People’s Park in the Sky in Tagaytay: A Historic Palace and Park Atop Tagaytay
Another famous go-to spot for sightseeing in Tagaytay is People’s Park in the Sky presenting a wide view of the Taal volcano joined by the all-green Tagaytay Highlands.
The park was originally called “Palace in the Sky” as it sits atop of Mt. Sungay. It was originally intended to accommodate a US president who was set to visit the country. However, the visit didn’t push through and the palace was soon abandoned.
Fast-forward to now, the majestic property was transformed into a public park that takes you to the highest peak. Aside from a perfect overlooking view of Tagaytay, it also provides one the experience of being almost eye-level with the clouds and free-flying birds.
While you can take a Php 20 jeepney ride from the entrance to the top of the park, a ten-minute leisurely stroll up the hill is a rather good time for you to let your mind mellow out and appreciate the nature around you.
At the viewing deck, visitors can rent binoculars for a closer look at the stunning Taal Volcano and the towns below. There are also a few food joints and souvenir shops where you can stop over for snacks and trinkets to take home.
The People’s Park in the Sky is also home to the Shrine of Our Lady Mother of Fair Love and a huge statue of Jesus Christ which solemnly overlooks the whole place.
The park is situated at the top of Mt. Sungay, a ten-minute drive from Picnic Grove and 20 minutes from Tagaytay Rotonda.
How to get here
- By car: From Makati take the SLEX and exit to Sta Rosa. Then take the Nuvali Blvd., going to Sta. Rosa Tagaytay Rd. Continue straight then turn left to Tagaytay – Calamba Rd. People’s Park is located on top of Mt. Sungay.
- By public transport: From the Ayala triangle, take the Erjohn and Almark bus bound to Tagaytay and then get off at Olivarez Plaza. From there, there are several tricycles that you can hail going to People’s Park. The tricycle fare usually starts at Php 30. If you’re coming from the Picnic Grove, there are also several vans that can take you to People’s Park. Van fare usually starts at Php 50.
Address: Mt. Sungay, Brgy. Dapdap East, Tagaytay City
Operating hours: 8 a.m. to 6p.m.
Entrance fee: Php 30
This first appeared in Philippine Primer’s Japanese and English Magazine December issue.