Once Upon a Caleruega

Caleruega: Once Upon An Afternoon...

Ever wonder how it feels like to walk to the altar in your beautiful wedding gown?

Just a little ride away off Tagaytay City, there is a church on the hill that’s a favorite among wedding photographers, and couples who are thinking of tying the knot.

This church is said to be named after a small town in Castille-Leon, Spain  —  the TRANSFIGURATION CHAPEL OF CALERUEGA in Nasugbu, Batangas/Tagaytay City.


Transfiguration since its roof that’s hut-shaped is in “remembrance of the temporary sheds that the apostles” apparently “wanted to build for Jesus, Moses, and Elijah during the transfiguration.” Transfiguration, of course, is Biblical, mentioned in the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and Peter. It was that day when Jesus transfigured and became “radiant on a mountain with bright rays of light.”

The church is unfamiliar to me. I’ve never heard of it even if I was told actors and actresses, and some famous people have gotten married, or spent time retreating there. That’s perhaps because I’m not Catholic, and that Miag-ao Church in the Visayas tops my bucket list.

But the Caleruega trip, I must say, was a welcome interlude 🙂 I had fun with my siblings at World ShutterZ Avenue ( Traveling is really more fun in the Philippines when you do it with wonderful people who enjoy the same interest with you.

Caleruega has a garden that’s so lovely and vibrant with different kinds of ornamental plants  that go along the footpath to the chapel on the promontory. There are also towering pine trees that I found so enjoyable since they are good protection from the hurtful sun.

The little chapel is so wonderful with its glass stained windows behind the altar. It can only accommodate a handful of people, which means any wedding there is really a close-knit family affair.