Tagaytay Picnic Grove

Tagaytay Picnic Grove

… and how to be a respectful guest!

Tagaytay is one of the famous destination for us locals including many international guests because of its luscious greens surrounds and the good breezy temperature, a perfect escape destination from the fussy life from the Metro. Just an hour (maybe two) drive from the Manila, Tagaytay is a great place to hangout during weekend, that doesn’t need to break your bank.

It was a lovely weekend (though the sky was a bit gloomy) but it doesn’t matter. That chilly breeze feels good on my skin and it doesn’t matter if the windblown my hair – I love it.




Tagaytay Picnic Grove

During that weekend, we stayed at Taal Vista Hotel, one of the good place in Tagaytay.

Then after we checked-in, around 4pm, we decided to hop the tricyle and head to Tagaytay Picnic Grove – one of the local attraction. With just a cheap entrance fee of Php50.00 per person, we enjoyed the gorgeous view of the Taal Lake, overlooking that charming Taal Volcano.

If you are planning to visit, better to where your walking shoes coz this place isn’t all well pave. From the entrance, you have to go downhill and have a good walk.

Tagaytay Picnic Grove

If you are planning to bring some foods, you can do it with no corkage fee. You can rent one of these cottage from Php100 to 500Php depends on the location.

Though you have to choose a cottage that is still in good condition, as many cottages here needs a major repair – I may say some are quite dangerous for many visitors especially for the kids.



Tagaytay Picnic Grove
Tagaytay Picnic Grove

Also if you are bringing your kids, you have to be triple mindful about their care, because there are few guards roaming around. It is a downhill afterall, so be extra careful including of your belonging when you do your picnic.




Aside from the impressive view of the Taal Lake, another highlights of this place is the hanging wooden bridge. It was nice to walk around and enjoy the luscious greens.

Tagaytay Picnic Grove
Tagaytay Picnic Grove
Tagaytay Picnic Grove

However, I couldn’t help notice the elephant in the room – so many rubbish everywhere brought by many guests. Mostly from the local guests, their just op to leave it behind without remorse of picking them up.

It was very disappointing realizing that even the local Filipinos doesn’t know how to give respect to the place they visit. They said that Filipinos are such wonderful law-abiding people – but those are just to save face and only become a law-abiding person when visiting outside the country.

Tagaytay Picnic Grove
Tagaytay Picnic Grove
Tagaytay Picnic Grove

Vandalism is also evident and rampant, as if leaving their marks behind is a great achievements of their life, and want to make everyone known “I was there”. Shame. Shame. Shame.

Tagaytay Picnic Grove




As a guest, we must not have the habit of feeling too comfortable for the others to pick-up our shit – that gestures speaks truly of who you are, and what you do as a person. And as I strongly believe in karma – it hurts badly when it strikes to you.

Tagaytay Picnic Grove


Tagaytay Picnic Grove
Tagaytay Picnic Grove

Be a respectable guest as much as possible. Just because the others doing it, doesn’t mean you have to follow the same gesture.

You can do better.



xoxo, Blair





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96 comments :

  1. It is a little sad to see those marks of vandalism and lack of social awareness. Wish people would be more mindful of the same - across the globe. This does seem like a lovely place for a picnic and one should just leave it the way it is.

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    1. What they don't understand is that the cost of maintenance and building this comes from the taxes we paid. Tax payers must be vigilant in this unacceptable acts.

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  2. Oh wow this place is absolutely beautiful and the flowers!And I love what you're saying about being a respectable guest. People really should do better.

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  3. Tagaytay used to be a relaxing getaway. I guess it still is... but not for holidays.

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    1. Best to visit during weekends and not holidays. You can enjoy this place with less pain.

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  4. I love that the tables have roofs over them so you can have shade while eating. I also love that their are so many tables for plenty of people.

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    1. Yes, and you can rent this cottages for a minimal fee.

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  5. This is such a pretty area. I would love to explore this area. It's a shame people litter though.

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    1. There are still many locals who don't value good things.

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  6. This looks like a beautiful spot for a picnic. Would love to visit the Philippines. You're right - mind your litter!!

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  7. The picnic grove is so cute, and it has gorgeous views! I'd love to go there and have a picnic with my family. Shame about the people who don't respect public places and vandalise them...

