Photoblog: Taal Vista Hotel

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“Slice from its History”

In 1938, Manila Hotel Company started the construction of the Taal Vista Lodge along Ilong Kastila – a stretch of flatland perched atop an incline, which people say resembled a nose. The architect was probably Andres Luna de San Pedro, who renovated the Manila Hotel to accommodate s suite for General Douglas McArthur just a few years earlier, and the conractor may have been Pedro Siochi, a well-known contractor who built the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila. Both of them were favorite by President Quezon.

October 1939, the Taal Vista Lodge was opened to the public as Tagaytay’s primary hotel and was managed and operated by Manila Hotel Company. They also began to work on the first golf course in Tagaytay.

1968, the national government decided to sell Taal Vista Lodge to the private sector through a public bidding. Resorts Hotel Corporation won the bid and operated the Lodge until 1984.

1984, the hotel was sold to SM Investments Corporation. Months after the 1990 earthquake that destroyed Baguio, Tagaytay experienced a boom in real estate development as it became an alternative summer capital.

1999, Taal Vista Lodge was closed down for renovation and reconstructed the original style of the Lodge.

2003, Taal Vista Lodge reopened with its new name, Taal Vista Hotel.

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a frustrated journalist-and-teacher-turned-engineer who is making his dreams into reality by following his designed style of traveling. Email me at thetreasuretracker@gmail.com.
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