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.

How To Make An Attractive City

Progress is good, but we shouldn’t let progress go out of hand.

Ever wondered how great cities like Paris, New York, Singapore, and Sydney are the way they are now? It’s a mix of intelligent urban planning, modern-day engineering, and much-needed political will.

My only hope is that we can make Metro Tagaytay join the ranks of these world-class cities. Here’s a video from The School of Life (one of my favorite new YouTube channels), and Vale Productions UK– “How To Make An Attractive City”.

Visit The School of Life for more thought-provoking stuff on all sorts of subject matters (not just real estate and urban planning). Check out their official YouTube channel here.

About Renzie Baluyut

I’ve signed up for some real estate classes, and I feel very fortunate to be in the company of Philippine real estate veterans and thought leaders as instructors on one hand, and then I have my classmates who represent a new breed of developers and real estate brokers on the other.

I’m learning all I can about real estate so I can be a better real estate professional. I hope we can ultimately make Metro Tagaytay not just a better place to live, but to also be a more business-friendly territory.

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Together with my wife, we’ve started venturing into Tagaytay real estate, selling residential farm lots in our hometown of Amadeo, Cavite.

I’ll be sharing insights on Tagaytay real estate here on TagaytayLiving.com.  For other stuff, you may want to check out my personal website here.

Hello, Metro Tagaytay!

Metro Tagaytay’s territory covers the entire Tagaytay City, as well as the adjoining Cavite towns of Alfonso, Indang, Mendez, Amadeo and Silang.

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The term “Metro Tagaytay” isn’t exactly an official designation, although it has been used mainly by real estate developers, wedding vendors, hotels, restaurants and other business owners operating in the neighborhood.

While there are rumors that the wheels have been turning to make Metro Tagaytay official– and thereby bringing Alfonso, Indang, Mendez, Amadeo and Silang within its jurisdiction– we can only speculate on how soon this would actually happen, and more importantly, how it would affect local business.


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What’s Happening In Metro Tagaytay

Right at the top of the list of what sorts of businesses are flourishing in and around the area of Tagaytay City, are:

Travel and Tourism
Weddings
Agriculture
Real Estate
Wellness

Travel and Tourism.  This one’s a no-brainer, considering how close Tagaytay City is to Metro Manila, as well as how it is conveniently located on the way to (parts of) Batangas, even Laguna and Quezon.  (Tagaytay City is still part of Cavite, by the way!)

Metro Tagaytay is a popular tourist destination, attracting regular folk from the big city, as well as foreign visitors looking for a little adventure or relaxation.

As such, you have a plethora of hotels, bed and breakfasts, resorts, as well as restaurants, coffee shops and other recreational facilities in and around Tagaytay.

One of our favorite restaurants in Tagaytay is Breakfast at Antonio's, which is conveniently right along the highway, on your way to Nasugbu from Tagaytay.

One of our favorite restaurants in Tagaytay is Breakfast at Antonio’s, which is conveniently right along the highway, on your way to Nasugbu from Tagaytay.

Click here for a list of restaurants in the area of Metro Tagaytay.

Weddings.  Metro Tagaytay is also a popular choice for destination weddings. We’ve seen a lot of wedding venues crop up within the last few years, and you now have a thriving community of local wedding vendors– from caterers to photographers/videographers, wedding coordination teams, stylists, florists, as well as wedding cake suppliers, bridal car rental companies, wedding hosts and musicians.

A scene from our own wedding at Tagaytay Highlands. Photo by Oly Ruiz of Metrophoto.

A scene from our own wedding at Tagaytay Highlands. Photo by Oly Ruiz of Metrophoto.

Peak season for weddings is December to January, with a secondary peak during the summer.

Click here for a list of hotels in the area of Metro Tagaytay.

Agriculture.  The towns around Tagaytay City– Alfonso, Indang, Mendez, Amadeo and Silang– are all primarily agricultural municipalities, with sprawling farmlands growing all sorts of produce, as well as flowering plants, decorative plants and trees.

