The Story of Alta Veranda de Tibig

One of the more notable wedding and event venues in and around Tagaytay City is Alta Veranda de Tibig, a lovely property in nearby Silang, Cavite.

(Alta Veranda de Tibig also, incidentally, serves as the host venue for Savour: The Ultimate Taste Fest in Metro Tagaytay, which happens on Sunday, June 11, 2017, and features seven awesome catering companies. Read more about the event here.)

Alta Veranda de Tibig. Photo by Dizon Studios.

Alta Veranda de Tibig. Photo by Dizon Studios.

We did some catching up with the organizers of Savour: The Ultimate Taste Fest in Metro Tagaytay, and managed to sit down with the good people of Town’s Delight the Caterer and Alta Veranda de Tibig.

For today’s post, we take a closer look at how Alta Veranda de Tibig came to be.

50 Marketing Habits Every Restaurant and Hotel Should Have

Running a hotel, bed-and-breakfast, restaurant, or coffee shop in Metro Tagaytay? Just like any commercial venture, the success of your business depends on how well you market your brand.

In particularly more competitive markets, you (or your marketing team) have to hustle even more to keep bringing in business.  Here’s an infographic to help you keep track of a number of marketing habits your hotel or restaurant has to have to help you get a leg up on the competition.

50 Marketing Habits Every Business Should Have

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Note that these marketing habits are very useful to just about any business or entrepreneurial endeavor– from online stores, to professional services, and even farms and all sorts of organizations, and not just hotels and restaurants in particular.

Source: “50 Marketing Habits Every Business Should Have


DTI’s E-Commerce Seminar at Tagaytay Country Hotel

The Department of Trade and Industry had a seminar on expanding your #business via #ecommerce last June at the #TagaytayCountryHotel in #TagaytayCity, with dozens of MSME’s from all over the #Calabarzon region in attendance. #BusinessinTagaytay #DTI #SmallBusinessSaturday #TagaytayLiving

The Department of Trade and Industry had a seminar on expanding your #business via #ecommerce last June at the #TagaytayCountryHotel in #TagaytayCity, with dozens of MSME's from all over the #Calabarzon region in attendance. #BusinessinTagaytay #DTI #SmallBusinessSaturday #TagaytayLiving

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Join an Agri-Business Tour to Laguna

Metro Tagaytay is conveniently close to the provinces of Batangas, Quezon, and Laguna.  And just as it is in Tagaytay City and the neighboring towns, there are also a lot of farms in these provinces.

Costales Farms Agri-Tour

Shared by agri-entrepreneur Jason Javier. If you’d like to know more about investing in an agri-business, you may want to check this out.

In fact, one of our observations with the neighborhood of Metro Tagaytay is the rise of all kinds of farms– from organic agri-ventures, to farms that specialize in raising particular livestock (such as hogs the odorless way, or rabbits for fun and profit), and farms that support nearby restaurants (such as those belonging to Gourmet Farms, or Mushroom Burger, among others).

Pangilinan Encourages Pinoys to Pursue Agri-Business

Here at Tagaytay Living, we believe that agri-business is the way to go. Investing in agricultural projects goes a long way towards not just our own food security, but also as viable business ventures for forward-thinking entrepreneurs.

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At the recent Agri-Negosyo Summit of Go Negosyo, Secretary Francis Pangilinan of the Presidential Consultant on Food Security and Agricultural Modernization encouraged Filipinos to invest in the agriculture industry.

Go Negosyo Agri-Negosyo Summit (GNAS) aimed to present various business models from farming, fishing, and animal rising. The event recognized inspiring agricultural entrepreneurs oragripreneurs who have significantly contributed to their communities’ development.

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Grafted Fruit-bearing Plants Are a Hit with Tagaytay Visitors

Among some of the must-buy items for those visiting the Mahogany Market in Tagaytay, more than organic veggies, tawilis and maliputo, or other pasalubong, it seems that grafted fruit-bearing trees are at the top of the list. Today’s featured article comes from

Lychee fruit. Photo by B. Navez.

For entrepreneur Rosalina Piñol, selling fruit-bearing plants can be a good business because there are a lot of people who enjoy growing their own fruit trees.

Piñol says she did not want to sell actual fruits, but always wanted to sell fruit-bearing trees and let the customers see the trees grow on their own backyards.

She says she learned grafting and soon was able to find suppliers who can do the grafting for her and all she has to do is to be familiar with the plants and promote the fruit-bearing trees.

Grafting is widely used in agriculture and horticulture where the tissues of one plant are encouraged to fuse with those of another producing a highly productive plant.

