Organic Farms in Tagaytay You Should Visit

Any visit in Tagaytay will not be complete if you don’t drop by the beautiful organic farms scattered around the city. Thanks to the lush flora and cool climate, these places are perfect for proposals in preparation for events like Tagaytay weddings. In addition to that, these places are also ideal for those who are looking for alternative tourist spots in Tagaytay. Check out the following organic farms on your next visit in Tagaytay!

Sonya’s Garden

Sonya’s Garden gained prominence from its serene ambiance and organic menu offerings. It is considered as one of the best B&B (Bed and Breakfast) gardens near Tagaytay. It is also a well-known destination among couples during their proposals, pre-nuptial photo shoots, and wedding reception. Sonya’s Garden is also famous among vegans and organic food enthusiasts because they offer farm to table dining experience in an alfresco dining area. The garden is well maintained and visitors often praise the place for its floral and greenery varieties.

How to Get There:

If you are from Sky Ranch, drive straight in Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway going to Batangas until you pass Splendido Taal and Alfonso Hotel Tagaytay. Turn right on Buck Estate Road and head straight until you’ve reached Sonya’s Country Bed and Breakfast. Don’t worry though; there will be signs that will lead you to their gate.

Gourmet Farms

You have probably seen and tasted their fresh products in supermarkets. However, visiting their farm in Silang is something you need to experience. The sprawling 10-hectare compound is home to a restaurant, a number of plantation areas, salad production section, coffee factory and a church.

Gourmet Farms is known as the first organic farm in the Philippines. They allow their visitors to witness their farm to table operations to ensure that everyone gets the freshest organic produce. The tour lets people see several sections of the compound from different greens farms, sample culinary herbs and observe the farm’s processes that keep their products at the top of everything else.

How to Get There:

Once you pass the Ilog Maria farm, you will see Gourmet Farm’s big signage before you reach Tagaytay City proper. Look for the farms’ quaint shop at the left side of the Emilio Aguinaldo Highway going to Tagaytay.

 

Ilog Maria Honey Bee Farm

If you are someone who loves honey, then Ilog Maria Honey Bee Farm is the perfect place for you. This farm will help you learn more about the importance of bees in our daily life. Ilog Maria lets you discover the wonderful benefits of bee farming. With their tour packages, you will get to know about the organic produce and the significant role of bees in our ecosystem. Another reason to visit the farm is they sell the purest honey bee products at a very considerable price! The little shop they have sells all kinds of bee products like pure honey, lip balm, wax candles, soaps, insect bite creams and massage oil.

How to Get There:

From Silang, Cavite, go south of Emilio Aguinaldo Highway going to Tagaytay. After the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies, you should see the blue “Illog Maria” sign board on the left. In case you are commuting, ride a jeep going to Tagaytay—Silang and ask the driver to drop you off in Ilog Maria. Take the dirt road left which leads to the farm’s gate.

Feel free to visit these organic farms when you go to Tagaytay!

All About World Chocolate Day!

One of the best things you can use as a party favor or a giveaway at your Tagaytay wedding is hot chocolate! It’s the perfect way to stay warm and it’s loved by everybody, but did you know how the trend of chocolate started?

What is World Chocolate Day?

World Chocolate Day is held on July 7, and is celebrated by eating chocolate. This year, it’s been 466 years since chocolate was introduced to Europe. The United States also celebrates International Chocolate day on September 13 and is also celebrated buy eating chocolate, however, the day itself is the birthday of Milton S. Hershey, the founder of The Hershey Chocolate Company, and the town of Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Cultivation of cacao beans in Mesoamerica

On July 7, 1550, chocolate, which was native to Central and South America, and Mexico, was introduced to Europe. The cultivation of cacao beans in Central and South America, or back then, Mesoamerica, can be traced as far back as 1900 BC. The peoples of Mesoamerica, such as the Mayas and the Aztecs, made chocolate drinks from these beans. These beverages were called xocolatl, which means “bitter water.”

The Mayans used cacao seeds to create and brew drinks for their ceremonies, while the Aztecs in the fifth century drank their bitter water with vanilla and chili peppers. The cacao beans were so highly valued that they served as currency.

Introduction of chocolate to Spain

Christopher Columbus, the Italian explorer who reached the Americas, might have already brought back cacao beans to Spain when he came back from his final voyage from the Americas in 1504. Another explorer, Hernán Cortés, who was the Spanish conquistador who caused the fall of the Aztec Empire and handed over much of then Mexico to the King of Castille in the 16th century, in 1519 wrote that chocolate is “the divine drink which builds up resistance and fights fatigue. A cup of this precious drink permits a man to walk for a whole day without food.” He brought back cacao and brewing instruments to Spain in 1528, and Spanish royalty received chocolates from native peoples, too.

The introduction of chocolate to Spain can be traced back to July 7, 1550, but whatever real date it arrived in Spain, people didn’t let it stay there. Spanish friars traveled across Europe, from monastery to monastery, and introduced to them the cacao.

Spread to Europe and North America

In 1615, chocolate was introduced to France when Anne of Austria gave hot chocolate to her husband, Louis XIII of France. It became a hit and France embraced chocolate. It was considered an aphrodisiac and became linked to art. In 1657, the first chocolate house in London opened, and English society believed that chocolate can cure anything including tuberculosis. It was flavored with coffee, wine, and pepper, and became even more famous when the Dutch put milk and sugar in it in the 1700s. Fry and Sons, which was founded in 1761, made the first chocolate bars by putting sugar and cocoa butter together with the cacao. In 1868 in England, Cadbury, which was founded in 1824, was already manufacturing boxed chocolates. In the United States, Milton S. Hershey bought equipment for chocolate processing, and founded The Hershey Chocolate Company in 1894.

Chocolate has come a long way, and has always been a favorite no matter which country it arrived in. How do you think you and your guests will enjoy hot chocolate at your Tagaytay wedding? Sweet and milky like the Dutch, spicy like the Mayans and Aztecs, or with a little kick like the French? No matter how you enjoy your hot chocolate, it’s sure to be a hit.

Tagaytay History: The Katipunero’s Hideaway

Manila is such a whirling, busy city these days that the surrounding business districts like Makati, Taguig, and Bonifacio Global City keep Metro Manila a city of life and flowing economy.  Tagaytay is certainly one of those places where the busy Manileño can visit to relax from the industry of the city.  Did you know that the topography of Tagaytay was the perfect area for escape during the Philippine Revolution?  Before Tagaytay became known as the best and most accessible getaway from the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila, even before the place became famous for its gorgeous Tagaytay luxury homes, it was the best place that the Katipuneros thought of in order to escape the pursuing Spanish guards.  That’s right,  our forefathers were the ones that discovered the escape that we know today as Tagaytay City.

A True Escape


The southern province of Cavite is the cradle of the Philippine Revolution.  It is in this province that the country was emancipated from the Spanish Crown.  Here, in Cavite, the first official republic of the Philippines led by Emilio Aguinaldo was established.  The province of Cavite is situated right at the doors of Manila Bay, making this province the perfect port for galleons to enter and exit the area of Manila.  On one side, the province is bordered by the sea, while on the other side, it is bordered by large slopes of lowlands, followed by ridges moving up towards high mountainous regions.  It was these mountainous ridges that the Katipuneros used in order for them to escape the pursuing Spanish guardias.  It was in these mountains that the Katipuneros found sanctuary from the clutches of the Spanish Crown.  Very much like Tagaytay City is to the tenacious, hard working Manileño of today, it is an escape from the activity that is the booming economy of the Metro district, a relief from the clutches of pursuing workload and gruelling hours of the city.

