Monday, May 19, 2008

Our Caleruega Experience

After our tiring expediton to the Eco-Adventure Trail in Tagaytay, and since we are already near to Batanggas...we decided to take a stop-over to this well-known place along Nasugbu Batanggas, the Caleruega. The Caleruega is a spiritual center located in the hilly part of Batulao, Batangas owned by the Dominican Province of the Philippines. Journey to a place of spiritual healing and reflection.

The Caleruega grounds in Tagaytay is a sanctuary for the soul and the spirit. The sprawling flora and lush environs makes Caleruega the perfect place for retreats, weddings, or simply an afternoon away from the metro. It was primarily constructed to serve as a venue for spiritual activities like retreats primarily for Dominican schools. At present it is open to the public for seminars, trainings, and private weddings.

Its facilities include a chapel, two session halls, two dormitories, more than 20 medieval-type cottages, a refectory, an adoration room, and a campsite. Its rugged landscape and serene environment is perfect for meditations that make visitors feel relaxed and comfortable. Caleruega was named and patterned after the medieval town in Spain, which is the birthplace of the founder of the Dominican Order, St. Dominic de Guzman. Also, you can’t go there and miss the 150-seater Transfiguration Chapel, which has been seen in many movies (if you watched Sukob where Kris & Wendell got married). This rustic church surrounded by beautiful trees and flowers is the perennial Batangas-wedding venue favorite. Its charm and beauty attracts couples and ordinary sightseers from all over the country. This church is perfect for small and intimate weddings

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