With 5,000 pesos in capital, Piñol started her small business in February 2009.

“I started buying plants that are readily available and are more familiar to customers. Then from there, it just evolved quickly to where it is right now,” she recalls.

Malayan Red Dwarf coconut palm. Photo by Trainee Agriculturist in Malaysia.

Malayan Red Dwarf coconut palm. Photo by Trainee Agriculturist in Malaysia.

She later started to sell hybrid coconut dwarf, seedless atis, star apple, lychee, American lemon, guaple, lanzones, and almost every fruit that one can find growing in a tropical country.

“These plants grow with the help of organic fertilizer which also makes the fruits a lot safer to eat and they grow faster compared to plants planted in the usual way,” she says.

According to Piñol, although she does not have a lot as big as others right now, she encourages those with a lot of big spaces to grow fruit-bearing trees and sell them as an alternative livelihood.

Aside from fruit-bearing plants, Piñol also offers forest tree ornamentals and culinary herbs.


Original post by Marjorie Gorospe for Thanks to Creative-Meals for the atis photo, B.Navez for the lychee photo, and Trainee Agriculturist for dwarf coconut photo.

Chilli Plants

5 Easy To Grow Chilli Plant Varieties

In a previous post, Louie Watts shares with us a whole bunch of tips on how to grow your own chilli plants.  He continues with a number of easy-to-grow chilli plant varieties, so here we are with his five recommendations to get started.

Demon Red Chilli by Seminka Chilli CZ

Demon Red Chilli by Seminka Chilli CZ

Demon Red

My parents grow these with a frustrating ease, minimal effort and maximum output as they have been specially developed for windowsill growing in pots.

They produce ‘demon’ horn chillies that face up and turn from green to a bright, vibrant red. They also grow in a bushy way, so don’t need much space above them. Heed the warning though, as they pack a considerable punch, so my general rule is use one for each person you cook for.

Don’t eat them raw – it will hurt.

Serrano Chillies by Mariquita

Serrano Chillies by Mariquita


These guys I have grown with success last year and are great for pickling. Their colour also varies when they mature which can be a spectacular sight.

They aren’t as hot as the demon chillies above, but they are good to just pick off and eat raw. If you’ve got the space, plant these outside and they’ll get to 1m tall and give you lots of colourful fruits.

If you do plant them outside in a big pot, its best to stick a wooden pole next to the plant for support, as they will (hopefully) become heavy with fruit.

Cherry Bomb Chilli by Gadar

Cherry Bomb Chilli by Gadar

Cherry Bomb

This plant will provide you with fleshy cherry-like globular fruit that have a slight kick. Again they’re great for pickling, and you may often have seen them stuffed with cheese or a filling. They’re a bit different as normally chillies have a tapered end, but these guys are squat and proud.

Click here to read more about 10 Survival foods you can grow.

Cayenne Chilli by Kitchen Garden Notebook

Cayenne Chilli by Kitchen Garden Notebook


Probably one of the best known varieties, I grew these from a pot, on my windowsill two years ago. They are long, tapered and fiery chillies that you can cook with whether green or red. Green they are great in burgers, kebabs and salads. Red they fantastic in stir fry’s and Mexican cooking.

The accompanying picture is probably a third of my yield two years ago, showing just how easy they are to grow. Again they’re a variety that you can plant out later on and will grow big and tall. Probably not Jack and the Beanstalk height, but not far off.

Unless you fancy an unpleasant, milk crazed twenty minutes, don’t eat these raw.

Hungarian Hot Wax

Hungarian Hot Wax Chilli

Hungarian Hot Wax Chilli

This variety is renowned for growing well in cooler climates, and is a multi-purpose chilli. Pickle it, eat it raw, pop it on salads or use it for decoration as the fruits vary in colour. They are often picked when yellow, just before they ripen.

I have also eaten these chillies when they’ve been stuffed with cheese as despite their name, they are relatively mild. The plant will keep producing long after summer so long as you keep taking the fruits.

(Article by Louie Watts, via Good To Be Home by Anglian.)

Chilli Plants

How to Grow Your Own Chilli Plants

Louie Watts shares with us a whole bunch of tips on how to grow your own chilli plants, so you can pick your own fresh chillies straight out of your garden!

Demon Red Chilli by Seminka Chilli CZ

Demon Red Chilli by Seminka Chilli CZ

Here’s a handy guide to get you on your way to growing some chillies to add a real zing to your meals, sandwiches, sauces and drinks.

Organic Farms Make More Money Than Regular Farms

We’ve been seeing Organic farms here in Tagaytay, and it’s not just a fad. According to an article by Treehugger, organic farmers make a lot more money compared to conventional farmers. Article by Katherine Martinko.

