A Background on Amadeo, Cavite

The Municipality of Amadeo (Filipino: Bayan ng Amadeo) is a fourth class municipality in the province of Cavite, Philippines. It is nicknamed the “Coffee Capital of the Philippines”. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 33,457 people.

Map of Cavite showing the location of Amadeo, by Mike Gonzales.

Map of Cavite showing the location of Amadeo, by Mike Gonzales.

Named after King Amadeo I of Spain, the town is best known for its Pahimis Festival, which showcases the town’s coffee industry. It is usually held on the last weekend of February and its town fiesta is held on the last Sunday of April.


Amadeo is an island town in the southern part of Cavite. It is bounded in the North by the Municipality of Gen. Trias, Silang in the East, Indang in the West and by the cities of Tagaytay and Trece Martirez in the South and Northwestern portions, respectively.

The town proper is accessible by bus, jeepney, car, and other land transportation some two (2) hours ride from Manila, by passing through the smooth Tagaytay Highway or shortcut through Silang either via the barrios of the Banay-banay and Dagatan or via (the) Buho-Talon-Salaban road. It could also be reached via Palapala at Manggahan using the Governor’s Drive.

Interact with the Google map provided: zoom in, zoom out, and drag the map around to find your way to Amadeo, Cavite.

Booky Recommends: Cafe Voi La

Tucked away inside Crosswinds Leisure Resort in Tagaytay is this adorable and quaint cafe, a fresh and new alternative to your usual Bag of Beans or Breakfast at Antonio’s.

Crosswinds Tagaytay | Photo from @ohhelloevhan

Photo from @mvperote

Coined after the term ‘boi la’ which means to cook with leaves, and also taken from ‘Voila’ an expression to call attention that is usually used when performing magic tricks, Cafe Voi La was born.

St. Roche Opens Animal Home in Silang

Dunsk Kuhner, the company behind St. Roche dog shampoo, has built a home for abused and neglected animals in Silang, Cavite, just outside Tagaytay City.

Dubbed “The Haven of Love”, the 1,400-square meter property is envisioned by company executives to be more more than just an animal shelter, as it will also provide loving care on top of food and shelter for animals and education for people.

Top company executives Raja Menghrajani and Robbie De Guia spearheaded the groundbreaking ceremony. Photo by Metro-pets.com.

Top company executives Raja Menghrajani and Robbie De Guia spearheaded the groundbreaking ceremony. Photo by Metro-pets.com.

“Animals deserve a shelter not a home. In our culture, dogs are reincarnated as humans so we would like to treat them as humanely as possible. Let’s keep this a beautiful place for dogs,” says top company executive, Raja Menghrajani.

Dining Privileges at Antonio’s Restaurants via Booky

The Antonio’s Group of Restaurants currently houses four of the largest restaurant names in Tagaytay, namely Antonio’s, Breakfast at Antonio’s, Balay Dako, and Lanai Lounge.

Since the establishment of Antonio’s in November 2002, it has consistently gained recognition for its excellence in the food and beverage industry, gaining appeal both locally and internationally an achievement helmed by their highly respected chef and owner, Tony Boy Escalante.

In 2015, S. Pelligrino officially named Antonio’s as the 48th Best Restaurant in Asia, also making it the #1 Restaurant in the Philippines.

As of August 2016, guests can enjoy the Antonio’s experience even more as the group has joined Booky, the country’s premier restaurant reservations and privilege platform.

Booky currently has over 400 top restaurant partners in Metro Manila where users can enjoy discounts and free dessert whenever they book a table via Booky’s offline mobile app, which is free to download on iOS and Android.

The Antonio’s Group of Restaurants officially serves as the pioneer out-of-town establishments among Booky’s restaurant partners, the largest roster of partners throughout all restaurant reservation platforms in the Philippines today.

In its vision to become an everyday utility for food lovers across the country, Booky allows its users to enjoy up to Php500 off their total bill at Antonio’s and Breakfast at Antonio’s, and up to Php300 off at Lanai Lounge and Terraza by Balay Dako.

