It’s Officially Wedding Season in the Philippines!

December is the Philippines’ wedding season. Balikbayans come home for the holidays, families get together, and the weather is generally a lot more pleasant. #tagaytayweddings #cupcaketowers #weddingfavors #caketoppers | Sofia’s Cakes on Instagram

December is the Philippines' wedding season. Balikbayans come home for the holidays, families get together, and the weather is generally a lot more pleasant. #tagaytayweddings #cupcaketowers #weddingfavors  #caketoppers | Sofia's Cakes on Instagram

Image taken directly from the Sofia’s Cakes account on Instagram. Visit Sofia’s Cakes Tagaytay-Amadeo Road on Instagram for the latest in cake and cupcake inspirations, wedding and party ideas, and the latest promotions from our event and venue partners in Metro Tagaytay.

For all your custom cake needs for weddings, birthday parties, christenings/baptisms, debuts, anniversaries, showers, and other themed events, get in touch with our team:

(Mobile) (+63 977) 811.CAKE (0977.811.2253)
(Landline) (+63 46) 483.1483
(Email) freshlybaked@sofiascakes.com
(Website) www.sofiascakes.com

We also provide party planning services for Metro Tagaytay, as well as cupcake arrangements, candy and dessert stations, custom cake toppers, bridal car rentals, and other personalized wedding souvenirs and giveaways.

Are You Going On a Visita Iglesia Road Trip This Year?

If you plan on heading down Metro Tagaytay this Holy Week to do your Visita Iglesia, you might want to check out our list of Catholic Churches in Metro Tagaytay.

Featured on our list:

Candelaria Chapel in Alfonso,
Ina ng Laging Saklolo in Tagaytay City,
Our Lady of the Candles Parish in Silang,
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church in Tagaytay City,
Palocpoc Church (or San Isidro Labrador Church) in Mendez,
Saint Augustine Parish in Mendez,
St. Gregory Parish Church in Indang,
St. Mary Magdalene in Amadeo,
and San Juan Nepomuceno Church in Alfonso.

We’ve got a nice interactive Google Map as well, to help you plan your trip better.

We also have an additional 10 more churches in nearby Cavite and Batangas that you might want to include in your Visita Iglesia road trip.

Check that post out now! 

Tagaytay Vacation Rentals Are Gaining Ground

This post was written by Sofia’s Cakes’ very own Renzie Baluyut, and also appears as “The Increasing Popularity of Vacation Rentals” on his own personal blog.

Whenever I’ve concluded business with my soon-to-wed couples, I try to get to know them a little more– usually asking about Tagaytay wedding preparations, or if they’re still looking for local wedding suppliers, or what other last-minute details they need fixed in time for the big day.

On the subject of accommodations– as family and friends fly in or drive in from all over– it’s common for my clients to ask me about where to stay in Metro Tagaytay. Sure, there are hotels and bed & breakfasts, but the one thing I’ve noticed is the popularity of renting a house or a condo for a few days while in Tagaytay for the wedding.

Renzie & Odette's Wedding, 2013 0713. Preps at Balai Taal, Tagaytay.
Look at that view! Balai Taal has a number of houses available for rent. The gardens below are also great for wedding receptions.

Tagaytay Vacation Rentals

Vacation Rentals are typically aimed at families or groups who would want a little more space to stretch out, with a kitchen for the option of cooking if they so wish, while still having a level of privacy and convenience more suited to their needs.

Some folks rent out a furnished apartment, house, or condominium on a temporary basis to tourists as an alternative to:

  • staying at a hotel or bed & breakfast
  • renting a room or a bedspace
  • or staying with nearby family/friends
A vacation rental property at The Lakeridge Suites

A Surge In Popularity

Tagaytay vacation rentals are increasingly more popular as a travel option in the Philippines. On a personal note, I have observed:

  • You can see more vacation rental listings on all kinds of online channels.
  • More condominium owners are refitting their properties for short- or long-term lease options
  • More investors are purchasing property specifically with the intention of developing vacation rentals.

In addition, according to USA Today Travel, portals such as Travelocity and Orbitz have launched their own dedicated vacation rental sites, while TripAdvisor bought a controlling stake in FlipKey.com. More websites have come up to service particular locales or niche markets, and you can expect to see a similar trend here in the Philippines as well.

