City of Tagaytay

Income Classification: 2nd Class
Congressional District: 8th District
No. of Barangays: 34
Land Area: 6,500 has.
Population (POPCEN 2015, Philippine Statistics Authority): 71,181
Registered Voters (COMELEC, January 2020): 51,974
Address: City Hall, Akle Road, Kaybagal South, Tagaytay City

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Phone: (046) 413-1220
Fax: (046) 413-0025
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The City of Tagaytay is a tourism destination for local and foreign visitors. It is an excellent vantage point of Taal Lake and Volcano. Tagaytay offers a breath-taking sight of the famous Taal Lake, a lake within a large lake as it is often described.

Tagaytay City has resources and possesses tremendous potentials for development of tourism and agriculture. It is envisioned to become a city that is rich in natural resources and comfortable to live in and visit, with flowers in full bloom along road sides and in open areas, hills, ridge and mountain swathed in green, pure and unpolluted air and climate always invigorating.

Tagaytay is a perfect get-away for people seeking respite from the daily pressures of life in the Metropolis. It is home to more than 80 convents and congregations and numerous hotels and convention centers. Lush forests, open grassland and gentle slopes make up a calm scene that pleases the heart and refreshes the mind, conducive for meditation and concentration needed during trainings, conventions and retreats.

Historical Background

Legendarily, the word Tagaytay came from “TAGA” meaning to cut and “ITAY” which means father. A father and son were said to be on a wild boar chase when the animal they were pursuing suddenly turned and attacked them. Fearing for his father’s safety as the boar violently charged the old man, the son cried out “TAGA, ITAY!” which means “Cut him down, Father!” The son’s exhortation and shouts reverberated in the valleys of the ridge and were heard by the residents, wood gatherers, hunters and kaingeros in the forests.

Thus, the shout and the words “Taga, Itay” became the subject of conversation among the people in the countryside for several days. In time, the place from where the shouts came began to be known as the beautiful Southern City of Tagaytay.

During the Philippine Revolution of 1896, Tagaytay became a place of refuge and hideaway for revolutionaries from the nearby provinces of Batangas and Laguna and other neighboring towns of Masilao (now Amadeo), Malabon Grande (now Gen. Trias), Silang, Dasmariñas, Mendez and Indang. Its central location amidst these towns and provinces, the wild preponderance of forests on its ridges and the vast undulating topography of its lands characterized by wide stretches of cogon offered a ready sanctuary and haven from pursuit of the Katipuneros.

As a passageway for the revolutionary activities in the said provinces, the natives and revolutionaries described movement to and from the towns via Tagaytay with the word “MANANAGAYTAY,” which means traversing the ridges of Tagaytay. At the outbreak of the Second World War, the 11th Airborne Division of Lieutenants General William Krugers 8th Army airdropped military supplies and personnel on the Tagaytay ridge, prior to the Liberation of Manila from the Japanese on February 3, 1945. To commemorate this event, the city officials, in coordination 2 with the Philippine Historical Institute installed a marker at the junction of the Silang-Canlubang-Nasugbu roads.

On June 21, 1938, Tagaytay became a chartered city with the passage and signing by the late President Manuel L. Quezon of Commonwealth Act No. 338, a bill authored by Rep. Justiniano S. Montano of Cavite. Among the city’s past mayors were Arsenio Natividad, Mariano Bondoc, Melchor Benitez, Miguel Taña, Isaac Tolentino, Hilarion Maglabe, Benjamin Erni, Francis Tolentino and Abraham N. Tolentino. The incumbent City Mayor is Hon. Agnes D. Tolentino. Today, the City of Tagaytay is identified as one of the priority areas for tourism development of the Department of Tourism. Likewise, the city has been identified in the CALABARZON as a tourist center.

Geographic Location

Tagaytay City is located in the Province of Cavite, island of Luzon. It is approximately 56 kilometers south of Manila, with a total land area of 6,500 hectares, which represents about 5.14% of the total land area of Cavite. It lies within 120o 56’ latitude and 14o 16’ longitude and overlooks Manila Bay on the north, Taal Volcano and Taal Lake on the south and Laguna de Bay on the east. The City is linked by the national highway to the Metropolitan Manila Area and to the Province of Batangas. It is also connected by roads to the adjoining municipalities of Amadeo, Mendez, Indang, Silang and Alfonso in Cavite towards the northwest, to the municipalities of Calamba and Sta. Rosa in Laguna in the northeast and to the town of Talisay in Batangas in the south.

Major Income Sources
Tourism, Agriculture , Livestock and Poultry, Commerce and Industry
Tourist Destinations

  • Tagaytay Highlands
  • People’s Park in the Sky
  • Picnic Grove
  • Sky Ranch Theme Park
  • Tagaytay Puzzle Mansion
  • Antonio’s Garden
  • Bag of Beans
  • Japanese Garden
  • Taal Vista Hotel
  • Nurture Wellness Village

Special Events / Festivals

  • Barbecue Festival
  • Flower Festival
  • Bulalo Festival
  • Pinya Festival
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Feast
  • Pista ng Pag-ibig

Data Source: DILG CaLaBaRZon LGUs