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    1. The whole view is gorgeous. It is truly disappointing that no one is getting punished by littering and vandalism.

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  8. Wow that place looks really beautiful, but people definitely need to be more respectful. It's too bad they can't leave it how they found it.

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    1. Too many entitled guests and thinks that they are entitled to vandalize public space just because it is for public.

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  9. It's so beautiful there! I love the views, and the peaceful vibe. I think it would be a great place to relax and recharge.

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    1. Tagaytay is always a great place for weekend getaway near Manila.

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  10. Great photos. I like the wooden hanging bridge. Looks like a nice place for a picnic.

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    1. It would be amazing if they added more lights to make it look beautiful during night time.

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  11. This looks like a great outdoor getaway from Manila. The air must be so fresh up there and the views of the islands is awesome. It really is a shame that people will just throw garbage into nature - especially when there are garbage cans provided!

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  12. That's such a beautiful place! It's really disappointing that the visitors don't take care of the facilities. I can't stand whenever I see trash on the floor. Why can't they just take it to the trash can?! I try to carry a bag with me in case that I need to dispose of something along the ride.

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    1. Many people still don't understand and know how to properly dispose their shits.

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  13. It looks like a beautiful and relaxing place to have a picnic! It would be exciting to visit there someday.

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    1. That is true. It is always good to visit green places.

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  14. Kristine Nicole AlessandraAugust 21, 2019 at 12:53 PM

    We used to frequent this place when my parents were still alive. I can't believe there has been so much improvement done. I love the wooden walkways. We have to plan a trip there sometime when the rainy season is over.

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  15. Wow! I've heard a lot about the good spots in the Philippines but Tagaytay Picnic Grove is another thing. The place is so stunning plus the view is really relaxing and refreshing. Can't wait to visit.

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  16. Sounds like you had a great vacation. Glad you had a great time.

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  17. Looks like such a beautiful place to visit. Such a shame so many visitors leave behind litter.

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    1. They should install cameras around for additional security.

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  18. What a lovely place to host a picnic with friends and family. It's got such a great view as well.

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  19. I'm in awe with the views! What a wonderful place to go with friends and family! Shame on those dirty people!

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    1. Yeah, always beware of these dirty people, hahaha

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  20. Tagatay does look so green & serene. Good to know that its pretty close to Manila. A perfect weekend trip indeed!
    Thanks for the tip about choosing cottages in good condition. Will keep that in mind when we plan our trip.

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  21. This looks like it would be a great place to picnic and relax. But also needs some serious work and restrictions. Or at least someone checking up on it to keep people accountable. I hate when people trash a public zone without caring!

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    1. The best way is to call out these people when you spot them.

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  22. I love garden groves like this and it is really beautiful. I would love to visit this place someday.

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    1. There are many places that you can enjoy near Manila!

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  23. I have never heard of Tagaytay, but it looks like a nice place to get away. It's too bad there is a lot of littering and vandalism. It's always sad when visitors don't take care of a place.

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    1. Guests have no respects at all Shame coz they are also Filipinos.

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  24. That looks like such a neat place, even with the rubbish and vandalism. I agree it is important to be a respectful guest when you go places!

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    1. If they don't take care of this beautiful nature, they will regret it soon.

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  25. The view from the cliff is just magical! Oh my! I would love to visit the place too. The environment seems quite quiet for a getaway from all the city noise! Love it!

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  26. Taal Lake is very pretty. Looks very relaxing.

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  27. This looks like quite the adventure. I love walking in nature like this.

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    1. fantastic! I would love to explore more green places like this!

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  28. What a great idea for a picnic. I like the setup of this place.

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  29. I will never understand why people can't through their trash in the trash. Leaving garbage around is rude and isn't good for the wildlife or environment.

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    1. Lack of education and care, and the attitude of doing good deed when already shit happens, are the problems.

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  30. Never heard of this place before but it sure was a comprehensive article.I also agree with a lot of things you mentioned like people who trash everywhere they go; there nothing more ugly than to spot people trashing their personal trash where ever their want.

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    1. The thing is many tourists doesn't care because the attitude of entitlement just because they paid the admission fee. Shameful for these people.

