Since we bought our property in 2011 there has been a lot of development in the area. The locals will say that since Marcos Highway, also known as the Marikina-Infanta Highway or MARILAQUE (Manila-Rizal-Laguna-Quezon) was cemented and extended, traffic has doubled from just 1-2 overflowing public jeepneys a day to more jeeps plus private vehicles on a regular weekday. On weekends the highway is swarming with groups of riders on mountain bikes, dirt bike motorcycles and all terrain 4x4s. Not to mention the longboard skateboarders and joggers.
Private homes are sprouting like mushrooms. Businesses enjoying this boom of visitors in the area are the restaurants and cafes. There are venues for conferences, training seminars or just weekend family getaways where guests can do the zip line, rappelling or wall climbing. For the more active group there are the Daranak Falls, Batlag Falls, Calinawan Cave, Tinipak River, Masungi Georeserve and Mount Daraitan.
For a glimpse of history there is the San Ildefonso Church more commonly known as Tanay Church located in the heart of the town proper. It was declared as one of the 26 Heritage Churches in the country by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts on July 31, 2001 due to its age and the centuries old religious artefacts that it houses (www.tanay.gov.ph).
Pilgrims make special trips to Regina RICA where they can enjoy "a place of prayer, an ecological sanctuary and wellness environment" in the 13-hectare property owned and maintained by the Dominican Sisters of Regina Rosarii (www.reginarica.org).
You don't have to limit your adventure to Tanay. To the West is Antipolo City, also a popular pilgrimage site to the Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage. To the Northeast is Infanta, Quezon with its beautiful beaches and lambanog. The coastal towns of Laguna de Bay in the South also have their own bragging rights.
We should not forget the fresh air and cool weather of Tanay. Being 500meters above sea level, low temperatures at 25*C would be during the months of December-February.
All these make for a great stay in Tanay!