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Caleruega – Where Silence is Beautiful

Caleruega is famous for at least two things : weddings and retreats. With the beauty and tranquility of the place, it is very easy to understand why. It is often mistakenly said to be found in Tagaytay City but its actual location is Batulao, Brgy. Kaylaway, Nasugbu Batangas. It is also becoming a popular bonding place that is close to nature for families and friends.

caleruega retreat center

What is Caleruega?

Caleruega was founded in the year 1995 as a Retreat Center administered by the Fathers and Brothers of the Dominican Province of the Philippines.  It continues to be a popular venue for retreats up to the present time. Its only “competition”, if it could be termed as such is the popularity of its own Transfiguration Chapel as a wedding venue.

It enjoys the cool breeze that is often the advantage of elevated places. As such, Caleruega has also been discovered as a nature-tripping area where families and friends can enjoy each other’s company against the backdrop of nature at its best. “Close to Nature, Closer to God” is a very apt greeting found on the grounds of Caleruega.

caleruega hill

My First Visit to Caleruega

I have been hearing about Caleruega long before I first set my eyes on it. Just a couple of months after I gave birth to my youngest child in 2004 , my family was invited to attend the wedding of my husband’s cousin in Caleruega. When my father-in-law (beside me in the photo below) was alive, he always requested all his children to make time for any family occasion together with their respective families. So when I came together with my then two-month old child to that wedding, it was just as expected by everyone of us. I just made sure that my child was bundled up quite well as it was a very windy day. The practice of being present as a family in any occasion is a practice we have retained together with the siblings of my husband and their respective families.

first visit

My Recent Visit to Caleruega

I had the opportunity to come back to Caleruega together with my own family. We just wanted to be in a place where we can relax and take the children away from their gadgets. We found what we were looking for and more.

family at caleruega

A visit to Caleruega will allow people to see the Transfiguration Chapel where the weddings are held, the ethnic interpretation of The Way of the Cross, the Koi Pond, the Camp Site and Picnic Grounds, the Hanging Bridge,and the Tent Chapel, among others. The long walk to the Tent Chapel was quite a challenge but it was definitely worth it. Our only regret was that we didn’t bring any food with us which could have allowed us to stay longer. After enjoying the beautiful scenery for some time, the younger kids started to ask for food so we had no choice but to descend to our way back.

caleruega koi pond & bridge

Entrance fee: P30.00

Caleruega is a two-hour drive from Metro Manila, accessible via Tagaytay City. After making a right to Nasugbu until the welcome arch, vehicles can turn left to Evercrest Golf Club.  Those who intend to come by public transportation such as a bus going to  Nasugbu, Balayan, or Calatagan can take a tricycle from Evercrest or choose to be more adventurous by walking the 2 km road to Caleruega.

caleruega church

My Say

I enjoyed my two visits to Caleruega both for a wedding and a simple bonding time with my family. The place is nothing short of enchanting although the road leading to it was quite rough and we were stopped along the way many times by children asking for coins particularly during my last visit. It is very easy to understand why it is a popular wedding venue but marrying couples should consider providing or at the very least facilitate transportation and lodging arrangements for guests. I am not exactly sure if the Tent Chapel which provides a spectacular view, is used for weddings although I can just imagine the great difficulty if a couple actually chooses to do so instead of using the Transfiguration Chapel. Caleruega offers the most suitable picnic grounds but it is better to bring food so that young children will be  contented.

Will I come back to Caleruega? Given the chance, I would, although I would really like to use my next visit in the Retreat House. Silence is beautiful sometimes and it can be found in Caleruega.

 

 

73 Comment

  1. You’re right, its hard not to fall in love with the place. The church is indeed beautiful! I just remember I used to (college) plan things about going to someplace where I can meditate but it never happened. But because of this post I am now looking forward to doing that thing and making it happen. 🙂

  2. Sounds like a perfect place if you want some time alone for yourself where it’s peaceful and quiet. Sometimes we owe it to ourselves. Everything seems full of chaos in the world and I can see from the photographs and from your description of the place that Caleruega can offer momentary serenity to unwind, relax and just simply to reflect.

  3. a couple of weeks ago, my senior Pastor asked me and some other church pillars if we know certain place where we can hold our annual general church meeting. I told him I have read a post from a writer ( that’s you) about a nice place to hold retreat. Pag-uusapan na lang daw namin in a separate meeting. Hope magustuhan nila. shared ko nga ang post na ito back then.

  4. I miss going to retreat houses. When I was still in college, twice a year kami nagre-retreat. These days, wala na masyadong time. I want to cancel my weekend plans one of these days so I can go to a retreat place as solemn as Caleruega.

  5. …”closer to nature closer to God…truly love the sound of that…I have yet to visit the place and I am sure from your description, being the lover of peaceful, holy places I will have a grand time there…thanks for the reminder to bring food…the hanging bridge makes me giddy here 🙂 have a wonderful week 🙂 In another life…I would love to get married right there where silence is beautiful…

  6. We haven’t been to Caleruega yet, but the serenity and beauty of the place is something we would like to experience as a family. I’ll include this in our list of must-see places.

  7. The very first time I went there was during my friends’ wedding and I didn’t get the chance to go around the area since it was raining and I was wearing high heels! But I like the serenity of the place nga. Pero I hope inayos na nila daan papunta sa church kase sobra ang lubak at ang lalalim. But I must say it will be all worth it.

  8. Nice place to visit! If given a chance, I would love to visit Caleruega after staying at Tagaytay and I love a place that has cool breeze! This is a place that I will conquer.. soon! 😀

  9. If the place is famous for weddings and retreats then I’m pretty sure that it’s perfect for a quality time with loved ones as well. I would love to visit the place real soon.

  10. Whenever, wherever we are close to nature… we feel high-spirited. The place’s tranquil atmosphere is perfect for intimate events that will bring lasting memories.

  11. I’ve never been to Calaruega though I’ve visited Tagaytay several times already. I hope there would be an opportunity to go there soon.

  12. haven’t been to this place! would love to visit and go see all the photos you’ve posted above! specially do the camping!! it would be a nice camping and nice hanging bridge too!

  13. I may not have set foot on Calaruega just yet. But I’ve always dreamt of having my future wedding there. The look of the chapel from friends photos already swept me away. Hopefully, I get to visit the church and even try the retreat house even before I get married. 🙂

  14. Some celebrity couples got married there that’s why the place has some recall although I haven’t been there, it would be a nice and quick place to consider next that is close to nature and will be worth a weekend to spend with my family.

  15. I’d say both visit had been different, but still holds true to the purpose of the place..
    As such, I think I can drop by when I could visit Batulao the next time..
    I think there’s a good mountain to hike in here..
    So Caleruega would be such a great side trip to relax.

  16. Wow it seems that there are more and more wedding and prenup location to be found in Tagaytay. With those awesome pictures at Caleruega, couples to be married soon can decide to take a shot here. 🙂

    1. I fancy those places where silence is golden, and where you can hear only the drips of water from the falls — in the case of Caleruega, the mini fountain.

    2. As I’ve mentioned in the post, Caleruega is not located in Tagaytay but is very close to it thus the common confusion. Tagaytay holds a certain attraction for weddings because of accessibility, natural beauty, and the agreeable climate.

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