History and Beauty


The province of Cavite certainly has no lack of history in its gorgeous landscapes.  Beyond Tagaytay, there are stories upon stories by which the Philippines was shaped into the developing country that it is today.  In Cavite City alone, there are historical landmarks that will let you experience and see how important the province was in entering the country.  Corregidor Island by itself is already a monument that speaks volumes on how closely guarded the province was from across the bay.  Out of five islands that guard the entrance of Manila Bay, Corregidor Island is by far the largest of them all.  What the Spaniards failed to realize is that Corregidor Island is such a strategic location for deploying troops to other parts of Asia.  The Americans were able to realize this during the time of their occupation of the country.  It was during the American Colonization that Corregidor Island was developed into a full-scale fortified base, complete with then state-of-the-art artillery, an underground tunnel grid, and a hospital for the wounded.  It was during the Second World War that the strength of the island’s fortification was tested, and prevailed.  It was the last and final stronghold to fall before soldiers of the Japanese Imperial Army were able to enter the country.  Today, Corregidor Island is equipped with first class facilities and have become one of the country’s must-see and favourite tourist spot destination.


Walking around the gorgeous landscape of Tagaytay, you can feel the change in the air as you view the beauty of the landscape that the early Katipuneros experienced during their grief from the pursuing Spanish crown.  You can feel that in Tagaytay, you are away from the shrill noise of the city, from the hustle of the busy streets of Manila.  It’s no wonder Tagaytay weddings have become a trend in recent years.  In Tagaytay, you breathe the freshness and peace of the sanctuary that you seek.  In Tagaytay, you feel free.

Wedding Reception Restaurants in Tagaytay

Tagaytay weddings are all about the luxury and elegance of the beautiful landscape that is Tagaytay. The weather is glorious, the scenery is spectacular, and the people that are celebrating your wedding is everybody that you care about in your life.  Weddings may be an exciting affair, with all the planning and organizing that the bride and the groom need to go through.  While the ceremony will take every ounce of planning from the bride and groom, why not leave the reception to the professionals?  Here is our list of restaurants where you can hold an elegant, intimate wedding reception.

 

 

Milagros Private Kitchen

Milagros Private Kitchen offer guests a unique dining experience with hearty, home-cooked meals prepared for an intimate setting.  The restaurant prides itself in its gourmet recipes of handpicked ingredients from local markets for a personalized menu.  The Milagros Private Kitchen is able to accommodate 24 people in its beautifully decorated garden where people sit down and dine.  Their website offers a comprehensive how-to guide to getting to Maglaba Drive.  Keep in mind that Milagros Private Kitchen ensures its diners on the quality of their food and menu, 3-5 days reservation prior to your event is a must.

 

Chateau Hestia

Chateau Hestia offers a unique dining experience unlike any other.  The restaurant is a homey experience where everything is made to feel like your own home.  Chateau Hestia prides itself in using locally grown herbs and vegetables, organic, grass-fed cows, and fine, quality ingredients from all over Europe.  The menu offered by Chateau Hestia is an assortment of cuisines from all over Europe featuring a fine selection of Italian cheeses, cold cuts, and delicious Austrian and German Sausages.  Chateau Hestia Garden Restaurant and Deli Shop is located in J. Hernandez St. in Bukal, Silang.

 

Antonio’s

Antonio’s is an experience unto itself.  There are four restaurants that you can choose from, depending on your preference.  There’s the classic fine dining Antonio’s, there’s Antonio’s Breakfast, Balay Dako, and the Lanai Lounge.  Whichever one you prefer, the stamp of Antonio’s is its elegance, class, and optimum dining service.  There is no shortage for great food, beautiful ambiance, and the great service provided for by the well-trained staff in Antonio’s.  It is a guarantee that if you hold your reception at Antonio’s, it will be a brilliant, memorable experience that you and your guests will surely remember.  Reservations are a must for Antonio’s fine dining experience, so check their website and call them up to make sure that your wedding reception will be as perfect as can be.