It’s good for the world, good for our health, and now it’s also good for the bank account. The results of a new study will hopefully encourage more farmers to make the switch to organics.

There are many great reasons to buy organic food, such as reducing one’s exposure to pesticides, mitigating environmental pollution, improving soil quality, aiding pollination, and eating more nutrient-rich produce. It turns out there’s yet another reason to buy organic – it is a bigger money-maker for farmers, meaning your purchase directly helps farmers to make a better living.

The study reporting this newfound economic incentive for organics was just published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Its mission was to analyze the “financial competitiveness of organic farming on a global scale” by looking at 44 studies covering 55 crops grown in 14 countries on five continents – North America, Europe, Asia, Central America, and Australia.

The study concluded that organic farming is 22 to 35 percent more profitable for farmers than conventional agriculture.

This comes at a time when North American farmers are in great financial distress. Civil Eats reports that, in 2012, 56 percent of American farmers reported earning less than $10,000 from their farms alone, while 52 percent said it was necessary to maintain a primary job away from the farm. If organic can provide farmers with significantly more income, there’s more incentive to switch over from conventional practices.

“This makes the clearest, strongest argument we’ve yet seen in a reputable publication like this for adopting organic practices,” states Laura Batcha, executive director of the Organic Trade Association.

Organic food is sold at a premium, as most shoppers know. Interestingly, however, the study found that premiums only need to be 5 to 7 percent higher to match the profitability of conventional agriculture; so why the 22 to 35 percent increase? Are customers getting ripped off at the grocery store?

John Reganold, a co-author for the study and professor of soil science and agroecology, doesn’t think so. He encourages shoppers to think about all the things they’re paying for, in addition to the food they’re bringing home. “Straight economic figures don’t take into account a dollar value for ecosystem services.”

Read the original post here, on Treehugger.

Tips On How To Spot Fake Titles

(Via The Philippine Star)

Selling fraudulent certificates of title remains one of the most widespread scams in the country. BFS (Bahay Financial Services), the country’s only mortgage servicer and special asset management company, shares some pointers on how to avoid falling prey to scam artists and making sure the certificates of title are genuine.

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The transfer certificate of title (TCT), the Registry of Deeds’ (RD) copy and the owner’s duplicate should be identical in all aspects, including capitalization, punctuation marks, erasures and even typos. For reference, ask for the Registry of Deeds’ original copy and compare with the owner’s duplicate.

The last two or three digits of the TCT number should be identical to the page number. The serial number (SN) of the title as arranged in the registry book should be consecutively numbered. Government agencies keeping a record of the serial numbers assigned to each registry are the Land Registration Authority, Land Management Bureau and the Department of Agriculture.

The owner’s duplicate copy of the certificates of title has the word ‘Owner’s Duplicate’ and a red seal. The original copy does not contain either of these. All judicial forms do not blot or stain the paper when the red seal is wet.

With the case of year indicators, the year when the judicial form was used or revised should be before the date when the title was issued, except in cases of reconstituted titles.

Whoever signed the preceding and succeeding titles should appear as the only person who executed and signed the other titles issued. It should be the current Registry of Deeds, DENR Secretary, RED/PENRO or DAR official at the time of the indicated signing in the province or city where the plot of land is located.

Just like when identifying legitimate money from fake ones, the form shows obvious watermarks that cannot be duplicated by any means.

The TCT also sports a decorative border called the Intaglio which is a design, figure, or ornamentation carved, engraved, or etched into the surface of the material used.

Upon closer inspection of the TCT, fibers of the paper material used in the forms are observable. Different colored circular patterns are also seen on a legitimate TCT. These are called planchettes and they serve a special purpose.

For e-titles, a computerized judicial form contains a judicial form number, control number, a bar code, as well as a watermark security feature.

Safeguard your hard-earned money from scam artists by being meticulous and scrutinizing every detail of a TCT. Also make sure that the person from whom you are buying land is reputable. Ask a lot of questions about the land, and if you suspect that the seller is committing fraud, notify authorities immediately.

To date, BFS has resolved more than 30,000 highly-defaulted home loan accounts and provided homes to more than 150,000 Filipinos.

Balikatan account holders may visit any of the BFS offices in Makati, Alabang, and Davao. They may also call BFS through trunkline 756-6230, call the Davao office direct through (082) 221-0809, or call PLDT toll-free outside of Metro Manila and Davao through 1-800-10-2255-BFS (237). BFS is also reachable through text at 0922-9999-BFS, via email at, and real time online by accessing and clicking on B-Online. Customer service is reachable through

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