I’ve been to several retreat houses, but Caleruega is the best by far. After a sumptuous lunch at a bulaluhan in Tagaytay, we drove farther to Nasugbu, Batangas to visit the Caleruega Retreat Center.
Other than retreats and recollections, it also hosts team building camps, art, music, and liturgy creation workshops, marriage and family encounters, and of course, weddings and receptions.
As usual, because I was so bummed and burnt out from work that time we went, the trip gave me my much-needed boost. The rustic and vintage architecture just added so much more beauty and solace to the natural landscape. Each corner was perfect for reflection and introspection. The pure greens, fresh air, and cool breeze refresh you from all the burden that you’re carrying. It was the perfect time to breathe especially because I was exhausted from taking in dust from concrete.
My cousin Mai always uses the #natureneedsnofilter on Instagram. Indeed, it doesn’t. Yes, I am honestly easy to please, but it’s definitely better than being otherwise. The photos are mostly from my cousin Bryan’s Ipad. My brain concentrated on getting all the oxygen to my lungs that it forgot to remind my hands to take more photos. The ones without our faces are my shots. Lol. I will let the pictures speak for themselves.
For an entrance fee of P40, you get a closer look at nature. You can have a good look at Mt. Batulao when you get to the top of the hill too. Ah, I can spend hours staring at each leaf and flower, listening to the howling wind, rustling leaves, and chirping birds, and floundering in solitude.
This excerpt from their pamphlet perfectly describes the place:
Caleruega celebrates the priceless gift of life and its Giver. Here, the lost soul finds direction; the weary traveler is shown the Way. Every tree, flower, and bring is a testament to God’s splendor and power.
Include Caleruega to your Tagaytay itinerary. It’s not that far, anyway. Thanks, Ng Mai for taking us there.
Caleruega is located at the
House of St. Mary Magdalene,
Batulao, Nasugbu, Batangas
Tel. No. 09212709890/09218304226
Operating Hours: 8:00am – 5:00pm daily