At the very last day in Philippines we had a trip to Tagaytay and Lake Taal. Tagaytay is 55 kilometers from Manila. It is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations because from there it is good view of the Taal Volcano. We bought the trip from Marsman Tours (which was extremely good and reliable partner for us during the trip). As the previous trips, the driver and guide picked us from the hotel 8AM.
First, we drove through Manila and stopped in the Las Pinas village (suburb of Manila). Here we got the additional information about Iglesia Ni Cristo churches, which you can see all over the country.
In Las Pinas we visited Catholic San Jose church which has the world's one and only bamboo organ. The centuries-old instrument was constructed from 950 bamboo pipes, buried in sand for six months to preserve to preserve them from insect-infestation. Annually, a bamboo organ concert is open to the public, performed by the country's and world's best organists.
We also visited Sarao Jeepney Factory, where we saw how those vehicles are made in nowadays.
We stopped at the pineapple field and coffee trees. I did not have an idea before, how pineapple grows. We found out that pineapple grows at the ground and it takes 22 months to be ready to harvest.
Taal Volcano is an active volcano on the Luzon island. It consists of an island in Lake Taal, which is situated within a caldera formed by an earlier very large eruption. The volcano has erupted violently several times, causing loss of life in the populated areas surrounding the lake. There have been 33 recorded eruptions at volcano Taal since 1572. The most recent period of activity lasted from 1965 to 1977. This period was characterized by the interaction of magma with lake water, producing violent explosions.
At Lake Taal we took several pictures of World’s smallest volcano and had a delicious cup of coffee at Starbucks.
On our way to the hotel we stopped at the fruit stand and bought some exotic fruits to bring home. Our children were very happy to get them.
We spent the afternoon at the hotel’s pool to enjoy the sun and warmth. Then we packed our bags and had a last quick dinner of Filipino food. We drove with taxi to Manila’s Ninoy Aquino Airport and this completed our excellent visit to Philippines.
See more pictures from that trip here.