“The Antonio’s Group of Restaurants are often people’s first choice as dining destinations, so it made sense to have them on board as our flagship partners in Tagaytay. Booky complements the group’s high standards of service and we will continue to work on maximising our partnership,” says Booky’s CEO, Ben Wintle.

For only Php199 per month, guests are entitled to enjoy Booky’s premium service called Booky Prime, where they can avail of unlimited discounts at its partner restaurants. New users may sign up for a free trial and instantly get Php1000 worth of discount credits which they can use at these establishments. Even without a subscription, Booky allows its users to search over 15,000 restaurants and 10,000 menus in Manila, Tagaytay, and Baguio even while they’re offline. For more information, visit http://ph.phonebooky.com .

Concha’s Garden: Alden Richards’ Garden-Inspired Cafe

Concha’s Garden is an offbeat garden-inspired restaurant and one of Tagaytay’s best kept secret restaurants serving classic and well-loved Filipino dishes. This is its 2nd branch and is owned by Alden Richards.

Concha's Garden Café - SignageSince the spike of his and Maine Mendoza’s celebrity tandem ‘AlDub,’ Alden Richards became a household name in the showbiz industry. He has become the face of several brands like McDonald’s, Nescafe, and more. Fast forward to summer 2016 and he’s now ventured into the restaurant scene, opening up a garden-inspired cafe in Cliffhouse, Tagaytay.

Concha’s Garden Cafe is a cozy and quaint restaurant specializing in Filipino dishes. It has beautiful interiors straight out of Pinterest, making it a great place for unique out-of-town escapades. Diners love how it’s a home-away-from-home, a refreshing experience compared to the usual crowded restaurants in Tagaytay.

Its first branch is located inside Mother Earth Gardens in Sta. Rosa Road, Tagaytay. It is the passion project of Gemma Sembrano, a top-selling insurance agent who brought her dream cafe to life in 2014. Inspired by her grandmother, Gemma kept family recipes they’ve passed down many generations ago. When Alden first tried their food 2 years ago, he’s been a regular ever since.

The Beef Morcon. Photo from the Concha's Garden Café website.

The Beef Morcon: rolled lean meat with egg, sausage, pickles, & liver sauce. Photo from the Concha’s Garden Café website.

Like him, diners have fallen in love with Concha’s Filipino breakfast plates, pastries, and coffee. Their bestsellers include Concha’s Laoya (Sweet Bulalo), Spicy Beef Adobo Ribs, Morcon, and Lechon Belly.

Concha's Garden Café - Crispy Pork Face

The Boneless Crispy Pork Face, one of the house specialties at Concha’s Garden Café.

Concha's Garden Café - Daing Trio

Breakfast meals are also available at Concha’s Garden Café, including the Daing Trio– danggit, biya, and pusit fried to a crisp, with pickled radish, egg, & garlic rice.

Concha's Garden Café - Fern Salad

Concha’s Garden Café also offers a number of salads, including the Ensaladang Pako– a fern salad garnished with fresh onions, tomatoes, and topped with slices of egg.

The Oriental Fried Chicken at Concha's Garden Café.

The Oriental Fried Chicken at Concha’s Garden Café.

This new branch has been open for roughly a month, but it has already gained tons of popularity. Alden’s regular visits at Concha’s also keeps customers enthusiastic each time.

Local showbiz personality Alden Richards stops by Concha's Garden Cafe from time to time.

Local showbiz personality Alden Richards stops by Concha’s Garden Cafe from time to time; you just might catch him hanging around on your next visit!

More Concha’s Garden Cafe House Specialties

Thinking of dropping by Concha’s the next time you’re in the neighborhood of Metro Tagaytay? Have a look at their menu here.

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Excited to try out Concha’s Garden Cafe? Add it on your ‘Must Try’ list on the Booky app to access their details instantly! Click ‘Navigate’ to make sure you don’t get lost on your way there.

Contact Concha’s Garden Cafe

Concha’s Garden Cafe has two branches in Metro Tagaytay, one in Cliffhouse Tagaytay, and another along the Tagaytay-Sta. Rosa Road in Silang, Cavite.

