Tagaytay Getaway: Caleruega

Caleruega is a retreat center and a popular wedding venue as well. It was established in August 6, 1995 by the Dominican priests. It is named after a town in Spain, the birth place of the congregation's founder, Saint Dominic.

Transfiguration Chapel also known as Caleruega Church
Caleruega Administration building facade with statues of St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Catherine of Siena
lobby of caleruega administration building
"Caleruega must be on our itinerary", I told HB. We finally made a visit to this place that looks like a lovely garden park. And there are just beautiful flowers, tall trees, manicured lawns and amazing picturesque view of mountains and green grasslands everywhere.



a life sized statue of St. Dominic de Guzman




Then it was time for a lengthy wander through the stairs, leading inevitably to the rustic Caleruega Church or also known as Transfiguration Chapel located at the highest point of Caleruega complex. According to what I've read the chapel's facade is a replica of the original chapel in Caleruega, Spain. And the chapel itself is filled with representation.

The Transfiguration Chapel nestled on top of a hill: Its hut-shaped roof is in remembrance of the temporary sheds that the apostles wanted to build for Jesus, Moses and Elijah during the transfiguration (Mt 17:1-8). 
inside the 150-seater chapel: The stained glass depicts the Transfiguration of Jesus witnessed by Peter, John, and Luke. With Jesus are Moses and Elijah, two significant instruments of God in the Old Testament (Mat 17:3) 
The seven grapevines entwined in the steel doors of the chapel not only portray Jesus as the vine and we as branches (John 15:5), but also symbolize the seven sacraments



Caleruega is not actually in Tagaytay but located between the boundary of Alfonso, Cavite and Nasugbu, Batangas. Please note the trip to get there involve traveling over dusty rough roads and the location is quite off the beaten track. The stairs leading up to the chapel may not be suitable for older people and handicapped. Entrance to Caleruega is around P30.

Address:
Caleruega Philippines, Brgy. Kaylaway,
Batulao, Nasugbu, Batangas

How to Get There:
From Nasugbu Arch, turn left towards Evercrest and Chapel on the Hill Don Bosco, then turn right when you see the sign pointing to Caleruega. Continue down the road until you reach Caleruega at the end.

Till next time... toodles,
June

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