: ride buses going to Nasugbu, Lemery or Calatagan at Cubao Bus Terminal in front of Ali Mall.

Shuttle service (vans, FX, V-Hires) in front of EGI Mall (Jollibee) at the corner of Taft Avenue and Sen. Gil Puyat Ave (Buendia) going to Nasugbu, Balayan and Lemery, Batangas that all pass by Tagaytay.

Shuttle service (vans, FX, V-Hires) going to Nasugbu, Balayan and Lemery at Metropoint mall basement at the corner of EDSA and Taft Avenue (accessible from LRT EDSA Station or MRT Taft Avenue station, this is also the so-called EDSA Rotonda though there's really no rotunda there). Current fare is PhP160.00 (regardless of where you're going since it's a derecho trip...information provided by Tutubi's officemate who lives in Balayan, Batangas)

Buses to Tagaytay:
Bus Fare to Tagaytay Rotonda from EDSA Rotonda (EDSA corner Taft Avenue, near LRT and MRT): PhP83.00 (as of March 2011)

JAM Transit has trips to Tagaytay, Balayan, Batangas, Lemery. Jam Transit terminal is at Taft Avenue corner Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue accessible from LRT Buendia station.

Crow Transit (Crow bus terminal at the corner Taft Ave & EDSA right below MRT Taft Avenue station and walking distance from LRT EDSA station, same terminal as Erjohn & Almark and Genesis behind Sogo Hotel and MacDonalds) has buses to Nasugbu/Calatagan/Balayan in regular schedules.

BLTB (EDSA, Malibay, Pasay City) has buses every 15 minutes to Nasugbu, Balayan or Calatagan Batangas that pass by Tagaytay

Kirby Bus to Tagaytay from Lawton

San Agustin bus with signboard "Mendez-Tagaytay" from Harrison Plaza on Vito Cruz (Pablo Ocampo) or Baclaran via Coastal Road, Aguinaldo Highway to the towns of Bacoor, Imus, Dasmarinas and Silang before reaching Tagaytay. (note this is a slow route due to lots of chokepoints in Cavite)

Saulog Bus Lines with signboard "Mendez-Tagaytay" from Harrison Plaza in Manila or Baclaran via Coastal Road, Aguinaldo Highway to the towns of Bacoor, Imus, Dasmarinas and Silang before reaching Tagaytay (note this is a slow route due to lots of chokepoints in Cavite)

Celyrosa Bus Lines, ordinary buses (i.e. non-airconditioned) in Pasay City (note this is a slow route due to lots of chokepoints in Cavite)

Getting Around Tagaytay via Jeepneys
Once you alight from your bus at Tagaytay Rotonda, you can proceed to your destination by riding jeepneys:

Jeepneys going to People's Park in the Sky (indicated on the jeepney signage or emblazoned on the sides) at Olivarez Plaza near Tagaytay Rotonda will take you to People's Park in the Sky, Picnic Grove, Tagaytay Public Market (where you can catch jeepneys going to Balibago, Sta. Rosa, striking distance from Enchanted Kingdom), Rowena's Cafe (after a jeepney ride to Balibago), Good Shepherd Convent (Bahay Pastulan pasalubong, near Mary Ridge), Tagaytay Econo Inn, Royal Taal Inn, Keni Po Rooms, Aroma Apartelle, Amora Rooms, 5R Rooms for Rent, T House, Development Academy of the Philippines, Japanese Garden, Tagaytay Gymnasium.

Jeepneys with signboards Nasugbu or Mendez will take you to Mendez Junction, Pamana Restaurant, Antonio's Restaurant, Bag of Beans, Caleruega Church (after a tricycle ride), Evercrest Hotel, RSM Lutong Bahay Restaurant, Mijo Hotel, Magallanes Square (Starbucks, Figaro, Leslie's Restaurant, Max's, Cafe Lupe, Kitaro, LZM Lutong Bahay, Magallanes Square Hotel), Josephine's Restaurant, Royale Parc Hotel and Restaurant, The Summit Ridge Hotel, Tagaytay International Convention Center, Mushroom Burger, Rancho Ferva Lodge, Taal Vista Hotel, Bali Village Hotel, The Roberts Inn, Hotel Dolores, Residence Inn (with a mini-zoo), Tagaytay City Hall, Mahogany Market, 41st Division USAFFE site (beside Metro Tagaytay College of Business and Arts in Kaybagal South), Splendido Taal Golf and Country Club, Sonya's Garden et al.

Jeepneys to Talisay, for those wanting for a boat ride in Taal Lake, are available at the corner of the highway and Ligaya drive (landmark: Tagaytay Elementary School)

Going back to Manila, you may need to ride a jeepney to People's Park in the Sky, then transfer to a jeepney going back to Olivarez Plaza where you wait for buses to take you back to Manila. Recommend buses via Sta. Rosa (SLEX), and not via Silang/Dasma/Imus/Bacoor (Aguinaldo Highway) for lesser travel time.

Tricycles can also be hired in Tagaytay (taxis are not available) but usually charge fares much more than taking public utility jeepneys (PUJ) so be forewarned.

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