We had a quick trip to Tagaytay City last week – a much needed respite from the hot summer beat working for continuous days in front of the computer.

We needed a visual break!

Merely 55km south of Manila, it takes over an hour’s drive to reach the the country’s “2nd Summer Capital” (after Baguio City) owing to its cooler climate provided by its high altitude.

One of the country’s popular tourist destinations due to its outstanding scenery and climate cooler than Metro-Manila’s, Tagaytay – a component city of the province of Cavite – provides an iconic view of the famous Taal Lake and Taal Volcano of Batangas.

With weathermen announcing the approach of a very strong tropical storm from the Pacific, we were fortunate to reach Tagaytay City and find Taal Lake not covered with fog, which is what usually happens during rainy seasons.

It was perfect weather – a bright and sunny day!

The view from the erstwhile “Palace in the Sky” (now People’s Park in the Sky) atop Mount Sungay - the highest point of the province of Cavite with an elevation of 709 metres (2,326 ft) above sea level:

Above, Tagaytay Highlands

Taal Lake and Volcano

Tierra de Maria – a meditation and prayer chapel, home of the 50-ft image of Mother Mary

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Brushed up on onsite/locational shooting with a shoot featuring our niece Kristine Marie Joy at the Japanese Garden along Magsaysay Blvd. in Tacloban City.

We made her look like a hippie. ;)

 

 

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Yes, it’s that time of the year and fiesta time for Tacloban City is now here again!

While the big fiesta celebration is on June 29 & 30 yet, fiesta activities start about a month or so before then.

So food stalls, tiangges and nightly entertainment shows have come to life once again at the city’s main fiesta celebration venues – at the Balyuan Compound, Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival Park and at the Astrodome.

We were at the official opening of this year’s Pintados Kasadyaan Festival Park (formerly RTR Plaza) last Friday, June 08.

Here was the scene…

 

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