Caleruega

Satellite image of Caleruega in Nasugbu, Batangas

One of the crazily popular wedding venues near Metro Manila is Caleruega (Facebook page), specifically the Chapel of the Transfiguration whose facade (shown below) is a favorite among wedding photographers. (It’s also possible that they’re sick and tired of taking a photo this chapel already. Hehehe.)

The picturesque facade of the Transfiguration Chapel of Caleruega. © Jojo Nicdao (CC)

Caleruega is actually a retreat center run by the Dominicans located in the eastern end Nasugbu, Batangas and is often mistaken as part of Tagaytay because of its proximity to the tourist city. The name was taken from the town of Caleruega in Spain which was the birthplace of St. Dominic, the founder of the Dominican Order.

The retreat center also features Spanish architecture meant to evoke the feel of Spanish Caleruega. I’ve also read that the facade of the chapel is a replica of the one found in Spain but I have not been able to find a photo of the Spanish chapel to verify if this is indeed true. (Google Maps Street View and Google Image Search do not reveal any similar looking chapel in Caleruega, Spain when I last looked.)

“Closer to nature, closer to God” is the motto of Caleruega and it definitely features a lot of nature in order to provide a peaceful, somber, and solemn atmosphere. While primarily known as a wedding venue, Caleruega, as I mentioned, is first and foremost a retreat center and so there are dormitories (the Catalina Hall for women, and Tomasino Hall for men) and cottages, and various conference rooms (the Veritas Hall, Tuktok Hall, and Gazekubo) for holding seminars and retreats. For team-building activities, there is also the nearby Kampo Arriba. There are also small parks, plazas, chapels, and a cafe at the site.

If you want to learn more and see more pictures of Caleruega, I’ve found these two blog posts to be quite informative.

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March 19, 2014
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