 

Weddings are a time for you and your family to celebrate life and the joining of two spirits in love.  Bring your guests to a beautiful reception with our selection of wedding reception restaurants for your beautiful Tagaytay wedding.  The ambiance and the landscape are beautiful settings that your guests would be truly happy to experience.  The scenic landscape is guaranteed to make all your wedding pictures so much more beautiful, and the full dining experience is a guarantee that your guests will remember your wedding for a long time.

Thank You: Great Wedding Favour Ideas

Your Tagaytay wedding – or any wedding, for that matter – wouldn’t be complete without wedding favors to give out to your guests.

Wedding favors, like any other party favor, are small gifts given to guests to thank them for attending a party. They are gestures of gratitude and appreciation to the guests from the bride and groom.

The very first wedding favor was called a bombonniere, which is Italian for “favor,” and were common with European aristocrats. They were small boxes made of porcelain, crystal, and precious stones, filled with sugar cubes and sweet, delicate confectioneries. These symbolized wealth since during that time, sugar was expensive and was only available to the wealthy. When sugar became more affordable, almonds, then sugared almonds, replaced the sugar in these trinket boxes. Until now, almonds are given to guests at a wedding for they symbolize well wishes on the couple’s new life. The box that contained the almonds, wrapped in delicate, elegant cloth symbolizes fertility, wealth, happiness and health. The sugared almonds which are both sweet and bitter are also metaphors for the bitter sweetness of marriage.

Today, wedding favors can be anything from the traditional sugared almonds, to chocolates, to scented soaps, and even CDs containing the favorite songs of the newlyweds, or glasses filled with candy. They are also usually matched with the theme of the wedding.

If you need some ideas on wedding favors, here are some examples.

Flip-flop Bottle Openers

These flip flop shaped bottle openers make for the perfect summer wedding giveaway. Made sturdily enough to open any kind of bottle while also being cutesy enough to carry itself as an accessory, they make a great gift for all your visitors. Also, if you’re having an outdoor beach wedding, these make for great props, especially when it’s time to serve up the drinks.

Maple Syrup

 For those with a winter-themed wedding, what better way to emphasize that warm, fuzzy feeling than to give out small, elegant bottles of maple syrup for all your visitors to enjoy? It’s made even better if the wedding was done during the Christmas season as they’ll get to enjoy it on pancakes and other Christmas themed pastries.

Small Bottles of Mead

There is a withstanding belief and tradition that if mead is drunk in large quantities during the wedding and after, the bride is sure to bear a child within the year. Well, what better way to extend that tradition to the guests by giving them small bottles of mead? Not only is it a great drink, but it’s also a great reminder of the event itself.

Typewriter Key Magnets

These typewriter key magnets also make for great gifts, especially from weddings where the theme is something rustic or vintage. They have that “old and withered” aesthtic to them, but not so much that it looks ugly, no! In fact, it adds to the magnets’ charm. Give a set of these trinkets to your guests and remind them of your unqiue wedding every time.

 

Vintage Milk Bottles

Here’s another suggestion for those looking to spice up their wedding giveaways a bit more. Vintage milk bottles are always a great go-to choice for those who want something classic and sweet at the same time. You can fill them up with smaller gifts such as candies, soaps, or even an assortment of tiny, bite-sized food! Better yet, when the guests have enjoyed its contents, they can still use the bottle for other purposes afterwards. It’s a very practical gift.

Mini Lanterns

These will look gorgeous for an outdoor, garden, or beach, wedding or reception. It emits a warm, yellow light when the candle inside is lit. You can either decorate the event with them, or give them away as favors. Your guests are sure to delight in its glow when they try it out for themselves, too!

Keep in mind, your wedding favors don’t have to be outrageous, as long as they convey the message of your love, thanks, and gratitude for the attendance for your guests. It doesn’t hurt to be incredibly unique, too. Couple these items with a wedding in Tagaytay and you’re all set for a lovely event that’s sure to leave your guests just as satisfied and happy just as you are.