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Tagaytay is famous for the World smallest active Volcano, Taal Volcano. This is how I got to know about Tagaytay. After this trip, this cool place actually caught us in surprise that there are so many other must-visit hidden attractions in Tagaytay, a small town south of Manila.🌋🌋🌋
Here are 6 attractions to visit when you are in Tagaytay that amazed me!✅
1. First Vintage Camera Museum – Galleria Taal
This just looks like a normal old street in Tagaytay. As we get closer, we realized that it is a camera museum. To be honest, we didn’t know that Galleria Taal is about the camera collection. We didn’t expect this place to have such a hidden treasure.🎥📹📸
This museum is a showcase of the owner, Manny Immarable collection. We had the privilege to try the Rolleiflex cameras.📸📸📸
Here is Towkaynew’s face from the Rolleiflex cameras.
The camera museum is considered as First in Southeast Asia and one of the few camera museums in the world opened in 2010. It is an exhibition of antiques and vintage cameras.📽🎞📽🎞
This is a century studio camera made between 1900 -1907. It was the prime camera used by professional photographers and is still in working condition.📹📹📹
This museum showcases a vast collection of rare cameras from the late 1800s to 1900s.🎥🎥🎥
This is a super limited collection from the owner. There are only 2000 pieces of this 24k gold-plated cameras made. The body is covered with lizard skin and has a matching gold-plated lens.🛎🛎🛎
Quick Fact: This camera is made in 1984 in celebration of Nikon being declared as the European camera of the year. This Nikon FA Gold is highly sought by camera collections around the world due to its rarity and beauty.
For photographers or people who love antique cameras, this is a place that you can just spend half a day admiring the collections.🙃🙃🙃
Taal Galleria is one of the attractions in this heritage town of Taal.🤗🤗🤗
Address: 60 Agoncillo Street 4208 Taal, Batangas
2. Asia’s Biggest Catholic Church – Taal Basilica
Taal Basilica stands 88.6 meters long and 48 meters wide, Asia’s largest Catholic Church. It is also known as Basilica of St Martin of tours.⛪️⛪️⛪️
The old church location was not here initially. The previous church was destroyed by the eruption of Taal Volcano in 1754. Thereafter, the church moved, designed and was constructed at the current location.
This church was damaged by earthquakes again and there is ongoing restoration works to preserve Taal Basilica. The most recent earthquakes happened on 4th and 8th April 2017. 🏚🏚🏚
The tiles of the baptistery were made with tiles imported from Europe.
The designs inside the church look like 3-dimensional patterns but they are actually painted on.
Quick Fact: On 16 January 1974, Taal Basilica Church was declared as one of the country’s National Shrines. Bucket list checked.✅
Address: Calle San Martin, Taal, 4208 Batangas, Philippines
3. Best Panoramic view of Taal Volcano – Picnic Grove
This is one of the best views that we can see Taal Volcano.🗻🗻🗻
Picnic Grove is a perfect place for people to have a picnic. It is one of the hangout places that people would think of in Tagaytay. 🌲🌲🌲
Picnic Grove also offers a wide range of recreational activities such as zipline and horseback riding 🐎🐎🐎for all families and friends. It is a place suitable for all ages.👨👨👦👦👨👨👦👦👨👨👦👦
As we went after lunch, the weather was really hot and humid. We just took a stroll around Picnic Grove and hurriedly went back to our car to enjoy the air con.🌞🌞🌞
For those that are considering to visit, do apply sunblock and wear cap just like us as it can really get really scorching hot.🌤🌤🌤
Address: Tagaytay Picnic Grove Complex, Barangay Sungay East-End, Cavite, Tagaytay, Cavite
4. Glass Art Sculpture at its Finest – Museo Orlina
Orlina first major sculpture, Arcanum XIX, Paradise Gained, is located in the foyer of Silahis Hotel, Philippines. 🏺⚱️🏺
Museo Orlina is a showcase of Ramon Orlina, pioneer of glass sculpture in Philippines and the artwork of other artist.
There are a total of 5 museum level. In these galleries, there are many different exhibits of Orlina’s art masterpiece.💠💠💠
This is an artwork by Orlina in 1982. This is the early works of him where he grouped together small blocks of glass to create the size he desired.
