Once upon a time, parasapinga took a time out with a group called batch 62 with baby lilia at the helm to play a little bowling at tagaytay highlands.
Yet there were much more in this hot spot to see in this southern part of luzon that was new to learn by most of members of the group who probably are unaware that overlooking from the ridge that is tagaytay are kumintang communities surrounding the famed taal volcano and that the vicinity is where the fault of mariquina or marikina fault ends.
Think Swiss chalets. Think cable cars. Think miniature horses and pot-bellied pigs. Think an 18-hole golf course that follows the natural contours of a mountain ridge. Think of cool air and a home away from home.
Think Tagaytay Highlands.
Just 90 minutes’ drive from Metro Manila, Tagaytay Highlands is nestled in a secluded corner of Tagaytay Ridge, commanding a dazzling view of Taal Lake and vistas of Laguna de Bay, Mounts Makiling and Banahaw, Metro Manila, Batangas and, on a really clear day, even the faraway island of Mindoro.
From the veranda of The Belle View, the perimeter of Taal Lake with Taal Volcano at its center can be seen.
There was a clear unimpeded view of Taal Lake, to the left were rolling hills of greens, golf courses that would surely drive any one from Highlands Golf Clubhouse the Country Clubhouse to Toscana, the Highlands Italian restaurant.
When groundwork on the Highlands was started in 1991, the property had to be carefully carved out from the ridge to preserve the area’s natural contour.
Roadworks were laid out before any actual construction was built in the resort. After developments were put in place, a program of redeveloping the environment followed to preserve the natural beauty of Tagaytay Ridge.
The Pinecrest Village is designed like an Alpine village, the first residential project in the complex.
The Villas house a cluster of single family units that are arranged on a ridge, with houses following a Mediterranean-Spanish colonial style.
The Belle View is a 12-storey wedge of a building on Tagaytay Ridge that offers a perfect view of Taal Lake. The Woodlands is a more rustic development with houses made of cedar logs, while The Spa and Lodge offer hotel-type accommodations.
And there is the Saratoga Hills, another residential development, and Plantation Hills, which offer weekend and amateur farmers an opportunity to develop their own backyard farms.Lunch at the Midlands Golf Clubhouse was a buffet of Middle Eastern specials, complete with a shawarma station and a lechon baka station.
I remember one Dinner at Highlander Steakhouse in the past.