Rounding up the “Tagaytay Trio” (Sonya’s Garden and Antonio’s Restaurant) is Caleruega (link: https://www.facebook.com/Caleruega-Philippines-297176393659680/), a retreat place which houses the Transfiguration Chapel, a favorite venue for intimate weddings.
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Owned by the Dominican Order of Preachers, Caleruega is named after a town in Castile-Leon, Spain, where Saint Dominic (founder of the aforementioned Dominican order) was born. It is not situated in the Tagaytay City proper; rather, it is found just around the border of Cavite and Batangas. It is, however, just a short 20 minute drive from Tagaytay.
Caleruega is ideal not only for weddings and retreats, but also for travelers who long for fresh air, a scenic view and a calming place perfect for rediscovering your spirituality and clearing the mind. It is an idyllic venue surrounded by nature’s beauty, and filled with flowering greens and trees in its well-maintained gardens.
Be prepared for much walking and stair climbing upon your visit, as the place is adapted to match the mountainous areas it occupies. They have various koi ponds, a hanging bridge, and a hill where kids (and kids-at-heart) can roam around freely. Weather can get pretty chilly, especially during “-ber” months, but I believe it only adds to that wonderful nature experience one wouldn’t otherwise experience in the city.
There is a minimal fee upon entrance, and if you’re just going there for a short day trip, there is no need for prior reservation.
About the author: Rouella is a regular contributor of Sweet Memoirs based in the Philippines. She aims to live a life of faith, learning, inspiration and gratitude. A nurse by profession, she juggles her time between work, school, advocacy, arts and recreational activities. She shares her wonderful finds on her lifestyle blog.