Caleruega Church

Kaylaway, Nasugbu, Batangas

Caleruega Church
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Historical Site
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Jacque B.
5.0 Stars
10

I scheduled a day in Tagaytay with my 2 girlfriends; girl's day out kung baga.

We planned to visit Calaruega Church coz a friend recommended this place to us and there's a filipino movie starring Sharon C. and Richard G. that was shot in this church.

The Church itself is small, in a way good for intimate wedding ceremony with long tiled walkway outside the church, perfect for bride's extended walk path to add a little drama/effects. My 2 friends actually thought of having their renewal of vow for their 25th wedding anniversary in this church.

We roam around the place, there are some spots where you can have a good view of Mt. Batulao and the greenfields. The prayer tent is too high, literally on top of the hill; perfect place for meditation.

Aside from the popular church, this place is also known as a retreat house.

Warning: Road going to this place is a bit rough.

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Denise A.
5.0 Stars
8

Caleruega Church situated at Batulao, Nasugbu Batangas is probably one of the most beautiful churches i've been to.

If you plan on going to Tagaytay for a day tour, might as well drop by this church. It's situated boundary of Tagaytay and Batangas that's why it always brings confusion among tourist on where exactly it is located but it really is part of Batangas City. It's around 30min. Drive from the main Tagaytay City. You'll pass by a rough road on the way but it'll be totally worth it once you get to the Transfiguration.

Caleruega is also a retreat place. Aside from the church they also have other activities and sight seeing you can do around the area. (I plan to do this when I get back to Tagaytay sometime in the future cause I only went here for work, to shoot a wedding so I wasn't really able to roam around the area).

Caleruega's name is inspired from a town in Spain, it quite resembles in structure but it definitely has it's own identity here in Batangas. Aside from the picturesque design of the church which makes it a very good photo backdrop, once you step inside the chapel you'll feel the solemnity and holiness of the space. The stained glass gave me chills and the altar makes me dream of getting married here in the future. It was so magnificent. It's also super quiet, you can hear the birds chirp outside, the sounds of the crickets, even the gush of the winds against the leaves. This is a perfect place for meditation. Just when you want to have peace and feel closer to God.

There's also an area which has one of the BEST SUNSET view i've ever seen with a view of Mt Batulao just a few steps down from the Chapel. A lot of tourists take photo ops here because of the magestic backdrop! You'll surely enjoy taking photos here nonstop.

No wonder a lot of couples include this on their wishlist of places to get married to. It's just the perfect place to celebrate love!

TIP:
I feel like commuting here is not a good option as riding a tricycle would cost you P60 one way plus the stressful rough road you have to go through. The location is already rural and quite distant from the main city so it's either you stay here for a night cause they have cottages here or visit during the day.

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Ruth D.
5.0 Stars

I attended a very lovely wedding here just last week. The structural design is effortlessly beautiful in its simplicity and there was no need for extravagant flower arrangements. This modest church is perfect for intimate weddings. During summer though, despite its location, do not expect that you will experience the cool breeze. It can get really hot inside the church and there’s not enough fans to aid in ventilation. I’m just not sure if clients can request for fans or if they can supply their own.

Aside from being able to have wedding ceremonies here, the wedding reception can also be held in the same compound, in what they call Plaza de Aza. So that’s pretty convenient.

The entire place just feels very serene. If you are looking for a place for meditation, they also have an area for their retreat house(s).

There are cons though if you want to pay a visit. The road leading to Caleruega is not paved. You will have to drive really slowly and carefully to get there safely. They have limited secure parking spaces. The parking area inside their compound is reserved for wedding guests. I am not sure though if they open it to the public if there is no scheduled wedding. There are, however, parking spaces in the neighboring lots owned by the residents in the area. Just prepare yourself for these drawbacks and your visit will be perfect.

P.S. There’s an entrance fee for those not attending a wedding. I just didn’t see how much.

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Eric N.
5.0 Stars

Caleruega is actually a town in Spain, the birthplace of St. Dominic de Guzman, father of the Order of Preachers. And since the Filipino Dominicans wanted to honor the legacy of their founder, they named the whole complex "Caleruega".

Upon entry, the Cenaculum is the very first structure that one will greet you. This is also the gateway to the Chapel of Transfiguration and to the retreat center accommodations. And much like the town in Spain, the structure hints of the Spanish Renaissance style, from the balustrade, to the floors, to the light fixtures.

Walking on to the nearby buildings and halls, one has a sense of being in a Spanish town.

At the highest point of Caleruega is the Chapel of the Transfiguration, or more commonly known as Caleruega Church.

The sculpture "Thy Will be Done" by Baguio artist Ben-Hur Villanueva in 1996, greets visitors outside the chapel.

Designed by Yolanda Reyes, a UST Dean of Architecture, the church is filled with numerous symbols referring to teachings of the Catholic faith or events in the Bible -- the steel doors designed with seven grapevines symbolize the 7 sacraments, the tabernacle depicts the burning bush.

Beautiful Spanish-inspired architecture, lush landscaping and outdoor décor, fantastic views of Mt. Batulao, the cool breeze. It’s no wonder that Caleruega Church is a popular choice for weddings.

