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Tagaytay City lies on a plataue on the northern side of the Taal Lake. This gives the city one of the best scenic views of the smallest volcano in world which is Taal Volcano. Also with its higher altitude and proximity to Manila, the city has become host to Manilan looking for a venue for relaxation and spiritual peace.
Being located on a higher altitude, Tagaytay enjoys a cooler temperature and lesser humidity than Manila. This made the city famous for people in Manila who looks for an escape from the heat and the busy life in the metro.
Tagaytay is located about 2 hours south of Metro Manila. There are two main routes to reach the city by car from Manila. First is through Aguinaldo Highway which traverses a number of towns in the province of Cavite. Second is through the South Luzon Expressway via the Sta. Rosa Exit.
Some city taxis in Manila may not agree on driving to Tagaytay but some maybe but on a contracted price.
From Manila, one may ride buses with signages that lists 'Silang, Alfonso, Nasugbu, Tagaytay, or Mendez'. These buses stop in Lawton area near the Philippine Post Office. Theses buses take the Aguinaldo Highway route.
One of the most famous food served in Tagaytay is the Bulalo. It is a broth soup that contains bone-in beef shank with vegetables. Bulalo also meant the marrow in the bone of the beef shank which adds to the flavor of the soup. Many restaurants in the city serves this specialty.
Also organic garden fresh salads and dishes are served in different garden restaurants in the city. Organic farming is known in the city with the aid of their cooler climate.
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There are a number of internet service providers nationwide: PLDT-Smart Communications, Globe Telecoms, BayanTel and Sun Cellular and each have their signal strengths in various locations. Internet access areas of broadband speeds are plentiful in city malls, much less so outside the cities, but are growing at a rapid pace. Internet surfing rates depend primarily on where you surf and the medium used (e.g. WiFi or wired). Internet services offered by hotels and shopping malls are expensive and can go up to ₱200/hour (approximately US$5) but neighbourhood cafes can be as cheap as ₱15/hour (approximately US$0.35).
Public place WiFi services in the Philippines is provided by Airborneaccess.net and WiZ is likely to cost ₱100 (approximately US$2) for up to an hour. But if you want cheaper, there is a internet cafe chain in SM malls called, "Netopia", that has a landline internet connection for around 20P an hour (about 0.46 US). Coffee shops as well as malls usually carry WiFi service some are free to use. Certain areas may also carry free WiFi. The SM chain of malls offer free wifi, so you can sit virtually anywhere in the mall and access free wireless.
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The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company commonly known as PLDT is the leading telecommunications provider. It is also the largest company in the country. There are three major companies operating GSM 900/1800 networks: Globe, Smart and Sun Cellular. Your home provider at home should have agreements with one of these providers so check with them before leaving home. Roaming may be quite expensive just as elsewhere however, pre-paid SIM cards of these networks are easy to acquire and cost as little as ₱30 and provide a cheaper alternative.
If you don't have a phone to begin with, a complete pre-paid kit with phone and SIM can be purchased for as little as ₱1,500.The usual cost of an international long-distance call to the United States, Europe or other major countries is $0.40 per minute. Local calls range from ₱ 6.50 per minute for prepaid calls.
Due to the wide use of mobile phones, pay phones are increasingly becoming obsolete. Some malls and public places still do have them and they usually come in either the coin or card operated variety. Globe and PLDT are the usual operators. Phone cards are usually sold by shops which sell cellphone pre-paid loads and cards. Note that phone cards of one company can not be used with the other company's card operated phones.
The Philippine Postal Corporation, or PhilPost, is the provides the postal service throughout the Philippines. PhilPost is pretty reliable, but one can hardly call it fast services. It is fine for sending postcards and letters though, both domestically as well as internationally. Prices for sending postcards or letters within the country start at around P7, while most international post costs at least P20. For sending parcels to and from the Philippines it might be wise to use companies like FedEx or UPS. The opening hours of post offices in the Philippines differ from one place to another. Usually, post offices are open from 8:00am to 12 noon and from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on weekdays. And for those that operate on Saturdays, the business hours are from 8:00am to 1:00pm.
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