Archive for February 13th, 2010

It is the highest point at Caleruega. It is the favorite place for weddings.   The first time we came here, we witnessed two and the other day,  there was also an early afternoon wedding.  Of all the  landmarks at Caleruega, this is my favorite and the garden in front of it.

Let me quote what they have to say about this from the official website of Caleruega, Philippines.

“The chapel itself is replete with symbolism. Its façade is a reproduction of the original chapel in Caleruega, Spain. Its hut-shaped roof is in remembrance of the temporary sheds that the apostles wanted to build for Jesus, Moses, and Elijah during the transfiguration (Mt 17:1-8). The seal of the Dominican Province of the Philippines is depicted in stained glass in the upper portion of the chapel’s façade. The seven grapevines entwined in the steel doors of the chapel not only portray Jesus as the vine and we as branches (John 15:5), but also symbolize the seven sacraments. The main altar is a carved tree trunk representing the “stem of Jesse,” mentioned in the Book of the Prophet Isaiah: then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit (Is 11:1). The tabernacle is a gentle reminder of the burning bush through which God revealed Himself to Moses in Mt. Sinai (Ex 3:2). The birds carved on the communion table are representations of God’s providence in Matthew 6:26: Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap…and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. The stained glass depicts the Transfiguration of Jesus witnessed by Peter, John, and Luke. With Jesus are Moses and Elijah, two significant instruments of God in the Old Testament (Mat 17:3).”

Beautiful, isn’t it?

Notice the door’s intricate design….

The facade of the chapel, the light keeps it changing…..

Another view, with the Oblation clearly visible in front.

I love everything here, it was the first thing I visited when we arrived.

Love this angle, I think I am getting good at this..haha!

I like this best, a silhouette of the chapel with the clouds hovering above

The cobbled steps make it more quaint and antiquated but still beautiful…..

And the landscape is a wonder,  I wish I have all these in my own  garden.

Nearing sunset….

We got invited to attend this mass together with the graduating  engineering students of Colegio de San Juan de Letran-Calamba.

Took this while inside the car on our way back home……Au Revoir Caleruega!

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Our brief stay at Caleruega was marred by a little incident which turned out to be a positive thing in the end.  I lost the money in my pants’ pocket while we were exploring the place early morning of the first day amounting to  4k.  Hubby went back to Tuktok where we stayed the longest and he also asked the two waiters if they have seen folded five hundred peso bills while cleaning the refectory hall. Nobody did.   He came back to the cottage empty-handed. Although I was a little bit disappointed, I just said,

“If  they’ve seen it, they will return it or maybe, someone may be badly in need of cash than we are”.

We were having lunch when one of the waiters told us that someone returned the money  and we can claim it at the office.  I still believe in the innate goodness of everyone.  Besides, this is a place of prayers and renewal.  Either you choose to lie or be honest with yourself and be good.  A student of UST (Faculty of Arts and Letters) found it and gave it to one of her professors.  We thanked them and introduced ourselves and the hubby gave some small tokens from the souvenir shop.  Late in the afternoon, while we were having snacks, we met Angela Ramos and Lovell commented,

“Another angel for you  Tita”.

“Yes, she is”, I said.

She was the one who returned the money and I am so thankful for her honesty.  One of their professors told me that they gave her the four Caleruega mugs during their awarding night at Kampo Arriba.  Angela was so touched, she cried.  Yes, the incident gave the whole group a chance to discuss value enhancement.

Thank you Angela, “Honest hearts produce honest actions”.

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Just a tad below Pahingalayan are several mango and jackfruit trees.

Kampo Arriba could be seen from here. the students  held a bonfire there last night and we listened to their songs and laughter.

Feed the Koi.   The continuity of life is represented here.

Love the shadow of  Mama Mary’s image in this early morning scene.

“the hills are alive, with the sound of music”…..makes me want to sing like Maria , the movie came to mind while I was taking a picture of this one.

I always love talking to the gardeners there and ask about the plants’ names and how they propagate them.

I missed taking a shot of her the first time we came here.  Another breathtaking view from here.

Song of India? I love the monochromatic color of the leaves and the play of the sunlight makes them more arresting.

The  Oblation, though  the sunlight marred the view.

Going up the various cottages.  I miss the quaint lanterns they used to have here.

I love these cobbled walkways…these brick stones compliment the view.

I am at a loss for words describing these beautiful vines located just at the entrance of  Tuktok.  I don’t even know what they are called.

I just love the intricate design of this ceiling.  It is a real piece of  art.

Plaza de Aza – a venue for bigger gatherings.

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We first visited the place last year and we were impressed by the beauty of it all.  So I am sharing more pictures here.  Some of those beautiful flowers and blooms  were replaced by more dainty ones but they are simply eye-catching just the same.

Welcome to  CALERUEGA, Philippines – Close to Nature, Closer to God !.

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