Caleruega Church

Kaylaway, Nasugbu, Batangas

Caleruega Church
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Category:
Historical Site
Phone
+63464323289

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Aileen L.
5.0 Stars
7

Caleruega, closer to Nature, Closer to God.127811128591

This is our 3rd stop of our summer trip last June 2 before going to Pico De Loro. I decided to tell our driver to bring us here so I can give thanks to him after I had my successful operation last May.

Caleruega was named after the birthplace St. Dominic de Guzman, father of the Order of Preachers. Silence , solitude , harmony , the majesty of creation , the freedom of Light, and the passion to share God’s Word- this is Caleruega; the seedbed of preachers , the cornerstone of spiritual inspiration. Come , walk in His Presence .

They offer retreats and recollection , leadership and team building campus , prayer and renewal workshops , marriage and family encounters , weddings and receptions , art music , liturgy and care for creation workshops .

The place was very solemn , you will enjoy the beautiful scenery once your up there 128525 it is a haven, a home , a sanctuary amidst the beauty of nature where pilgrims are open to prayer , creative transformation and Gospel values 128591

There is an entrance fee around 35 pesos .
Located at Batulao Nasugbu Batangas. You’ll be experiencing a rocky road but it’s worth a trip ! 128656

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Patrick U.
5.0 Stars
6

Two of my friends got married here and the place was impressive! It's a bit of a workout if you're coming up from the fountain but it's worth it. The greenery is beautiful and so is the church itself. Regardless of its size, it still looks terrific! The location is remote and stress-free!

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Jaja R.
5.0 Stars
6

Caleruega Church is located in Nasugbu, Batangas. You will pss by Chapel by The Hill before reaching this church.

This is one of the famous venue for wedding ceremony in the South. It gives you a perfect backdrop of nature and that solemn ambiance of a matrimony. It is also a Retreat Center so you may choose to stay here for some moments of reflection.

I am sure that many answered prayers have happened in this beautiful church..

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Justin R.
4.0 Stars
7

Photos Captured during the event.

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Justin R.
4.0 Stars

An events place in the South.
A church.
A wedding place.
A retreat house.
It is a great place for events. I simply like places with some nature vibe.

The sunset greatly adds up to the scene so best to wait for it before you go home with the gang.

Budget is around P15,000 to 50,000.00 if you want to have an event in this place .

They also have rooms for overnight stay from P1,000.00 to P2,000.00 per person

Or you can connect with them through
caleruega_philippines@yahoo.com
09212709890

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Foodcrawl P.
5.0 Stars
4

Traffic gets more unpredictable and it piles up in any day of the week. The influx is worse during weekends especially every payday and during long holidays. Slowdown of vehicles becomes more terrible but places like this makes all the traffic bearable. It took us 4 long hours from Manila to reach Batangas. Usual travel time is from 2-3hours.

I spent years in Dominican College Sta. Rosa and annually we celebrate St. Dominic’s feast day. It is always mentioned that Calaruega is a small town in Spain where our patron Saint was born. The simplistic architecture is derived from the spanish colonial.

Enter the building in the entrance gate and walk towards the garden stairs leading to the scenic Chapel. It is indeed a visual spectacle. The chapel has been a popular venue for private weddings with rates ranging from P15,000-20,000 depending on the season.

Holy Mass is open for public every Sunday at 11:00 in the morning.

Calaruega is not merely a solemn place of prayer but a destination to unwind. The other side of the fountain is a long stretch of road for the Station of the Cross. It is filled with blooming flowers and the picnic grounds is located downhill where people can rest. There are different sights to see. Families will find peace in the manmade falls, koi ponds, and hanging bridge. The entrance fee of P30 per head collected upon reaching Calaruega is for the maintenance of the entire property.

The location is easily reachable. From Tagaytay-Nasugbu Hi-way facing south, turn left at Batulao Road. Chapel is 1.5km from the Hi-way. Roads are rough but the view is simply breathtaking. There is a parking fee of P40 paid directly to the attendant. You can also travel to Calaruega through Nasugbu-bound buses and take a tricycle from the main road.

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Julie L.
4.0 Stars
3

Some parts were dirty road so make sure to you bring a good sturdy vehicle.

A bit small but it's still beautiful. Can only fit a number of people inside. Get ready to walk before reaching it, pathway was worth it.

For visitors, entrance fee Php30.

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Annechile S.
5.0 Stars
7

One of the most beautiful churches in the Philippines. The whole place is just awesome!

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Daylight M.
5.0 Stars
2

it was a fine sunday afternoon, that cold weather then it drizzled..
this holy place calms me down, thank you! 128591🏻

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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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Nievs G.
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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