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  31. Place looks amazing. I would love to visit there sometime

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  32. It is a beautiful place to visit.Your travel story make me exciting to visit such a beautiful place.Glad you reminded about being a responsible guest.Throwing rubbish is a big problem in most attractions.

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    1. Always have a habit of bringing extra bag for our rubbish. If we don't find trash bins around, then don't leave it there.

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  33. It definitely seems worth it to me! What a beautiful place it is! I’d love to visit someday in the future.

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    1. Oh don't forget to add this to your PH itinerary!

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  34. This is such a lovely place - love the lake and bridge. It is a shame that some people aren’t responsible and respectful of the area. It also bothers me when I see garbage, vandalism, and graffiti at places like this.

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    1. Some argues that because there is no trash bins available, then they are no choice but to leave it them. That is totally wrong! You bring them with you.

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  35. Looks like a lovely green destination. Such reasonably priced tickets is also encouraging to list it in must visits. Thanks for the tip on walking shoes. I too am disappointed with the garbage left behind. We all should be more responsible.

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  36. Its really sad to see people destroying these beautiful places. We see them in India everywhere as well. Tagaytay looks like a great picnic spot and that is evident by the number of people visiting the place. Hopefully the place is maintained well for the sake of locals and foreign tourists.

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  37. Except for the trash, that's a really beautiful place. Sheila and I have climbed Mt. Maculot in Tagaytay as well as Taal Volcano (via Talisay) in the middle of Taal Lake a few years ago. We plan to visit Tagaytay next year with Alexa in tow. Would you know what other adventures we can do there?

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    1. That's great! What I like about Tagaytay is the friendly environment for all ages. You can try visiting the nearby beaches as well.

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  38. I had never heard of Tagaytay before reading your post and feel now that my eyes have been opened.
    The little cottages you can rent are so lovely, definitely perfect for a weekend picnic.
    It is such a shame so much rubbish is left around though.
    I found the same to be true when I visited Cambridge in my home country of the UK quite recently. The summer weather was so nice, but walking through the parks the next morning it was upsetting to see the number of items of rubbish people had left behind.
    If only people could show more respect for their environment.

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    1. It is said, but you know what in this new age, publicly shaming them will make them change. It might be awful, but I think that's a good way to eliminate these suckers.

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  39. Oh wow, its so sad how people litter so much. They should want to take care of things I think. This place would be so much prettier without the litter.

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    1. Would be nice if they plant trees whenever they visit than spread their ugly litters.

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  40. It's sad there is so much trash out there. I was overwhelmed by the waste in the Philippines, and I looking forward people will follow cleaning up Boracay and do it everywhere.

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    1. Yup, I agree on shutting down many tourists spots for a major clean-up drive.

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  41. I had not heard about Tagaytay until I came across your post and after reading about it, I would love to add it to our bucket list. The views of Taal Lake and the nearby Volcano look incredible from this location and it's also good to know that it entrance ticket is not too expensive either.Thanks for sharing this detailed post.

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    1. A must visit place in the Philippines, and cheaper!

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  42. Looks like a great place to unwind. I will definitely love to explore and have a vacation here..

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  43. What a super fun place! It looks beautiful there!

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  44. What an incredibly beautiful place! It's such a shame people are litering! I applaud you for speaking out about it ♡

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    1. We should not only should the beauty of it, but also the real issues that needs focus.

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  45. Perhaps when I get the chance to visit Tagaytay soon, I should check this one. I love how scenic the place is and the fresh breeze of a mountain air is truly amazing! What I also like is that, the cottage is very affordable and also no corkage fee, which is very rare nowadays.

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    1. It is a great place. Hope to visit more of this kind.

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  46. I have passed Tagaytay many times during my travels to Luzon but I have never really stayed there like overnight. I would love to be able to do so and spend some time here at the picnic grove. :)

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    1. Your kids will definitely enjoy this place. And remember, don't litter.

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  47. It always annoys me when people trash the place while sight-seeing. Very offputting, otherwise, it looks like such a pretty place.

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  48. Looks like such a fab place to spend time with the family... its a shame that littering is a issue even now ..cmon people its almost 2020!!!

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    1. Sad thing that democracy is being exercised in a irresponsible way. In Tokyo, when there is no trash bins, it means you have to bring your trash with you home.

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