By Anthony Giron
Tagaytay, Cavite — Thousands of foreign and local tourists are expected to make their way to this city just over an hour away from Metro Manila during the Lenten and summer season to soak in its cooler weather, tranquility or visit retreat houses , churches and other attractions.
Mayor Agnes D. Tolentino, her husband Cavite 7th District Representative Abraham Tolentino and other city officials are at the helm in keeping the city a place for everyone.
The city police force and other concerned authorities have mapped out security and traffic plans for Lent and the summer months, when over 500,000 visitors are expected.
Tagaytay has 77 churches and other religious congregation sites and over 300 hotels, restaurants, resorts and other related sites.
Among the areas frequented by the religious during the Holy Week are, among others, the Pink Sisters Convent in Barangay Maitim, Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Silang Crossing and Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church in Sungay West.
The city has 14 churches where the faithful can pray on Visita Iglesia or Church Visit on Maundy Thursday.
Busy areas during the summer months are the parks, hotels, inns and other stay-in establishments along the seven-kilometer ridge overlooking the world-famous Taal volcano and lake.
Among the frequented sites are the Picnic Grove and People’s Park Sky Park and Sky Ranch and Resort.
The Cavite Provincial Tourism Office tagged Tagaytay City as the top tourist destination for years in Region IV-A or the Calabarzon (Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon) area.
The tourism office said that about two million local and foreign tourists visit the city year-round, with the bulk coming during the Lenten and summer months and Christmas season.
The serenity, cool climate, greenery, clean surroundings and the panoramic view of Taal Volcano and Lake are among the major Tagaytay City attractions.
The city is also known as an environment, child and family-friendly city.
The city has been a recipient of numerous recognition awards from the national government and international organizations through the years.
Officials have been cited for being the best in terms of tourism and environment, performance, good governance system and concerns for health, literacy, development and the youth and the elderly especially retirees.