When the Philippine Revolution broke up, Tagaytay became a place of refuge and hideaway for revolutionaries of the nearby provinces of Batangas and Laguna and other neighboring towns of masilao (now Amadeo), Malabon Grande (now Gen. Trias), Silang, Dasmariñas, Mendez and Indang. The place, with its wide expanse of forests, made it a perfect sanctuary and pursuit place for the Katipuneros. Because of that, the Katipuneros used to call the place as “Mananagaytay” which means traversing the ridges of Tagaytay.
On June 21, 1938, Tagaytay became a chartered city with the passage and signing by the late President Manuel L. Quezon of Commonwealth Act No. 338, a bill authored by Rep. Justiniano S. Montano of Cavite.
Tagaytay City has a total land area of 66.1 km2 (26 sq mi) which represents about 4.37% of the total area of the Province of Batangas. It lies within 120° 56′ longitude and 14° 6′ latitude and overlooks Manila Bay to the North, Taal Volcano and Lake to the south and Laguna de Bay to the east.
The southern and eastern portions of Tagaytay City are covered by hills and mountains which is generally forests and open grasslands. The city lies along Tagaytay Ridge, a ridge stretching about 32 kilometres (20 mi) from Mount Batulao in the west to Mount Sungay (now People’s Park in the Sky) in the east with elevations averaging about 610 metres (2,000 ft) above sea level.Mount Sungay, in Tagaytay, is the highest point of the province of Cavite at 709 metres (2,326 ft).
The city’s total population is 61,623. Its night time population is the same with its daytime population since the city does not have any university or industrial park that encourages a different situation. Most of the residents of Tagaytay (93.58%) speak the Tagalog language. The second most used dialect in Tagaytay is Bicolano, which is spoken by 1.52% of the residents.
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