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.
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.
Having lived in an urban environment all my life, I’ve been completely blown away on how unabashedly laid-back and stress-free things were in Metro Tagaytay. No EDSA-esque traffic gridlocks, no floods, fresh uplands air and wide open spaces, lots of locally-grown produce, with just enough of modern-day conveniences to get by– broadband internet is OK, you’ve got a couple of shopping malls, as well as a plethora of restaurants and hotels.
The enterprising couple that we are, we decided to set Metro Tagaytay as our homebase for our own respective business ventures. We’ve come to the conclusion that, yes, Metro Tagaytay is alright for entrepreneurs like ourselves, and so we got into the business of Tagaytay weddings, event management, and even local real estate.
The Beginning of Tagaytay Living
Tagaytay Living actually started out as a real estate website, and this was back in early 2014. In fact, the original real estate-centric content is still on TagaytayLiving.com to this day.
Through the continuing interaction with our everyday clients– OFW professionals, Tagaytay soon-to-weds, vacationing Metro Manila folk, and even our own family and friends– we get a lot questions like:
“Hey, what’s a new place to eat in Tagaytay?”
“Where can I get the best bulalo/tawilis/pasalubong from Tagaytay?
“You guys know a place where we can rent a big enough house in Tagaytay for cheap?”
“Which local wedding suppliers are OK to deal with?”
“We’re celebrating a birthday/anniversary/reunion in Tagaytay this weekend– what’s a good place to hang out/stay/chill?”
“How much would a house and lot cost in Tagaytay?
“What else is a good business to do in Tagaytay?
“Any new kid-friendly places we can check out in the neighborhood?
Of course, while we’d rely on our own first-hand knowledge of the area, we also do our own research– both online, and good old-fashioned asking-local-peeps-for-answers.
It was then that we realized: there are no blogs, or any similar comprehensive online source just on Tagaytay. Sure there were tons of blog posts and articles from all sorts of people online, but that means I’ll have to sift through all these different sites to find what I want about Metro Tagaytay.
And so I thought that maybe we should bridge that gap– curate the good stuff on Tagaytay online, throw in some of our own content, and work with friendly neighborhood establishments for even more local flavor.
Tagaytay Living Today
TagaytayLiving.com has now evolved into a blog on all things Metro Tagaytay. We’ll feature restaurants, hotels, coffee shops, pasalubong shops, as well as local wedding vendors and party suppliers, news and events in and around Tagaytay, tips for folks like us starting a new life in the neighborhood, business ideas, and more.
So whether you have a new restaurant or hotel concept, or you’ve been around for quite some time, we’d sure love to work with you. You have a farm in Metro Tagaytay? You a local wedding supplier or party supplier? Let’s get you featured on the site!
Did you just move into the neighborhood? Thinking of setting up shop in the area? Or if you’re merely looking to network with good-natured folk such as ourselves, do hit us up! We’d sure love to hear from you guys!