Concha's Garden Café - Silang

The first branch of Concha’s Garden Café is located right along Tagaytay-Sta. Rosa Road in Silang, about half and hour away from Tagaytay City.

Concha’s Garden Cafe Tagaytay
KM 58 Maharlika East, Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, Cliffhouse, Tagaytay
Phone Number/s: (+63 915) 850.7945 and (+63 998) 945.8027
Business Hours: Monday to Friday- 10:00AM to 10:00PM, Weekends and Holidays- 7:30AM to 10:00PM

Concha’s Garden Cafe Silang
Richland Hills Subdivision 1, Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road, Brgy. Puting Kahoy, Silang, Cavite
Phone Number/s: (+63 936) 441.6089 and (+63 932) 591.0444
Business Hours: Monday to Friday- 10:00AM to 9:00PM, Weekends and Holidays- 7:30AM to 10:00PM

Visit the official Concha’s Garden Cafe website here, the Facebook page here, and their Instagaram account here.

Concha's Garden Café - View

The view of Taal Volcano and Taal Lake from outside Concha’s.


This article was originally published on http://ph.phonebooky.com. Photos from the Concha’s Garden Cafe official website.



Bilao Dinner at Gabriela at Nurture Wellness Village

We had some friends come over from Manila last weekend to come check out our various Tagaytay projects and some good ol’ catching up.

By the time we’ve wrapped things up, we worked up quite an appetite. They asked us to take them somewhere new (i.e. a restaurant they haven’t been to previously), but relaxing, and just out-of-the-way enough so we can continue our kwentuhan.

Fortunately for them, we knew just the place.

Tagaytay Living Featured Image - Gabriela at Nurture Wellness Village

Gabriela by Nurture Wellness Village is located in Tagaytay City. Coming from Manila, along the Aguinaldo Highway just across the row of restaurants overlooking Taal Lake, turn right at Magallanes Drive (the corner with Magallanes Hotel), and follow the signs to Nurture Wellness Village from there.

Gabriela at Nurture Wellness Village

While Metro Tagaytay’s very own Nurture Wellness Village had the in-house restaurant concept going on for quite a while now, it wasn’t until recently that they decided to step things up in terms of branding and promotion. They’ve now branded the in-house dining concept as Gabriela at Nurture Wellness Village.

Tagaytay Living Featured Image - Specialty Drinks at Gabriela

One of the best things about Gabriela: their signature drinks, with ingredients grown straight out of their very own farm out back.

Expect healthier versions of traditional Filipino favorites, and signature drinks made from all sorts of fresh fruits and other ingredients they’ve grown in their own backyard and gardens (or sourced locally from neighborhood farms).

Tagaytay Living Featured Image - Gabriella's Kale Specialty Drinks

Kale drinks for everybody!

The house signature product is kale, and you’ve got at least three different kinds of kale-blended drinks. The staff explained to us that kale is actually very rich in protein, Vitamin K, A and C– sounds healthy, indeed!

Now there’s a ton of good stuff at Gabriela- from salads to sandwiches, kanin and ulam, cocktails and healing juices, but for the night, we decided to go for one of their Bilao Group Meals.

At Nurture Wellness Village with Friends 02

The ‘Alfonso’ Bilao Group Meal. Good for 4 or 5 peeps, depending on how ravenous/hungry your group is.  Only Php1500.

The whole deal comes with three kinds of ulam: laing (gabi leaves stewed in coconut milk and spices), daing na bangus (fried seasoned milkfish), chicken pork adobo, together with a salad of itlog na maalat (salted eggs) with onions and tomatoes, atsara (pickled vegetables), slices of fruits in season (pineapple and watermelon), and a generous serving of pandan rice right there in the middle of it all.

At Nurture Wellness Village with Friends 01

Thanks for stopping by our neck of the woods, Alex, Abi, and Vicky!

