A huge part of traveling to a place is having the chance to get a glimpse of the culture of the region. And what better way to mingle with the locals but to participate in their local festivities? The cool city may not be big on culture and festivals in Tagaytay but the breezy town still proves it has a lot to offer.
During the first week of May, the Pilipinyahan Summer Festival in Tagaytay promotes and celebrates pineapples as the most alluring agricultural product in the country. The festival celebrates pineapples as an important fruit, particularly to the island nation of the Philippines. The country has continued to grow and sell pineapples since the Spanish came over and introduced the fruit to local agriculture. Today, the Philippines is the second largest producer of pineapples in the world by growing 1.618 tons as of 2010.
Pineapples are more than just food for the Filipinos as the leaves of the fruit can produce a fiber called piña. When combined with either silk or polyester, the textile fabric of piña is then used to make the country’s National Costume, the Barong Tagalog for men and the Baro’t Saya for women.
Huge floats are decorated with pineapples as they parade down the main road of Tagaytay City with tons of dancing and displays of creativity and artistic abilities. Residents of the cool city also participate in the said festival as they decorate their houses using the much-loved fruit. Shows demonstrate the wide range of dishes that can be cooked using pineapples as well as the selling of the famous Pineapple and Pili Pies that make a perfect sweet dessert.
With the dozens of cultural events in the Philippines, Tagaytay celebrates nationwide festivals along with the entire country. Tagaytay is especially crowded during the Holy Week as travelers take the opportunity to de-stress and relax during their weeklong vacations. Finely-carved masks worn by colorful warriors that depict the Roman soldiers during Christ’s time can be seen along the Aguinaldo Highway as groups reenact the Passion of Christ during Holy Week.
Another favorite nationwide festival is the Flores de Mayo or Santacruzan where a parade of the town’s loveliest and prettiest ladies can be seen depicting the search and discovery of the True Cross of Saint Helena. The festival is preceded by a novena or hymn of prayers in honor of the Holy Cross. On the ninth day, the Santacruzan is held as the prettiest girls line up with their escorts and walk under attractively decorated arches.
Most people don’t know that Tagaytay is actually part of the Cavite region. It was in Kawit, Cavite where the first Philippine flag was unfurled at the balcony of Emilio Aguinaldo, the first Philippine President. Along with Tagaytay, the entire country commemorates this day marked as Independence Day. Tagaytay then honor’s the first Philippine President by naming its lone main highway after him, the Aguinaldo Highway.
These kinds of celebrations offer the chance for visitors to see how fun-loving residents of Tagaytay can be. Book your hotels in advance during these events as you celebrate with the locals the rich culture and festivals in Tagaytay.