When visiting Manila, one of the first destinations tourists should typically check out is Tagaytay, the little hillside town that overlooks Taal Volcano. Since the January 12 eruption of that volcano, day trips haven’t been the best idea, as recovery efforts have taken priority. Now that things are returning back to normal, the Philippines Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) says visitors may need to wait longer for gambling action to resume.
On their website, PAGCOR have made the following announcement regarding the Casino Filipino (CF) Tagaytay:
“We wish to inform the public that as of today February 12, 2020, Casino Filipino (CF) – Tagaytay remains closed.
It may be recalled that operations of the casino branch temporarily suspended in the aftermath of Taal Volcano’s eruption last January 12, 2020. The building is currently undergoing structural and electrical checks to guarantee safety of the entire premise.
Resumption of operations will be announced in this website as soon as the date is confirmed.”
When Taal began erupting, the local alert system was quickly raised from alert level 2, indicating a moderate level of volcanic unrest, to 4, signaling a hazardous eruption was imminent. As time passed and the rumblings of the volcano decreased, the alert was brought down to 3 in late January, and then back to alert level 2 on February 14.
But if you’re still looking to get some action in while staying in the Philippines, most other casinos remained open throughout the entire ordeal. Okada Manila and Resorts World Manila never shut their doors, even extending services to stranded travelers and employees affected by the volcano.
Even with things returning to normal in Tagaytay, PAGCOR is simply taking all precautions that things are safe before the action resumes. The region needs tourism to come back strong, and to come back for good. Having a totally cleared CF Tagaytay ready to take in tourists will be important to helping the local economy recover.