Contact Gabriela at Nurture Wellness Village

Find out more on Gabriela, Nurture Wellness Village’s very own in-house restaurant by visiting the dedicated page on their website here.  You can also go right ahead and get in touch with them:

Nurture Wellness Village
Pulong Sagingan, Barangay Maitim II West Cavite, Tagaytay, Luzon 4120, Philippines
Phone Number/s: mobile numbers (+63 918) 888.8772, (+63 917) 687.8873, and landline numbers (+63 2) 710.9786, (+63 2) 401.9030, and (+63 46) 512.6273
Email them here.
Visit the official website here.

You can also download a copy of their latest brochure here.

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Come Stay at Tagaytay Hampton Villas

Tucked away quietly in the suburbs, just off the main road from Tagaytay’s Picnic Grove, lies a haven for people seeking a cozy sanctuary: Tagaytay Hampton Villas.

Tagaytay Hampton Villas - Clubhouse Unit

Quietly tucked away from the busiest spots in Tagaytay, but still close enough to a lot of attractions, The Tagaytay Hampton Villas are great for bakasyonistas staying for the weekend.

The idyllic village setting —roughly two hours away from the busy metro— sits on a two-acre land, along Kaykulot Road in Barangay Sungay East. It holds 76 two-floor townhouses, 4 of which are offered as condotel units. The latter option is perfect for those traveling in groups, families, or couples who want to unwind and have a good time in a nice, warm and homey place, be it a “staycation” or just short visits to this beautiful city in the south.

6 Reasons To Move To Metro Tagaytay

Atty. Ernesto Perez II of RealAttorney is a realtor, blogger, and lecturer at the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde’s School for Professional and Continuing Education (CSB-SPaCE).  In this article, he shares six reasons why Metro Tagaytay is the best place to live in the CALABARZON area.

Metro Tagaytay

Metro Tagaytay covers Tagaytay City, as well as the neighboring towns of Silang, Alfonso, Mendez, Silang, Amadeo, and Indang, as well as Ternate, Maragondon, Bailen, and Magallanes.

This article is not about the City of Tagaytay. It will be mentioned here often, but it will not be the focus of this essay.

According to the proposed Cavite Provincial Development and Physical Framework Plan 2011 – 2020, “the areas of Tagaytay, Silang, Alfonso, Mendez, Amadeo, Indang, Ternate and Maragondon comprises the third Growth Area known as Metro Tagaytay or the Tourism Haven and Food Basket of the Province. These are the top food producers in the Province and sites of some of the province’s scenic and tourism spot.”

The Courtyard at the Pink Sisters Convent in Tagaytay City. Photo by Everyday Elaine.

The Pink Sisters Convent in Tagaytay City

If you need to offer a few prayers while in Metro Tagaytay, you might want to stop by The Adoration Convent of Divine Mercy- more popularly known as the Pink Sisters chapel.

The Chapel at the Pink Sisters Convent in Tagaytay City. Photo by Everyday Elaine.

The Chapel at the Pink Sisters Convent in Tagaytay City. Photo by Everyday Elaine.

The Adoration Convent of Divine Mercy may be an attraction for often noisy and nosey tourists, but behind its bars and glass are those who answered the call to live in silence.

Located at the Holy Spirit Drive in Barangay Maitim, Tagaytay City, the convent often called the Pink Sisters Chapel has endless visitors carrying their own list of prayers. Also included in their visit is the chance to see nuns praying with them 24 hours a day — although they can only be seen behind the iron grilles of the altar.

The Whole Idea Behind TagaytayLiving.com

This is the story on how our humble little website, TagaytayLiving.com, came into existence. Tagaytay business owner and marketing consultant Renzie Baluyut has this to share.

TagaytayLiving.com is a website on anything and everything Tagaytay, covering a wide variety of lifestyle and business topics.

TagaytayLiving.com is a website on anything and everything Tagaytay, covering a wide variety of lifestyle and business topics.

An Introduction

I moved to Metro Tagaytay back in late 2012, right after my wife and I got married. She was born and raised in Amadeo, Cavite, while I grew up in Metro Manila. I just left a web development job/project management in Ortigas and essentially packed up all my stuff to move to the countryside.  Best decision I’ve made that year.