This old yet still famous park sits atop of Tagaytay City's ridge.
The People's Park in the Sky, often simply called People's Park and originally named Palace in the Sky, is a historical urban park in Tagaytay, Cavite, Philippines. The park was converted from an incomplete mansion, known as the palace in the sky.
Although I have been to Tagaytay for many times, only once I have visited this place in 2013. Honestly, there's nothing to do much here aside from picture-taking of its old structures.
ABOUT PEOPLE'S PARK IN THE SKY
The park sits atop Mount Sungay, aka Mount Gonzales, which at the height of 709 meters (2,326 ft) above sea level and the highest point in Cavite, offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding areas as far as 50 kilometers in a clear day, including the view of Taal Lake and the famous Taal Volcano. It is also one of Tagaytay’s most visited landmark next to Picnic Grove.
While Tagaytay is often known as the “other Summer Capital” aside from Baguio due to its cooler climate compared to the lowlands, the summer weather is still warm at thirty degrees according to the thermometer of one of our flock. It’s still cooler in the shade, especially when there’s a cool breeze blowing.
BEST TIME TO VISITBest time to visit peoples park is during the dry season around March to May so you can be able to see the view clearly.
WHAT TO WEAR IN TAGAYTAYIf you are going to Tagaytay during the rainy season, don’t forget to bring an extra jacket as the temperature would hit 18-20 degree Celcius. But if you’re going to Tagaytay during the dry season, casual shirts would be enough.
PALACE IN THE SKY
At the top is an unfinished and seemingly abandoned mansion commissioned by former First Lady Imelda Marcos in the 1980s. It is said that the construction was rushed to accommodate US President Ronald Reagan who announced his planned visit to the country, which was later, unfortunately, cancelled.
Mount Sungay was named because of its former distinctive peak which resembled horns (“sungay” means “horn” in Tagalog) and was used as a navigational aid by sailing ships. The peak was destroyed and flattened to accommodate the mansion.
The mansion was still unfinished when the Marcoses were ousted in 1986 revolution, and the park was given its current name. The mansion looks abandoned, with broken windows and molds sticking on its pillars and walls.
The Shrine of Our Lady, Mother of Fair Love is also one of the main features of the park. It was installed on December 15, 1974, by Hernan D. Reyes together with four high school students and two workers.
It is said that attempts to blast off the rock that contained the image of the Virgin Mary was made during the mansion’s construction in 1981 but were unable to, so it was left intact.
PAGASA DOPPLER RADAR STATION
Besides the mansion are the Doppler Radar station of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the state weather forecaster. Being a member of the Western Pacific weather group we were given a rare opportunity to go inside the weather radar station, our appointment being arranged by one of our meteorologist friends. Normally, access is restricted only to PAGASA personnel.
MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
Frankly, there's nothing here but old and abandoned establishments, maintained and managed by Tagaytay City as it was turned to be a park where people can enjoy the heights, the coldness and the view from Mt. Sungay. That's the reason why I never came back here.
But if you love historical sites (which I do), if you want to know something related to the past of a city, a province or a country, then I suggest you take a glance of this place.
By the way, we went here not knowing how to get here. Funny, but true. We asked some locals (those tricycle drivers) how to go here. Luckily, they suggested that we can take a jeepney ride or they can take us up here. Tricycles however, can't enter and drive up the hill atop of the park.
So once you reach entrance, your options are to walk or to get another jeepney ride that can bring you up to the top without sweating.
Of course, we chose to walk instead. Paid entrance fee. Bought some peeled green mangoes. It was really foggy when we went up. At times, the clouds are gone. But most of the time, it was dark.
We visited each places written above. Each establishment gives you different views of Taal Lake and the rest of Cavite, parts of Batangas and Laguna from other angles. It's indeed a 360 degree view of CALABARZON (minus Quezon, I guess).
Like what we did in Picnic Grove, we just roamed around the place, took selfies, ate snacks and I bought a souvenir for myself. A shirt that says, "I Love Tagaytay".
We probably spent more hours hear than in Picnic Grove. So that's our experience here at People's Park In The Sky.
HOW TO GET TO PEOPLE'S PARK IN THE SKY
Via public commute
- Ride a bus bound to Nasugbu/Olivares Tagaytay at Pasay near MRT Taft Station( at the back of Sogo) – Fare is PHP 87
- Drop off at Olivares/Tagaytay Rotunda.
- Ride a tricycle then tell the driver to bring you to People’s Park in the Sky.
Via private vehicle
- Drive through SLEX and take the Sta. Rosa Exit.
- From there, it’s a straight drive to Tagaytay City.
- Straight ahead until you reached Oliveres – Tagaytay Rotunda.
- Make a round at the rotunda going to Tagaytay City – Calamba Rd.
- Straight ahead then you will see signage where People’s Park is located.
- In the end, the road is split into two. Go straight to the left side until you reach People’s Park in the Sky entrance.
Or you can just search 'People's Park In The Sky' on Google Maps or Waze. If you don’t have a private vehicle, you can rent a car or van here.
People's Park In The Sky
Address: Tagaytay - Calamba Rd, Tagaytay, Cavite
Opening Hours: 8am to 6pm Mon-Thu, 7am to 6pm Fri-Sun
Admission: Entrance P30, Parking Fee P20
OTHER THINGS TO DO IN TAGAYTAY CITY
On September 6, Tagaytay City opened their tourism under MGCQ amid COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the establishments started to reopen. On September 21, People's Park In The Sky was announced to reopen the same week the city has began to accept tourists. Kindly follow Tagaytay LGU and IATF's safety protocols while you are staying here.
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This blog is part of my Tagaytay Trip in 2013.
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