Sources:

For custom Tagaytay wedding cakes, and cakes for other special occasions and celebrations, visit www.sofiascakes.com.

Wedding Cakes by Sofia’s Cakes Tagaytay-Amadeo Road

Bridal Cars Tagaytay welcomes Sofia’s Cakes Tagaytay-Amadeo Road as one of its partners in Metro Tagaytay!

Sofia’s Cakes Tagaytay-Amadeo Road has been a part of hundreds of Tagaytay weddings since it first fired up its ovens in early 2012.  From its humble beginnings as a weekends-only operation, the boutique bake shop is now the cake partner of choice for not just soon-to-weds, but also for hotels, wedding venues, restaurants and caterers in and around Metro Tagaytay.

For custom Tagaytay wedding cakes, and cakes for other special occasions and celebrations, visit www.sofiascakes.com.

What Do They Offer?

Sofia’s Cakes Tagaytay-Amadeo Road is Metro Tagaytay’s leading choice for custom wedding cakes.  They’ve got lots of available designs in fondant and buttercream, and are ready to work with just about any design requirement by soon-to-wed clients.

Also popular: cupcakes as part of a wedding cupcake tower, or as giveaways for guests at the wedding reception.  Many couples order accompanying mini-cakes (as “Thank You” tokens for ninongs. ninangs and VIP guests), custom cake toppers, as well as satellite cakes and dessert cakes to make for a more impressive cake spread.

While Sofia’s Cakes specializes in wedding cakes, they also make cakes for anniversaries, debuts, birthdays, baptisms, showers and other special occasions.  Lately, they’ve been accommodating party planning requests, particularly for more private gatherings (24 to 50 pax), with requirements ranging from gourmet dinner setups to more elaborately styled dessert and candy stations.

Go ahead and browse through the Sofia’s Cakes cake gallery here, with photos of their wedding cakes, as well as cakes for other special occasions.

How To Get In Touch With Them

Sofia’s Cakes Tagaytay-Amadeo Road services the Metro Tagaytay area of Tagaytay City, Silang, Amadeo, Mendez, Indang and Alfonso, as well as the nearby towns of Dasmariñas (Cavite), General Trias (Cavite), Imus (Cavite), Nasugbu (Batangas) and Sta. Rosa (Laguna).

They have also been requested to deliver our cakes at times to Alabang (Metro Manila), Lemery (Batangas), Los Baños (Laguna), Makati (Metro Manila), Naic (Cavite), San Juan (Batangas) and Talisay (Batangas).

Sofia’s Cakes is located at 247 Tagaytay-Amadeo Road, Bgy. Loma, Amadeo, Cavite. The phones to our kitchen are (+63 46) 483.1483, (+63 999) 888.7700 and (+63 917) 813.4264, and our shop is open daily from 9AM to 6PM, even on holidays.

Click here for directions and a map to the shop, in case you’d want to stop by.

Here’s What’s Happening in Metro Tagaytay

(Editor’s Note: This article was written by Renzie Baluyut– professional destination wedding consultant, events & marketing expert and Metro Tagaytay small business owner, posted on his blog at Renzie Baluyut Online.)

The term “Metro Tagaytay” isn’t exactly an official designation, although it has been used mainly by real estate developers, wedding vendors, hotels, restaurants and other business owners operating in the neighborhood.

Metro Tagaytay’s territory covers the entire Tagaytay City, as well as the adjoining Cavite towns of Alfonso, Indang, Mendez, Amadeo and Silang.

While there are rumors that the wheels have been turning to make Metro Tagaytay official– and thereby bringing Alfonso, Indang, Mendez, Amadeo and Silang within its jurisdiction– we can only speculate on how soon this would actually happen, and more importantly, how it would affect local business.


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What’s Happening In Metro Tagaytay

Right at the top of the list of what sorts of businesses are flourishing in and around the area of Tagaytay City, are:

Travel and Tourism
Weddings
Agriculture
Real Estate
Wellness

Travel and Tourism.  This one’s a no-brainer, considering how close Tagaytay City is to Metro Manila, as well as how it is conveniently located on the way to (parts of) Batangas, even Laguna and Quezon.  (Tagaytay City is still part of Cavite, by the way!)

