BATANGAS-CAVITE-TAGAYTAY TRIP by Hitch Travel & Tours

“Nature brings us closer to God.”

Taking a break from our busy lives by spending time in nature is a good way to relax and cherish the lavishing blessings of our Creator.

On the 30th day of September 2017, I and my significant other decided to join an #Instagrammable Batangas-Tagaytay-Cavite Getaway by Hitch Travel and Tours. We usually arrange our trips on our own, but because of the impressive reviews about the tour packages they are offering, we decided to consider their group tour. The tour consists of destinations we haven’t visited yet when we had our road trip in Batangas [view our blog] last August so the package has been thought-provoking for us.

Today, I’ll be sharing about our Batangas-Tagaytay-Cavite Getaway and provide some information about the places we have visited.

1. KOREAN TEMPLE, SILANG CAVITE

Visiting the Korean Temple situated in Silang, Cavite gave us a glimpse of how Buddhist temple looks like. It was built in 2008 and also known as The Manila Buddhist Zen Center, the first Korean temple in the Philippines.

When we arrived the place, we were greeted by the One-Pillar gate  of the temple that represents the unity of the mind [One Mind]. There were Chinese characters on the pillars and hanging board which we were not able to translate in English.

As we enter the gate, we saw two muscular statues bearing weapons believed to be protecting the temple from evil spirits, and a Pagoda with images of Buddha located along the path few meters from the temple’s gate.

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At the back of the Pagoda lies the main Great Buddha Hall that contains the main object of adoration. Non-Koreans were not allowed to enter this hall but permitted to take photos from the outside door.

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2. DREAMLAND ARTS & CAFE

The second place we visited was the Dreamland Arts & Cafe in Tagaytay. We were really fascinated with the design of the place full of hanging dream catchers in different sizes that welcomed us in the ground floor where the store is located. Dream Catchers are believed to catch bad dreams and let only good dreams through to the dreamer.

Inside the stores were different collections of dream catchers necklaces/bracelets, wigs, stationeries, bags,  and related bohemian items as seen from the photos below. After exploring the store, we went upstairs to see the interior of the cafe and take photographs of the sites without ordering from their menu. Felt guilty somehow, but really appreciate the people there for being kind to let us explore the cafe without forcing us to order. This cafe is open 24/7 and we are looking forward to come back here in our future Tagaytay adventures to try their food as well.

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3. THE ADORATION CONVENT OF DIVINE MERCY  CHAPEL ( Pink Sisters)

Can you help me find the 2 praying nuns in pink clothing behind the iron grills of the altar in the third photo? This might be the reason why The Adoration Convent of Divine Mercy Chapel is better known as Pink Sisters Church.

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  • Address             : Holy Spirit Drive,. Brgy. Maitim 2nd, East. 4120 Tagaytay City
  • Schedule            : Daily Holy Mass- 6:30 am, Vespers/Benediction – 5:00 p.m. Sunday Holy Masses: 7:30 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. with Vespers, First Saturday: Holy Hour/Mass – 4:15 p.m.
  • Contact No.       :  (046) 413 1211

4. MC DONALDS TAGAYTAY (side trip)

Part of our itinerary was to drive-thru Mcdonalds for breakfast, but since we were almost two hours early from our schedule, Kuya Ammon (our tour coordinator) advised us to dine in instead. Seeing the 3-storey building of Mcdonalds, the biggest I have seen so far, makes us excited to go up to the third floor and experience the picturesque view of Taal Lake. We really enjoyed the view and the relaxing ambiance of this place.

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5.  GINGERBREAD HOUSE

We’re never too old to feel being a kid again in the Gingerbread House located in Alfonso, Cavite. Entering the house give us so much childhood feels with the sweets and baked goodies inside, Christmas design, giant teddy bear, and play area that every kid would wish for. You can buy their freshly baked goodies like cupcakes, gingerbread house cookies inside the house. They also have a small fish spa in their garden and a souvenir shop near the train station hall where events/gatherings usually take place.

There is also a Well of Dreams where you can hang your wooden plaques with your wishes; playground, spacious open garden, etc.

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6. SONYA’S GARDEN

One of the best places we have visited from our trip is the Sonya’s Garden. It felt like being in a paradise seeing the astonishing flora that greeted us as we enter the place.

