The Philippines as a tropical country is hot and humid almost all year round.
And so it's even hotter in summer!
When people need to relax and unwind over the weekend, there's a place we can travel to escape from the lowland heat.
It's Tagaytay! Overlooking Taal lake.
A cool climate. That's one of the reasons why I love Tagaytay. A mountain resort about one-and-a-half hour travel away from the Philippine capital -- Manila.
It's not just the climate, but also known for its scenic and breathtaking view of the Taal lake and one of the world's smallest active volcanoes.
In June 2018, I had a great weekend in Tagaytay. Just a brief moment to rejuvenate away from the noise and stress from the metro. That was my 3rd and last visit and is memorable ever.
But on this charming tourist destination is a sad story of the recent volcanic eruption in January, this year 2020. Its eruption is one of the most destructive, that caused struggle to the livelihood, health, safety and loss of lives in the town of Taal, province of Batangas, and also affected nearby provinces and had reached as far as Metro Manila.
Will I ever come back to this place?
Yes, I will for sure. This awesome place bordering the province of Batangas and Cavite will never lose its charm. The people remain resilient and will always strive to get back to normal lives after the natural disaster.
The destruction of the ecosystem is a threat not just to the livelihood of fishing and farming, but also a big loss in the tourism sector.
Now, during this time of Pandemic, the people in Taal and Tagaytay are again on a major threat of livelihood due to disruption of businesses due to lockdown. They have not fully recovered from the volcanic eruption in January when the lockdown due to the pandemic was ordered in March 2020.
That's like a continuous disaster and suffering. I hope it will end.
Tourism is a big loser during this pandemic. It could hardly recover given the strict travel restrictions and protocols on health standards.
And so when this pandemic ends, we have to help revive the tourism industry -- the major economic sector in the country.
Is it safe to visit?
I believe so since it will take years for another volcanic eruption to happen, hopefully.
Tagaytay, overlooking Taal lake is close to my heart. It has memories to cherish for a lifetime. It will be a breathtaking place to visit for a lifetime.
© 2020 Del Cusay