The Transfiguration Chapel of Caleruega, more known simply as Caleruega, a “house of prayer and renewal” located at Batulao in Nasugbu, Batangas. Run by the Dominican Order of Preachers, a religious group that operates schools and universities, Caleruega is more than the chapel and has facilities and amenities that can be used for retreats, recollections, seminars, workshops, and of course, weddings.
Two main features – the hut-shaped roof and the stained glass design beyond the main altar – all point to the Transfiguration of Jesus, from whence the chapel got its name. The rest of the structure is also abounding with symbols, from the steel doors designed with seven grapevines, symbolizing the 7 sacraments as well as the fact that Jesus is the vine and the people are the branches; to the carved tree trunk representing the “stem of Jesse” as described in the book of Isaiah; to the tabernacle that depicts the burning bush; and to birds carved on the communion table reminding all that God provides.
Beautiful European-inspired architecture, cobblestone or brick steps, cool breeze, set on a hilltop, with a fantastic view of Mt. Batulao as well as the hillocks of Tuy and Nasugbu – and the words “picturesque”, “solemn”, “quiet”, and “breathtaking” come to mind.
A solemn place to visit. I will definitely go back here! You will never feel the distance specially if you are walking with your friends or Family.
Caleruega is a two-hour drive from Metro Manila, accessible via Tagaytay City where one makes a right to Nasugbu, then, after the Nasugbu welcome arch, left to Evercrest Golf Club. Note, though, that the road is still a bit rough. The couple should also consider their guests’ transportation and lodging, as well as footwear for that walk from the parking lot to the chapel.
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