So I took my friends (Charitie and Rose) to Caleruega. in Nasugbu,Batangas. It’s a two to three-hour bus ride from Manila. We boarded a Nasugbu-bound bus in the Pasay terminal (by the MRT taft station, north-bound side) at 11am and arrived in Hill Crest by 2pm. We got caught by traffic in Cavite, thus it took us 3 hours. When I went there for my first solo trip in 2015 (actually same week as this year), it only took me I guess 2 hours from Coastal Mall to Hill Crest.
So there, so much about travel time.
Caleruega is popularly known for wedding venues. Once you see the place and visit the Caleruega Church, you’ll know why it’s so popular. Charitie and Rose fell in love with the place in an instant!
How to Get There..
During my first trip to Caleruega, I mentioned that you may board a Nasugbu-bound bus in Coastal Mall. However, last weekend, when we went there (believing in good faith that those buses still park there) and we were told that Nasugbu buses come rare in Coastal Mall. We waited for a couple of minutes hoping that a bus would arrive, but no. We also thought that may be the buses returning from Batangas just caught in traffic so they may take few minutes to arrive. Finally, we decided to just go back North bound and get off MRT Taft. There is a bus terminal by the MRT station, at the back of the Dunkin Donuts shop.
We boarded the Batman Starexpress bound to Nasugbu. Fare going to Hill Crest (ticket will show Batulao as destination) is Php 106 but in 2015 it was only Php101 (buti pa ang pamasahe, nagmamahal!).
We arrived in Hill Crest (formerly, Evercrest) after 3 hours in the bus (reading, sleeping, thinking, watching what’s on TV, then sleeping again). From Hill Crest, you may opt to walk (exercise) 2 kms to Caleruega, or commission a tricycle opposite Hill Crest. Upon getting off the bus, you will see tricycles waiting for passengers. Just tell them that you’re going to Caleruega. You may also text them to pick you up from Caleruega once you’re done. Fare is Php 20 per head.
Upon entering Caleruega, visitors would have to pay an entrance fee of Php 30 per head. You will also be given a leaflet that has information about Caleruega (vision, mission, map of the whole place, etc).
A few steps from the entrance, pass through a door at your left. The restroom is right behind that door. The door also leads you to the grand staircase.
There is a passage by the side of this staircase that will lead you to the retreat houses and the Church.
And this is the Caleruega Church..
When I went here for the first time in 2015, I wasn’t able to go inside the church as there was an ongoing Wedding. This time, well again there was a wedding but by the time we reached the church the bride and groom just got out of the church so we just waited until everyone of them has gone out to the reception. And finally, for the first time, I was able to see how the Church looks inside.
If you haven’t been to this Church, you’ll be surprised to see that despite it’s seemingly big structure, it was actually just a small church inside. Really good for small and intimate weddings where really close friends and families are invited.
I’m sorry I do not have a decent picture of the interior of the church. There were a lot of people already when we were about to go out of the church taking pictures as well and I found it difficult to find point from where I can take a good view.
Caleruega also offers the following:
– Retreats and recollections
– Leadership and team building camps
– Prayer and renewal workshops
– Marriage and family encounters
– Weddings and receptions
– Art, music, liturgy and Care for Creation workshops
We finished exploring the place after 3 hours and then texted kuya manong to pick us up. I will never get tired of going here again and again. A place where you can be closer to nature and to God. 🙂
Batulao, Nasugbu, Batangas
Contact Nos.: +63 921 270-9890, +63 921 830-4226
Office Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily