Tagaytay City, Cavite (History, People, Places, Businesses, Events, Churches, Facts)

The City of Tagaytay (Filipino: Lungsod ng Tagaytay) is a third class city in the province of Cavite, Philippines. Only 55 km (34 mi) away from Manila via Aguinaldo Highway, it is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. Tagaytay City provides a good view of the Taal Volcano. The city is a popular summer tourist destination because of its cool climate due to its high altitude.


Legend has it that the word “Tagaytay” came from “TAGA” meaning “to cut” and “ITAY” which means “Father”. A father and son were said to be on a wild boar hunt when the animal they were chasing turned and attacked them. As the boar charged towards the old man, the son cried “TAGA- ITAY”. The boy’s repeated shouts reverberated in the valleys of the ridge. Heard by the residents, hunters and wood gatherers, the cries became the subject of conversation for several days among the people in the countryside. In time, the place where the shouts came from became known as TAGAYTAY.

During the Philippine Revolution of 1896, the ridges and forests of Tagaytay became the sanctuary for revolutionaries including of those from nearby provinces. The passage to and from towns via Tagaytay added the word “Mananagaytay” to the native’s vocabulary. It means “to traverse ridges”.
At the outbreak of the Second World War, the 11th Airborne Division of Lieutenant General William Krueger’s 8th Army airdropped military supplies and personnel on the Tagaytay Ridge prior to the Liberation of Manila from the Japanese. A marker was installed in 1951 at the junction of the Manila-Canlubang-Nasugbu roads by the city officials in coordination with the Philippine Historical Institute.
Tagaytay became a chartered City on June 21, 1938 when President Manuel L. Quezon signed Commonwealth Act No. 338, a bill authored by Representative Justiniano S. Montano of Cavite.

The City of Tagaytay is geographically located at the Southeastern part and highest point of Cavite at 120º56’ latitude and 14º16’ longitude. It overlooks Manila Bay on the North, Taal Volcano and Taal Lake on the South and Laguna de Bay on the East. The total land area of the city is 6,500 hectares (65 square kilometers. Tagaytay City is composed of 34 barangays, 10 of which are urban and the rest are rural.

How to get to Tagaytay City

Tagaytay is an hour and 15 minutes drive from Manila via the South Superhighway or through the Coastal Road. If going through the South Superhighway, take the Carmona Exit and drive down through the Governor’s Drive and Silang up to the entrance of Tagaytay City. Or through South Superhighway, take Sta. Rosa exit going straight to Tagaytay City.

There are two possible ways to get to Tagaytay via the Coastal Road: Indang and Mendez Roads on Trece Martirez and Amadeo areas. If coming from the neighboring town of Ternate, Cavite take the Naic road and drive straight to Indang and Trece Martirez. From Batangas Province, the best way to reach Tagaytay is through the new circumferential road. From Laguna, you may enter Tagaytay through the Carmona exit. There are buses and vans that ply to Tagaytay from Manila on a daily basis from 6:00 AM to 9:00PM. The CELYROSA, CROWN, and other bus companies have their terminals in EDSA, Pasay City,Lawton and at Baclaran..

Tagaytay City is administratively subdivided into 34 barangays.
Bagong Tubig
Calabuso (Calabuso South & North)
Dapdap East
Dapdap West
Francisco (San Francisco)
Guinhawa North
Guinhawa South
Iruhin East
Iruhin South
Iruhin West
Kaybagal East
Kaybagal North
Kaybagal South (Pob.)
Mag-Asawang Ilat
Maharlika East
Maharlika West
Maitim 2nd Central
Maitim 2nd East
Maitim 2nd West
Mendez Crossing East
Mendez Crossing West
Patutong Malaki North
Patutong Malaki South
San Jose
Silang Junction North
Silang Junction South
Sungay North
Sungay South
Tolentino East
Tolentino West

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