Last Thursday, Alvin took Anika and me to Tagaytay because it was a holiday.
The first stop that we went to was the Palace in the Sky.
The last time I was there was in 2006, I think. My ex-boyfriend took me there and I was kinda weirded out bakit ang daming tao eh dilapidated na yung place.
Outfit of the day muna:
Since it was like 8 years ago, I thought Palace in the Sky improved. Hindi naman. I’ll show you later.
The view was fantastic though given that we were on the top most part of Tagaytay.
When you reach the entrance of the Palace in the Sky, you are to pay an entrance fee. Sana they ask na lang for a bigger amount and use it to rehabilitate the place.
Upon entering, your choice is to walk up the hill to the top or ride a jeepney. Ayaw kong malusaw ang make-up ko so we rode a jeepney to the top for Php 40 for the three of us. That was also the first time that Anika experienced riding a jeep. Di niya masyadong type but when we were going down na, she enjoyed it already.
They really ought to fix the place especially the railings. Pwedeng pwede mahulog ang kahit sino diyan. Horror.
There were stalls there that were selling Tagaytay souvenirs. I got Anika an umbrella.
Alvin wanted to go check out the “palace”. Ako hindi na because I was scared. By the looks of the structure, I felt it wasn’t safe to go in anymore.
I can’t find a nice photo of the Palace in the Sky when it was still new. I Googled its history and here’s what I found:
Imelda Marcos decided to build a mansion on top of Mount Gonzales, which was at that time a land owned by the government. The summit before was used by the Bureau of Air Transport as a radar station. Construction of the Palace in the Sky began in 1981. The construction of the mansion was a tedious one as roads were built for supplies to reach the top of the 2,500 ft Mount Gonzales. The mountain was leveled by bulldozers and farmers living in the mountainside were asked to relocate. Construction of the mansion was hastened when US President Ronald Reagan announced his intention to visit the Philippines in November 1983. It was reported that the Marcos administration planned to accommodate Reagan at the Palace in the Sky. Post-People Power Revolution critics of the Marcos administration described the unfinished mansion as a symbol of the Marcos administration’s excess.
Grabe. They didn’t finish pala building the mansion.
This is how it looks like now.
Sayang right? I wish the government will fix it up. Sayang the fantastic view talaga. I hope they can put restaurants there or a nice park where people can have picnics or just simply hang out.
By the parking area, you’ll see a terrible canteen.
Literally, it’s Terrible’s Canteen talaga.
Kaloka din minsan ang sense of humor ng mga Pinoys ano? =)