Sixty kilometers south of Manila is one of the country’s most popular destinations: Tagaytay City. It attracts local and foreign tourists alike because of its close proximity to Manila, its cooler temperature and the scenic views of the Taal Volcano. It is famous for a lot of tourist destinations like the Picnic Grove, People’s Park and Sonya’s Garden. But these days, the volume of tourists that flock to the country’s second summer capital has made getting to these tourist spots very frustrating. A day in Tagaytay City would now be made up mostly of waiting inside the car, waiting for the traffic to move, finding a parking space and waiting in line for something. Nevertheless, I recently endured all these and went there to check out some of the places where tourists flock.
Pink Sisters Convent
The Adoration Convent of the Divine Mercy is better known as the Pink Sisters Convent. It is home to a community of nuns in pink habit who have devoted their life to worshipping God through silence and praying seven days a week and twenty-four hours a day.
After a short mass at the Pink Sisters, lunch would be in order. While Leslie’s in Tagaytay seems to be the top-of-mind restaurant for a bowl of bulalo, the LZM Restaurant just across it would do just fine.
After a very filling lunch, head over to the Puzzle Mansion, home to the world’s largest collection of jigsaw puzzles. This collection is owned by Mrs. Georgina Gil-Lacuna who received the Guinness World Records on November 29, 2012. Mrs. Lacuna has been collecting puzzles for 26 years and her largest puzzle has 18,000 pieces.
Checking out the Puzzle Mansion really brought me back to my childhood days when jigsaw puzzles were my number 1 toys. I kept thinking that had I pursued that hobby I would’ve had my own puzzle mansion. Anyway, I liked that place a lot. Hopefully I could go back there and brave the steep roads again with my trusty Rogue.
***all photos were taken using iphone 5.