As one might expect, many Metro Tagaytay restaurants and hotels either source their produce locally or, more interestingly enough, maintain their own farms nearby.

Pineapples grow in abundance around Metro Tagaytay, where you can find farms of all kinds.

Pineapples grow in abundance around Metro Tagaytay, where you can find farms of all kinds.

Take a look around, and you’ll see fruit stands, vegetable stalls and landscaping services everywhere. If you know where to look, you’ll find all sorts of herb gardens, flower farms and even tree nurseries within the neighborhood.

Click here for 10 Fun Facts about Tagaytay.

Real Estate.  Not surprisingly, you have all sorts of real estate companies, from big players like SMDC, Ayala Corporation, Robinsons and Citiland, to smaller subdivision developers and property management groups.

In Metro Tagaytay, you'll find all manners of real estate available-- from parcels of land, to houses and lots, as well as condominium units.

In Metro Tagaytay, you’ll find all manners of real estate available– from parcels of land, to houses and lots, as well as condominium units.

It seems like everyone is selling a piece of Metro Tagaytay land here, or a new condominium unit there. Just make sure you deal with authorized brokers, with all the necessary papers and titles that go with transactions like these.

Wellness.  Not as big, but just as flourishing, is the wellness sector in Metro Tagaytay.  The neighborhood already has a number of well-known spas, retreat houses, organic farms, as well as restaurants using a great deal of organic food.  Add to that your weekend warriors biking/running into Tagaytay City, and retirees looking to live out the rest of their days in the hilly countryside.

A pot of hot tea, from Nurture Spa in Tagaytay.  Metro Tagaytay has a lot of great options for rest and relaxation for families, career-folk, businessmen and retirees.

A pot of hot tea, from Nurture Spa in Tagaytay. Metro Tagaytay has a lot of great options for rest and relaxation for families, career-folk, businessmen and retirees.

In Conclusion

Metro Tagaytay has so much to offer: it’s got a lot of big city conveniences, as well as business opportunities, but you still have that much-needed laid-back and stress-free lifestyle that provincial living brings.

I now call this place home.  After living and toiling in Metro Manila all my life, how can you not appreciate the unpolluted Tagaytay countryside air?  You’ve got a great view of Taal Volcano and the lake, a lot of places nearby to visit, and most importantly, it’s still relatively close to Metro Manila if I need to get some business done.  Needless to say, I love it here.

Source:  Renzie Baluyut for Renzie Baluyut Online.  You can visit his blog here.

Welcome to Tagaytay Living!

Thanks for checking out Tagaytay Living!

Tagaytay Living - Renzie 2014 1017My name is Renzie Baluyut.  Former FM radio executive, independent concert producer/promoter, and professional blogger.  While I’ve lived most of my life in Metro Manila, I now call Metro Tagaytay home, where I stay with my wife (who grew up here), and run my network of small business ventures.

Right now I’m in the business of Tagaytay weddings, Tagaytay marketing & promotions, and Tagaytay real estate.

Tagaytay Living is my own personal project, as I’ve lately found an interest for gardening and country home design.  As I am currently working towards getting my Philippine real estate broker’s license, I’ve also been actively keeping tabs of the local real estate industry.

Also, in my day-to-day dealings with various Tagaytay establishments, a lot of my friends and clients tend to ask me about new places to check out in Tagaytay, i.e. where to stay, where to eat, or what sorts of fun stuff we’ve got going on at any given time.

Tagaytay Living hopes to serve all those purposes.  I hope to be able to paint a picture of how great it is to live away from Metro Manila, and instead settle down here in the countryside, where everything is a lot more laid back and a lot more relaxed, but still conveniently close by to the big city in the event you need to get some errands done, or some other business taken care of.

The site is still in its early stages.  We have yet to populate it with enough content, and then work in all the various usual functionalites: optimization, sharing and social media, and other little tweaks to come up with a better online experience.

That said, thank you for joining me on this journey.

Cheers!