DATE OF TRAVEL: April 09, 2007
WHY YOU SHOULD GO:
1. Because even though you are not a “believer”, the whole place offers a spectacular view of Batangas and gives you a feeling of serenity and peace.
2. Because the Transfiguration Chapel's symbolisms are cool. For one, the façade of the Trasnfiguration Chapel is a replica of the original chapel in Caleruega, Spain. The hut-shaped roof is designed in remembrance of the temporary sheds that the apostles wanted to build for Jesus, Moses and Elijah during the transfiguration. The seven grapevines entwined in the doors symbolize the seven sacraments and portray Jesus as the vine. The main altar is a carved tree trunk representing the “stem of Jesse”, wherein a fruit will spring from its stem and bear fruit. And many more.
FEES: Entrance is free. Parking is P30.
Caleruega is a house of prayer and renewal. It usually houses retreats, recollections, prayer workshops, youth camps, family encounter celebrations, leadership seminars, liturgy workshops, art, music and environment and agriculture-related activities. One can also go there for a day trip. Anybody is welcome to roam around Caleruega for some peace and quiet.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Brgy. Kaylaway, Batulao,
From Manila: (via South Superhighway)
1. Take Sta. Rosa exit
2. Proceed towards Tagaytay Market
3. Turn right at Rotonda
4. Turn left at the Evercrest Hotel
5. Follow the small signs that lead you to Caleruega
Public Transportation from Manila:
1. Go to BLTB or CROW Bus Terminal along EDSA.
2. When in Pasay already, board buses that go to any of these destinations: Nasugbu, Balayan or Calatagan.
3. Get off at Evercrest, Batulao, Nasugbu, Batangas
4. Ride a trike or begin your 2 kilometer hike towards Caleruega.
HELPFUL LINKS: http://www.dominicans.ph/caleruega/index/index.htm