Many years ago, my classmates and I were given the opportunity to visit the Malacanang Palace, the official residence and office of the President of the Philippines, for a field trip. During our field trip, I was in awe with the exhibits on display and I left with a sense of amazement at the grandeur of the palace. Flash forward to the present, I was once again given the opportunity to revisit Malacanang, this time for work. Even though my visit was no longer a student but that of a teacher, the feeling of amazement and this time appreciation still lingered.
Spontaneous out-of-town trips to the city's weekend and second summer capital are always fun. There is a sense of adventure and just simply driving around national and provincial highways while talking to people you love make the trip more meaningful and worthwhile. So yesterday, after a week of stress and preparation for an event in school, Tricia and I decided to just take a random trip down south. Originally we were suppose to just spend an afternoon at Nuvali but we ended going up to Tagaytay. Now I'm pretty sure a lot of people have written about the best places to eat and stay in Tagaytay, but being the very happy go-lucky people that we are, we just drove around and picked three destinations: a taste of Tagaytay's famous bulalo and two chapels that have had some significance in my life, the first being Chapel on the Hill and the second Caleruega Church.
My name is Alfonso your nerdy history teacher, bookworm and lover of all things cultural and exciting. You can find me in a weekend market, in a bookshop, or eating in Japanese restos during the weekends.