Tagaytay City: The Philippines’ Second Summer Capital
Tagaytay City is one of the most scenic and popular destinations near the national capital Manila. The eighth to be chartered, it was made into city upon the approval of Commonwealth Act No. 338 by President Manuel L. Quezon on June 21, 1938.
CA No. 338 empowered President Quezon to “appoint, with the consent of the Commission on Appointments of the National Assembly, the Mayor, the Vice-mayor, and the members of the City Council, the city health officer, the city engineer, the chief of police, the city treasurer, the city assessor, the city attorney, and the assistant attorney, and he may remove at pleasure any of the said appointive officers” (Section 6. Appointment of city officials).
All around the city are several landmarks. This Rizal Monument in front of the City Hall was built in commemoration of the death centenary of the Philippines’ foremost national hero.
A few meters away from the City Hall is the Saint Michael the Archangel Monument. It was unveiled during the feast of the saint on September 29, 2003.
Beside the Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway is the Praying Hands Monument which was inaugurated on November 4, 2002. Faith as the very strength of the people of Tagaytay City is best expressed through prayer is what the monument depicts.
On August 28, 1941, the 41st Philippine Division was organized in Tagaytay City, Cavite. The division was formed pursuant to the Military Order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued on July 26, 1941 and Proclamation No. 740 by President Manuel L. Quezon on August 10, 1941. Headed by General Vicente Lim, the country’s first graduate in West Point, the 41st Division fought valiantly in the Battle of Bataan. The 41st Division, PA, USAFFE Shrine was erected to commemorate and honor the bravery and sacrifice of the officers and personnel of the 41st, 42nd and 43rd Infantry Regiments, 41st Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Medical Batallion, 41st Engineering Batallion, and the Division’s Service Units.
Under the command of Lt. Gen. Robert Eichelberger, the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division, 8th Army of the US Armed Forces, successfully executed the first parachute landing in the Philippines on February 3, 1945. This action was critical in the Liberation of Manila and other fronts of the Battle of Luzon. In 1951, the Philippine Historical Committee put up a marker in Tagaytay Rotunda as a tribute.
One of most famous and iconic Philippine destinations is Taal Volcano. Although the lake and the volcano do not belong to the Tagaytay City and the Province of Cavite, nevertheless, it commands the best view of the lake and the volcano.
There are other tourist destinations that can be visited in the city such as People’s Park In The Sky, Picnic Grove, Japanese Friendship Garden, and Tagaytay Highlands.
Renowned for its cool temperature, the city is now beaming with life and vibe. Numerous hotels and resorts such as Taal Vista Hotel and Summit Ridge Hotel provide easy access to relaxed weekend getaway. Exciting gastronomic experiences can be had in its wide array of restaurants.