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Amyxal V.
5.0 Stars

996299709925127794127804127801128525128109 My friend and I just wanted to escape the summer heat so we decided to have a getaway in Tagaytay.

It was my first time at Caleruega. However, we couldn't go inside the church because there was a wedding ceremony going on. But we explored the gardens -- everything we looked was beautiful! We also checked out the koi pond and the hanging bridge, as well as the courtyard with a fountain.

My friend and I ascended to some inclined terrain there where we went to just lie on the grass, enjoying the cool breeze.

The church grounds overlooked the rolling hills, which looked fantastic!

We want to return there probably next month (well, anywhere in Tagaytay, actually). Especially when the heat becomes too punishing. (Not really a summer person, hehe)

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Jill B.
4.0 Stars

Too tiring to go all over the place due to the ups and downs of the walk way but worth the visit. Hope to get married here in the future hehehe.

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Ruth S.
5.0 Stars

Ahhhh weddings!! 128112🏼10084
The location,
The weather,
The Church, though small..
Is super beautiful. 128525128525128525
Perfect for small and intimate weddings. 128076🏼

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Kirstie Mel V.
5.0 Stars

I still have this in my options of churches for my wedding.

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April H.
5.0 Stars

If you are looking for something to do or someplace to go in the Tagaytay/Batangas area, go to Calaruega Church... It's the site of many picturesque weddings and a beautiful and peaceful place to meditate... The beautiful brick church sits atop a small hill, making it visible from afar... The trees flank the entrance on both sides and you see a manicured lawn in front... All of which serves to make the church the focal point...

I have been here many times, once for Visita Iglesia... But I will never get tired of it's beauty and serenity... The church against the background of Taal Volcano is breathtaking... That, with the breeze, and the quiet atmosphere, really makes it perfect for a spiritual retreat...

Did you know that there is actually a retreat house in the same compound? I arranged the retreat of our internship batch here a couple of years back, as one of my responsibilities as the PRO... The arrangements for the retreat were easy to make, because everybody was accomodating and a breeze to talk to... We stayed for 3 days and 2 nights, utilizing the conference rooms for our activities, the dorm type rooms for sleeping, and the grounds during our whole stay... We also had the food catered by the place and the food was pretty good... The view was absolutely peaceful and conducive for meditating... They didn't have hot water though, so shower fast!!!128514128514128514

We had a bonfire on our second night and we tried scaring each other on the grounds... We had several pictures at the church during daytime and at night, but this one shows my entire internship batch... We had a great time overall! A much needed break from the busy med lifestyle...128525

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Migs C.
3.0 Stars

I have a photo of the church but this looks so much better than that.

Congrats to this couple (I have no idea who they are) but I personally wouldn't want to get married here. I can imagine the hassle getting past the main building and running up so many stairs. It can be chaotic looking for your entourage, or for anyone wearing heels. It's quite malamok na rin at dusk... So noooo, thanks.

But it's a beautiful church. A bit of rough road coming here but nothing you can't manage if you drive carefully enough.

P30 entrance fee.

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Evelyn B.
5.0 Stars

If your looking for a place for visita iglesia i recommend this because this is where you can find peace and serenity.

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Aiza A.
5.0 Stars

One of my favorite churches! This beautiful European-inspired chapel is set on a hilltop which made it an instant favorite location for weddings. They said that parts of the structure represent different symbols--from the hut-shaped roof to the steel doors down to the carved tree trunk, everything depicts something. I personally admire the solemnness of the chapel. If im not mistaken, it can only accommodate 150 people or less. Nonetheless, the place can leave anyone in awe.

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Ainna Bianea T.
5.0 Stars

visited caleruega church last holiday with my boyf, and i'm so amaze with their beautiful and peaceful place plus their vintage ambiance and the fresh air... too bad we got there about quarter to 5:30pm and they will be closed at 6pm so we haven't got the chance to see everything 128557128557 bc of my last review about the bag of beans that's why we're late yah sinisisi ko sila!! haha 128557128557128148 anyways everything is worth it especially when me and my boyf travels together hahaa..

and... you need to pay 30pesos for the entrance fee..
worth the drive, pagod and money... 1008410084

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Anne M.
5.0 Stars

A perfect place to reflect & pray. The place is sooo beautiful, it's like you're not in the Philippines =D I've only seen this in pictures but being there personally brings a feeling of fulfillment & peace. Aside from the church itself, the surrounding is full of trees, plants, different flowers and orchids. The cool breeze surrounded by nature brings this place a relaxed, cold, religious feels. Thank you for letting me see this beauty.

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Raisa Z.
5.0 Stars

Before graduation, retreat is a must!

Caleruega was beautiful! I love how they were able to maintain a well-kept garden. The place was sooo huge. Many churches can be found inside the vicinity. They also have a bonfire area which is one of my fave during retreat.

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Erycka S.
5.0 Stars

There's an entrance fee of 30/person.

Wasn't able to enter the church because a wedding is about to start.

The place's very peaceful. Retreats are really prefect to be held here.

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