Sunday, May 6, 2012

Other Side Of The Ridge

A feast for the senses in timeless Tagaytay

MANILA, Philippines - A trip to Tagaytay, at least for the young and restive, almost always starts with a spontaneous urge to drive, looking out for the first bite of cold, windows rolled down. Roads getting steeper, trees older; wayside stands for flowers, plants, fruits and furniture, appearing one by one. The road banks and suddenly you're at the rotonda. Jackets on, hoods up -- just to turn to the nearest 24-hour fast food to grab a burger.

Ironically, as much as Tagaytay is considered a quick escape, the mountain city is slowly morphing into an extended leisure area of, say, Makati or Taguig. And while tourism and business developments are always welcome in any metropolis, these changes somehow obscure the intrinsic charm that has made Tagaytay one of the finest leisure destinations in the country. After all, there's more to Tagaytay than cold weather.

Recently, Alveo Land invited members of the media to the other side of the Tagaytay ridge, far-off the busy Aguinaldo Highway, for a one-of-a-kind Five Senses Tour. "We conceptualized this tour because we wanted to celebrate what we've always loved about Tagaytay, the cool ambiance, the authenticity of home-cooked fares and the relaxing sound of nature," shared Eunice Acejo, Marketing Head of Alveo Land.

Indeed, colors, textures, tastes, scent and sounds, every sensation seems to be intensified by the crisp air of cool Tagaytay. So the next time you feel like driving up the city for a Mushroom Burger or a cup of coffee in Bag of Beans, here are five virtually undiscovered spots that you might want to see:

Sight Stop: Moon Garden
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