Saturday, April 6, 2013

A weekend in Tagaytay, home away from home, and the biggest jigsaw puzzle collection in the world

As the leading travel and lifestyle publication, Travelife Magazine is always on the lookout for new destinations.

While Tagaytay has been on most people’s go-to list because of its accessibility, it has become overcrowded, particularly on weekends.

Nevertheless, its charm and allure remains.

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So Travelife's Meg Caligner didn’t have any second thoughts about accepting an invitation to visit one weekend and to re-discover Tagaytay.

She emailed us from Tagaytay with this update.


"We started our weekend sojourn to Tagaytay with a visit to Ming’s Garden, a restaurant located along Sta. Rosa Road, owned by former First Lady Amelita "Ming" Martinez-Ramos.

This place has a laid back country-garden atmosphere that is very refreshing and relaxing.

The garden has a wide collection of flower plants that include mums, bromeliads, euphorbias, yellow vines, angel's trumpets, suntans, and marigolds among others. It also houses a coffee shop and a pasalubong store.


We had lunch at Breakfast at Antonio’s, one of Tagaytay’s famous restaurants to get a great view of Taal.


The Puzzle Mansion Bed and Breakfast was just a few minutes’ drive from Breakfast at Antonio’s.

This 11-room bed-and-breakfast facility has the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle collection. The collection, owned by retired businesswoman, Gina Gil Lacuna, made my day.

Ms. Lacuna gave us a personal tour of her collection, which totaled 1,028 puzzles in different sizes, colors, themes, and dimensions (including 3D and 4D puzzles).

Her other collections are kept at the Puzzle Mansion on Cuadra Street, Barangay Asisan in Tagaytay. We tried to piece some of her puzzles together, but we weren’t able to finish it. Oh well, that’s another reason to come back.


But the piece de resistance of our visit to Tagaytay was Avida’s first residential retreat—Asilo Tagaytay.

Asilo Tagaytay is ideally located, just an hour’s drive away from Metro Manila, in Barangay Silang, Crossing East, Tagaytay City.

It is in close proximity to the Tagaytay National Highway and Aguinaldo Highway, with school, hospitals, places of worship, and business centers surrounding the property.

Although structures are yet to be built on the property, I can already imagine Asilo Tagaytay rising, overlooking the breathtaking view of Taal Volcano and its surrounding lake.


What a panorama to wake up to each morning.

One with Nature Asilo Tagaytay’s mixed-use residential complex will be designed in such a way that it complements Tagaytay’s countryside setting.

The property’s hues will reflect the colors of the trees and flowers that bloom in Tagaytay, while its architecture and design will be reminiscent of that old Tagaytay vibe—rustic, homey, and natural.

The development will consist of two mid-rise residential towers and a low-rise building. And to stay true to its aim to be a leisure retreat for its residents, the units will be more spacious than condo units in the city—perfect for enjoying the cool, refreshing Tagaytay breeze.

With a view like the volcano, a lake, and the Batangas mountain range, balconies will be the focal point of any room.


All Avida properties are planned and built following its Five Condo Must-haves: free flowing air and sunlight, fewer units per floor, sensible amenities; emergency power even inside the unit; and easy payment terms.

Asilo Tagaytay is no exception, as it will be built with these essentials in place to ensure the wellbeing of all its residents.

Tagaytay continues to bring new and exciting sites to attract visitors. And with the coming of Asilo Tagaytay, there’s more reason to find refuge in this cool and laid-back respite just a few minutes away from Metro Manila."


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