This is highly abstract for me and needs some imagination to understand the artwork.🔮🔮🔮
Orlina also created this monumental sculpture to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the University of Santo Tomas. This is a green globe which rests four figures which represent the university as a place for educators and students try to find their way to wisdom.📖📖📖
Other than the galleries, there is also an amphitheater and sculpture garden for performances. 🎨🎧🥁🎬
Besides the galleries, Orlina also displays automotive vehicles transforming into virtual kinetic rolling sculpture.🚗🚙🏎
We were very lucky to be able to visit Museo Orlina. These glass sculptures were made with hard work, love and passion of Orlina. The artworks are so well-crafted and smooth. This is a hidden gem in Tagaytay!👍👍👍
Address: Hollywood St., Hollywood Subd. Tolentino East, Tagaytay City, Santa Rosa – Tagaytay Rd, Tagaytay, Cavite, Philippines
5. Guinness world record for the largest puzzle collection – Puzzle Mansion
Puzzle Mansion is a collection of Georgina Gil-Lacuna where she made the puzzles into wonderful masterpiece all by herself. This place hosts a collection of Jigsaw puzzles.🖼🖼🖼
Once we enter into Puzzle Mansion, there all the different collections from 2D to 3D to 4D, from Disney collection to the 3D of iconic destinations. It is just so amazing to see so many puzzle collection at this place.🗺🗺🗺
Among the many puzzles, Las Hilandera was the most difficult puzzles for Gil Lacuna. This 10,000 puzzle took 300 hours, over a period of 7 months to complete as there are many puzzle pieces being black.
This is the biggest puzzle in the world. There are a total of 33600 pieces in this puzzle.😮😮😮
All these puzzles were works completed by Gil-Lacuna.🤠🤠🤠
Gil Lacuna, who did all the collections has been recognized in the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of Jigsaw puzzles where there are 1028 different sets in Tagaytay, Philippines on 29 November 2012.
Want to have an afternoon snack? Do also try the coconut pie at Puzzle mansion as it is really unique and tasty.🍰🍰🍰
This is definitely a must-visit place when you are in Tagaytay! This record-breaking collection is really jaw dropping! I really admired the perseverance of Gil Lacuna to be able to piece up these many puzzles for 28 years.👍👍👍
Address: Purok 4 Cuadra Street Barangay Asisan, Tagaytay
6. Amusement Park – Sky Ranch
Don’t forget to go to this place if you like the amusement park. This ans a amusement park suitable for adults and children.👨👨👦👦👨👨👦👦👨👨👦👦
There are about 23 rides in this theme park. The rides open till 10pm so we avoid the sun and went in the evening. Weather was nice and cooling.☁️☁️☁️
The rides were nice and at the same time quite extreme. One of the extreme ride that we tried was Super Viking. It was so terrifying that my butt was off the chair while I was on the viking. AT the same time, TowkayNew was holding onto the side of the pole and screaming really loud. It was so exciting and thrilling.🎢🎢🎢
It was so interesting to us as we were in the same ride as this little dog. We found it so cool as this is the first time a dog taking ride with us!😂😂😂
This is the largest ferris wheel in Philippines. This Skyeye ride is very fun as it moves fast and we reached the top really fast. The ride took about 5 minutes. The view is panoramic from the top to see Tagaytay!🎡🎡🎡
We also took the sky cruiser which we felt that this ride was normal as we have to cycle ourselves. However, the exciting park was that the ride can turn 360 degrees.😜😜😜
Other than the rides we took, there are also rides for kids too. It is a good place for family and friends to have fun the whole day. There are many rides such as roller coaster, carousel, zipline, bumper boats and many more.🎠🎠🎠
This is indeed a lovely place to relive our childhood!👧🏼👦🏼👧🏼👦🏼
Address: Tagaytay – Nasugbu Highway, Kaybagal South, Tagaytay, Cavite, Philippines
These are my 6 amazing attractions to visit in Tagaytay. Do visit when you are there!😄😄😄
Other than visiting these attractions, do remember to visit my blog post on the smallest active Volcano in the world, Taal Volcano @ Tagaytay.