Metro Tagaytay is a popular tourist destination, attracting regular folk from the big city, as well as foreign visitors looking for a little adventure or relaxation.

As such, you have a plethora of hotels, bed and breakfasts, resorts, as well as restaurants, coffee shops and other recreational facilities in and around Tagaytay.

One of our favorite restaurants in Tagaytay is Breakfast at Antonio's, which is conveniently right along the highway, on your way to Nasugbu from Tagaytay.
One of our favorite restaurants in Tagaytay is Breakfast at Antonio’s, which is conveniently right along the highway, on your way to Nasugbu from Tagaytay.

Click here for a list of restaurants in the area of Metro Tagaytay.

Weddings.  Metro Tagaytay is also a popular choice for destination weddings. We’ve seen a lot of wedding venues crop up within the last few years, and you now have a thriving community of local wedding vendors– from caterers to photographers/videographers, wedding coordination teams, stylists, florists, as well as wedding cake suppliers, bridal car rental companies, wedding hosts and musicians.

A scene from our own wedding at Tagaytay Highlands. Photo by Oly Ruiz of Metrophoto.
A scene from our own wedding at Tagaytay Highlands. Photo by Oly Ruiz of Metrophoto.

Peak season for weddings is December to January, with a secondary peak during the summer.

Click here for a list of hotels in the area of Metro Tagaytay.

Agriculture.  The towns around Tagaytay City– Alfonso, Indang, Mendez, Amadeo and Silang– are all primarily agricultural municipalities, with sprawling farmlands growing all sorts of produce, as well as flowering plants, decorative plants and trees.

Pineapples grow in abundance around Metro Tagaytay, where you can find farms of all kinds.
Pineapples grow in abundance around Metro Tagaytay, where you can find farms of all kinds.

As one might expect, many Metro Tagaytay restaurants and hotels either source their produce locally or, more interestingly enough, maintain their own farms nearby.

Take a look around, and you’ll see fruit stands, vegetable stalls and landscaping services everywhere. If you know where to look, you’ll find all sorts of herb gardens, flower farms and even tree nurseries within the neighborhood.

Click here for 10 Fun Facts about Tagaytay.

 

Real Estate.  Not surprisingly, you have all sorts of real estate companies, from big players like SMDC, Ayala Corporation, Robinsons and Citiland, to smaller subdivision developers and property management groups.

In Metro Tagaytay, you'll find all manners of real estate available-- from parcels of land, to houses and lots, as well as condominium units.
In Metro Tagaytay, you’ll find all manners of real estate available– from parcels of land, to houses and lots, as well as condominium units.

It seems like everyone is selling a piece of Metro Tagaytay land here, or a new condominium unit there. Just make sure you deal with authorized brokers, with all the necessary papers and titles that go with transactions like these.

Wellness.  Not as big, but just as flourishing, is the wellness sector in Metro Tagaytay.  The neighborhood already has a number of well-known spas, retreat houses, organic farms, as well as restaurants using a great deal of organic food.  Add to that your weekend warriors biking/running into Tagaytay City, and retirees looking to live out the rest of their days in the hilly countryside.

A pot of hot tea, from Nurture Spa in Tagaytay.  Metro Tagaytay has a lot of great options for rest and relaxation for families, career-folk, businessmen and retirees.
A pot of hot tea, from Nurture Spa in Tagaytay. Metro Tagaytay has a lot of great options for rest and relaxation for families, career-folk, businessmen and retirees.

In Conclusion

Metro Tagaytay has so much to offer: it’s got a lot of big city conveniences, as well as business opportunities, but you still have that much-needed laid-back and stress-free lifestyle that provincial living brings.

I now call this place home.  After living and toiling in Metro Manila all my life, how can you not appreciate the unpolluted Tagaytay countryside air?  You’ve got a great view of Taal Volcano and the lake, a lot of places nearby to visit, and most importantly, it’s still relatively close to Metro Manila if I need to get some business done.  Needless to say, I love it here.