by Fred John Santos, APRIL 2022
The first thing that strikes one’s mind on hearing the word “summer” is that of vacations. As exciting as it may sound, selecting the best summer holiday destinations can be a tedious task. Fret not, because Metro Pacific Tollways South (MPT South) has got you covered.
A road trip is a popular summer activity, and so MPT South invites travelers to “Biyaheng South” (travel to the South), explore hidden gems and treasures of the provinces of Cavite and Laguna that will surely give you that refreshing summer spirit, made even more accessible through its Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX).
Here are some suggested activities that you can enjoy down South, courtesy of MPT South:
Tagaytay has always been a perfect spot for cafes, thanks to its good weather and perfect scenic view of Taal Lake. Visit these fairly new instagrammable cafes in the city, sip on their delicious beverages, and relax with its overlooking view.
Lawa Café- Tagaytay (Located at Purok 2 Maharlika West, Tagaytay, Cavite)
HOW TO GET THERE: via CALAX, take the exit at Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Rd., turn right onto Tagaytay-Calamba Rd., drive straight until you reach Tagaytay, Cavite.
Kape Sina Una- Tagaytay (Located at Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, Laurel, Batangas (Before Twin Lakes Tagaytay)
HOW TO GET THERE: Via CALAX, take the exit at Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Rd., turn right onto Tagaytay-Calamba Rd., drive straight until you reach Tagaytay, Cavite.
2) Food trip
Your Tagaytay food trip will never be completed without a satisfying bowl of the most famous Bulalo (beef shank soup). But have you also tried the ‘rising star’ dish in the city? The Sizzling Bulalo. This is one of the best sellers, aside from their lechon belly, of this new farm-to-table restaurant located near Tagaytay.
Famu Dining– Located at Purok 5 Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road, Pasong Langka, Silang, Cavite
HOW TO GET THERE: via CALAX , take the exit at Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Rd., turn right onto Tagaytay-Calamba Rd., drive straight until you reach Famu Dining.
How about trying some ‘extra-ordinary’ dishes? This restaurant offers Sinigang na Fried Chicken! A fried chicken marinated in Sinigang broth.
Kapeng Mainit– Located at Maharlika Avenue cor. A. Cruz Herrera Maharlika East, Tagaytay City.
HOW TO GET THERE: via CALAX , take the exit at Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Rd., turn right onto Tagaytay-Calamba Rd., drive straight until you reach Tagaytay, Cavite
To fully enjoy your much awaited trip, spend a night or two with your loved ones, family, or friends in this cozy city. Book a stay here in a breezy, quiet, and serene bed and breakfast located near Tagaytay that offers forest cabin rooms perfect for unwinding!
Lucia’s Bed and Breakfast- Located at Daang Balite Rd, Silang, Cavite
HOW TO GET THERE: via CALAX : exit at the Laguna Blvd. Interchange, turn right onto South Blvd., turn right onto Cardiac Rd., drive straight onto Brgy. Tibig Rd., turn left then turn right onto Munting Ilog, turn left onto Iba Elementary School, turn right onto E Asuncion, turn left onto J Rizal then merge on Emilio Aguinaldo Hwy., turn left onto Daang Balite Rd. (Infront of Acienda Designer Outlet)
“We invite travelers to make use of CALAX to reach summer destinations such as Tagaytay, so that they can save on time, and make the most of their summer experience. To add to making sure your road trip goes smoothly, we encourage travelers to have an RFID installed and make sure it has sufficient load, to avoid queues at our cash lane”, said MPT South Assistant Vice President for Communication and Stakeholder Management and Spokesperson, Ms. Arlette V. Capistrano.
The toll road company also assures 24/7 motorist assistance as seasonal travelers on its network is expected to increase during the period.
“Our social media page and hotline 1-35000 is available 24/7 for customer assistance. We also have emergency call boxes along CALAX that directly connects to our traffic control room, for emergency roadside assistance” added Capistrano.
MPT South holds the concession for the 18-kilometer Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX); the 14-kilometer Manila-Cavite Toll Expressway (CAVITEX); and the CAVITEX C5 Link Segment. These are ongoing projects that will soon be interconnected and will shorten the travel time from Metro Manila to Cavite and Laguna by 45 minutes.
For more travel tips going to South, follow MPT South’s tourism page @biyahengsouth on Facebook and TikTok!
Metro Pacific Tollways South is a subsidiary of the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), the toll road development arm of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation. Aside from the CAVITEX and Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) network in the South of Manila, MPTC’s portfolio includes the concessions for the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), the Subic-Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), the NLEX Connector Road, and the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) in Cebu.
About the writer:
Frederick John Santos. A former media practitioner: he is a previous Social Media News Writer on an AM Radio Station. Now with MPT South, he writes to give information and updates of MPTS’ toll roads to its motorists, stakeholders, and media.