If you could fall in love with a place, then you can say, I fell in love with Caleruega once again. The hubby and I had the chance to visit it for an overnight stay on February 11 to February 12, 2010. It’s been a year since our last visit and I was as excited as the first time that we did. We left the house at 4:30 in the morning and arrived at the place at exactly 7:15am after about twenty minutes of pit stop at Jollibee and a brief visit to Mushroom Burger House in Tagaytay City to buy, what else, but their specialty, mushroom burger. A trip to Tagaytay would not be complete without it. My, my, the road from Tagaytay to Nasugbu was too foggy. We thought at first there was a fire but when I tried to open the window , the cold breeze hit my face.
It’s been a while since I have seen a fog that thick. I rarely see that kind of scenery here in the city, not even in the coldest months.
I must tell you about the room that we were assigned to, because just like the place, I fell in love with it. Mababaw lang talaga ang kaligayahan ko. The cottage is called Pahingalayan, an exclusive place away from the main structures and cottages. A close friend, Lovell, who conducts retreats there for the whole month of February booked the room for us the day before. He told me that they use it sometime for guest priests. He said that it was coined from the two root word pahinga which means rest and ngalay (tired), so it is really a resting place for tired feet. It has two single beds, an extra sofa bed, a dining table with four chairs and a kitchenette that has a small ref, an oven toaster, airpot and kitchen utensils for dining. the door and window were made of antique colored glass that reflects the light from outside.
Lovell introduced us to the retreatants from their school at Colegio de San Juan de Letran-Calamba. The place was jampacked with students from two other universities one of which was UST (Faculty of Arts and Letters). We were invited to join the students of Letran to attend the 5:30pm mass with their rector, Fr. Castigador as mass presider. I appreciate it more today than when we last came here because I got to know why some certain structures of the place were designed that way. The arresting staircase alone has a meaning. According to Lovell, it represents the start of life, the womb, so to speak. If you are not too observant, you won’t notice the shape of four pineapples incorporated at the main building. It just means that the main crop being maintained in that area is pineapple. The rest of the day was spent taking shots of the vast gardens, sharing with Lovell, and trekking at the hills of Caleruega. It is a place worth revisiting and a day worth remembering.
Here are more shots of the place.