More than just a scenic green space having perfectly beautiful landscapes, Sonya’s Garden is a bed and breakfast with 14 cottage and 18 rooms for accommodation; restaurant serving organically grown, veggies and edible flowers; spa for relaxing massages and healing; shops such as Apothecary, Country Store, herbs and flowers; and, Panaderia where you can buy freshly baked bread, honey, and some other delicacies for pasalubong. It is also a home for celebrations such as weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, etc.

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7. SPLENDIDO TAAL GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB (side trip)

Another serene picturesque of Taal Lake can be viewed from the mountaintop of Splendido Taal Country Club along the Nasugbu-Tagaytay National Highway. Thanks to the Hitch Travel & Tour coordinator (Kuya Ammon) who provided us this wonderful side trip even just for a few minutes.

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8. JVF BULALOHAN

After visiting 7 destinations, we headed to JVF Bulalohan situated in Batangas-Tagaytay along Tuy road. we should have had our lunch in Bulalo Point but since it was quite out of the way already, we took our lunch here and it has an equally amazing overview of Taal Lake. I took photos of the menu for your reference in case you’ll be interested to visit this place a well. Note that there will be a Php50 service charge to be added on your bill.

The rain poured so hard while we were taking or lunch and the view of Taal became totally out of sight. When the rain has been tolerable already, we went back to the van and continued our tour.

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  • Address             : Tagaytay – Nasugbu Hwy, Tagaytay, Cavite, Philippines

9. CALERUEGA CHURCH

Second to the last of our major destinations is visiting the Caleruega Church,” established by Filipino Dominicans with the hopes that it will be a genesis for people speaking to and for the Divine Creator” as written in the pamphlet provided when we entered the place. Unlike other Catholic Churches, this church has an entrance fee of Php 30 and an environmental fee of P20. We were given a brochure with a map as follows:

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Soon after we entered the gate, we followed the path going to the  Tent of Chapel Transfiguration. We crossed the hanging bridge and walked up to the hill of more than 100 steps to see the main church of Caleruega. With all the hopes of finally reaching the top to see the Church as displayed on the brochure, we realized that it was not. We did not bother to walk further to the chapel as we have only 15 minutes left just enough to go back to the van in time. Despite not seeing the main Transfiguration Chapel located few meters away from the main entrance at the back of the Cenaculum, we were still lucky because we were able to reach the bridge and view the tent church uphill which is usually less traveled by. We also thanked Kuya Ammon for sharing his photograph of the main church for our blog.

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10. FANTASY WORLD

Part of Tagaytay-Nasugbo road going to Lemery, Batangas is still closed due to ongoing bridge repair. Only tricycles are passable to the bridge. Since this road is the nearest road to pass through going to Fantasy World from Nasugbo area, we crossed the bridge which is just a few meters away from the unobstructed road. Then, we rode a jeepney to reach our destination.

Finally! We’ve made it! I’ve been wanting to visit and explore this place for so long and really happy for this opportunity.

Fantasy World is known to be an abandoned themed park and dubbed as the supposed Disneyland in the Philippines. Joining a group tour would really make sense if you are planning to visit this place alone or with one companion as the entrance fee would cost Php 1000 good for 1-10 persons. We are happy to share with you the wide angle shots we have taken in the Fantasy World.

Below are additional photos of our Fantasy World adventure.

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11.VERDIVIEW RESTAURANT  (side trip)

After completing our itinerary, we had a side trip to this nature-themed restaurant located in Alfonso, Cavite to buy their special mami/lomi. Some of us chose to dine in but we opt to just have a quick view of the place then went back to the van after. The restaurant caters Filipino cuisine with a number of Kubos (native house), pavilions, transient houses, playground, and hidden resort as written on the tarpaulin.Contact Details

12. HILLCREST PLAZA (side trip)

Last but not the least, we bought some pasalubong in Rowena’s Pasalubong and Restaurant located at the Hillcrest Plaza, Emilio Aguinaldo Highway. There were so many delicacies you can choose from such as Buko pie, peanuts, piaya, etc.

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  • Address             : Emilio Aguinaldo Hwy, Crossing Silang East, Tagaytay, 4120 Cavite
  • Contact No.      : 0919 355 4999

BUDGET & ITINERARY

Here is a summary of our itinerary and total expenses from our tour for your reference.BACATA IT

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Overall, our tour with Hitch Travel and Tours has been amazing and worth remembering. We thank you for being part of the one of our many more adventures to come.

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