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A Visit to Tagaytay
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
April is the month of annual conventions and PSP (Physiology Society of the Philippines) had its 27th on April 20 and 21 in Angels Hills, Tagaytay City, with the theme "A Friendly Approach to Molecular Physiology". Wow, just by reading the theme anyone will agree that the officers went through a tough time deciding on the topics for presentation. The lectures included something on the neuroendocrine and the T-cells, genetics, molecular biology, and receptor physiology. Pfizer even gave a lecture on the physiology of smoking making the first day of the convention uber hectic.

Anyway, the convention was held in a place called Angels Hills. While entering the place, you will not fail to notice the many statues of angels ( Saint Raphael, Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel, Saint Uriel, Saint Jhudiel, Saint Barachiel, and Saint Sealtiel), reason for its name.

The place is mostly used for retreats but because of its serenity, we cannot help to wonder if there are nuns living in it. Maybe it was really designed for use by the holy because there was no television nor radio in its rooms. The silence and the weather makes one feel very sleepy. But when I mentioned it to my aunt who is a nun, she claims that their convents and retreat houses have TVs and radios in them.

We had plans of exploring Tagaytay and have a taste of the bulalo it is well noted for. But due to time constraints, we were not able to do so. We noticed the heaps of pineapples and other assortment of fruits along the highway while on our way home, and so I cannot resist the temptation to buy. The pineapples are really cheap as they were sold at 3 for Php 100. Bananas were cheap, too. Together with the several boxes of pies (apple, pineapple, buko, and ube) I bought from Angels Hills, our car compartment was really filled to capacity.

It was actually my second time to visit Tagaytay. The first was when I was in grade school so I don't really have a vivid memory of how it was. Looking at the place, it is very progressive. I would love to go back and explore some more if given the chance.

Taal Volcano taken along the highway

My husband (in green) during the oath taking ceremony. He was elected as one of the officers.

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