Caleruega is a a known place in Batangas for recreational and retreat activities while being closer to nature. Check out this post to know how to get to Caleruega Church from Manila via commute.
On my 25th birthday, I took a leave from work and went to Caleruega Church to celebrate–all on my own. Sagada was my first choice. But the past stormy days have hinted that I can’t pursue going up north because of the weather. And so, with a few research here and there, and a couple of questions to friends who already went there via private vehicle, I mustered all my might to brave the stormy weather and go there.
This is how to get to Caleruega Church from Manila via commute:
- Ride a bus bound to Nasugbu, Batangas from Pasay. Estimated travel time is two and a half hours.
- Tell the driver to drop you off in Evercrest Country Club. If you have been to Mt. Batulao and Chapel on the Hill, this is the same drop off point.
- From there, ride a tricycle going to Caleruega Church. Travel time is 5 minutes.
If you want to know about the directions from Manila to Caleruega Church via private vehicle, check out my friend’s post in this link.
What to See in Caleruega
There is a long list of what to see in Caleruega. Exploring this place is more enjoyed when you are with your loved ones—be it family, significant other, or friends. As for me, I tried roaming around it alone—on my birthday that is—and I promise to bring a loved one there sometime.
What I enjoyed the most was the Koi pond and its walkways, leading to the hanging bridge. When you cross the hanging bridge, you will be led to the Tent Chapel of Transifiguration, which requires a long walk.
It was also nice walking along the Koi pond’s walkway while being shaded with trees. When I went there on a weekday, there are only few people who are visiting the area (maybe because the weather is not that good also). There is also an ongoing wedding in Caleruega Church. I advise you go there in the morning so you can still enter the church and pray.
Here is a list of Caleruega amenities and sights to see:
Plaza de Aza’s open space and roofdeck
Tuktok and its charming gazebos
Garden Cafe’s refreshing delights (I am not sure if this is still operating as this was not open when I went there)
The plant nursery’s seedlings for sale
Lettuce greenhouse’ freshest greens
Shop of Delights for Caleruega mementos
Tent Chapel of Transfiguration
The Dominican’’s grand stairway
St. Dominic’s Point
Manaoag Drive Via Crusis
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
“Thy Will Be Done” Sculpture
Koi pond and its walkways
Kampo Terraces and Amphitheater
Worm Farm/ compost production
How to get to Tagaytay from Caleruega Church
From Evercrest Golf and Country Club, ride a bus bound to Manila and tell the driver to drop you off in Tagaytay.
My Sample Itinerary
6am Go to Pasay Terminal
6:am – 8:30am Travel to Evercrest Golf and Country Club via Nasugbu-bound bus
8:30am ETA in Evercrest Golf and Country Club
8:30 – 8:35am Travel from drop-off point to Caleruega Church
8:35am – 12:00pm Explore Caleruege Church and Retreat House
12:00pm- 12:05pm Go back to drop-off point
12:05pm- 1:00pm Travel to Tagaytay for lunch
Php 111- Bus bound to Batangas
Php 100- Tricycle (back and forth)
Php 30- Caleruega Church Entrance Fee
Do you have other options on how to get to Caleruega Church from Manila via commute that has not been shared in this post? Let me know in the comments below!