My family is from the Philippines and we’ve been going there almost every summer, but this year was extra special because our main reason for traveling was to attend my cousin’s wedding. The wedding ceremony was held on July 1 at Chapel on the Hill in Tagaytay City, Cavite.
The reception was held at Mariel’s Garden in Alfonso, Cavite. (Yes, the place is named after me. NBD.)
We stayed at Mariel’s Garden for several days before checking into Sonya’s Garden Bed & Breakfast, also in Alfonso, for my Tita’s birthday. Their breakfast buffet was delicious (and slightly overwhelming): hot chocolate, champorado, fried bangus, fried rice, eggs, adobo, and lots of fresh fruit. Their specialty seemed to be passion fruits — passion fruit served on a platter, passion fruit juice, passion fruit jam, and passion flowers decorating the table.
After our meal, we took a tour of the estate and learned that fruits and vegetables served at the buffet are grown on-site. Our tour guide was kind enough to give us some seeds and plants for us to grow in our garden as well.
Our guide then took us to a location a short drive away referred to at the “Secret River,” surrounded by the most beautiful greenery.
We made a stop at Mahogany Market, as we always do when we’re in the area. My favorite part about the palengke is not only that everything is insanely inexpensive, but that vendors, in an effort to convince you of the quality of their product, will often cut open the fruit and let you taste test it before you buy.
Later that week, we visited Caleruega Church. There was a wedding at the time, so we weren’t able to go inside the chapel. Instead, we walked around and found a peaceful area with a koi pond surrounded by trees and a small waterfall.
Have you been to Tagaytay, or the Philippines in general? I’d love to read about it in the comments below!