Aussie First Adventure..The Queensland 2013 Storm & The Aftermath

Aussie First Adventure..The Queensland 2013 Storm & The Aftermath

 

January 31, 2013

 

Hey Mate! Cheers Mate! A new adventure for 2013! But wait? the weather seems not cooperating in Queensland AU..Welcome to Australia! First stop Sydney…raining…..next stop Brisbane…wind and rain! People rushing on the terminal barefoot? Hmm they came from the beach? Ahh this is a Surfing Capital so no need to wear shoes? Its a summer trend? Go barefoot? Cant comprehend with a stormy weather!

Mate! theres a storm and flood alert in the City!  Welcome to Australia!

It was a good flight though..Thanks to the kindness of my bosses to pick me up on the airport…and providing a service car to me! Hey its a Right Hand drive! Geesh…

So what else? I need to work!….Bang!..No internet…its down due to flooding and typhoon…

Where am I? At the Bay area fronting the Ocean! Yay! Waves coming over the breakwater and smashing the trees and the roads. Im safe…have to be safe. Check the area, spoke to my landlady and have to ensure that no tsunami or whatsoever warning or a record of the city from great flooding. Check! Clear! Time to go out and experience the Wonder of Storms!

See my photos during the storm and the aftermath.. A great place to visit for relaxing, strolling, a place to live – laid back style 🙂 Oh yeah lots of crabs around too! hope to try some soon!

Wynnum Brisbane

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Day 163/365: I am a Filipino (Philippines Independence Day at Kawit Cavite)

Day 163/365: I am a Filipino (Philippines Independence Day at Kawit Cavite)

June 12, 2011

In celebration of Philippines Independence Day, there’s only two factors I would like to focus on for my Project 365 series. How I am as Filipino and the historical place of Kawit, Cavite.

How I am as a Filipino or Pinoy makes me stand and proud on how Mr Carlos P Romulo declares and emphasize the True Filipino blood and bravery to achieve freedom and how each Filipinos should fight and protect independence forever! Thanks for the wonderful message Mr. Romulo.

“I Am A Filipino”

by Carlos P. Romulo

I am a Filipino – inheritor of a glorious past, hostage to the uncertain future. As such, I must prove equal to a two-fold task – the task of meeting my responsibility to the past, and the task of performing my obligation to the future.

I am sprung from a hardy race – child many generations removed of ancient Malayan pioneers. Across the centuries, the memory comes rushing back to me: of brown-skinned men putting out to sea in ships that were as frail as their hearts were stout. Over the sea I see them come, borne upon the billowing wave and the whistling wind, carried upon the mighty swell of hope – hope in the free abundance of the new land that was to be their home and their children’s forever.

This is the land they sought and found. Every inch of shore that their eyes first set upon, every hill and mountain that beckoned to them with a green and purple invitation, every mile of rolling plain that their view encompassed, every river and lake that promised a plentiful living and the fruitfulness of commerce, is a hollowed spot to me.

By the strength of their hearts and hands, by every right of law, human and divine, this land and all the appurtenances thereof – the black and fertile soil, the seas and lakes and rivers teeming with fish, the forests with their inexhaustible wealth in wild and timber, the mountains with their bowels swollen with minerals – the whole of this rich and happy land has been for centuries without number, the land of my fathers. This land I received in trust from them, and in trust will pass it to my children, and so on until the world is no more.

I am a Filipino. In my blood runs the immortal seed of heroes – seed that flowered down the centuries in deeds of courage and defiance. In my veins yet pulses the same hot blood that sent Lapulapu to battle against the alien foe, that drove Diego Silang and Dagohoy into rebellion against the foreign oppressor,

That seed is immortal. It is the self-same seed that flowered in the heart of Jose Rizal that morning in Bagumbayan when a volley of shots put an end to all that was mortal of him and made his spirit deathless forever; the same that flowered in the hearts of Bonifacio in Balintawak, of Gregorio del Pilar at Tirad Pass, of Antonio Luna at Calumpit, that bloomed in flowers of frustration in the sad heart of Emilio Aguinaldo at Palanan, and yet burst forth royally again in the proud heart of Manuel L. Quezon when he stood at last on the threshold of ancient Malacanang Palace, in the symbolic act of possession and racial vindication.

The seed I bear within me is an immortal seed. It is the mark of my manhood, the symbol of my dignity as a human being. Like the seeds that were once buried in the tomb of Tutankhamen many thousands of years ago, it shall grow and flower and bear fruit again. It is the insigne of my race, and my generation is but a stage in the unending search of my people for freedom and happiness.

I am a Filipino, child of the marriage of the East and the West. The East, with its languor and mysticism, its passivity and endurance, was my mother, and my sire was the West that came thundering across the seas with the Cross and Sword and the Machine. I am of the East, an eager participant in its struggles for liberation from the imperialist yoke. But I know also that the East must awake from its centuried sleep, shake off the lethargy that has bound its limbs, and start moving where destiny awaits.

For I, too, am of the West, and the vigorous peoples of the West have destroyed forever the peace and quiet that once were ours. I can no longer live, a being apart from those whose world now trembles to the roar of bomb and cannon shot. For no man and no nation is an island, but a part of the main, and there is no longer any East and West – only individuals and nations making those momentous choices that are the hinges upon which history revolves.

At the vanguard of progress in this part of the world I stand – a forlorn figure in the eyes of some, but not one defeated and lost. For through the thick, interlacing branches of habit and custom above me I have seen the light of the sun, and I know that it is good. I have seen the light of justice and equality and freedom, my heart has been lifted by the vision of democracy, and I shall not rest until my land and my people shall have been blessed by these, beyond the power of any man or nation to subvert or destroy.

I am a Filipino, and this is my inheritance. What pledge shall I give that I may prove worthy of my inheritance? I shall give the pledge that has come ringing down the corridors of the centuries, and its hall be compounded of the joyous cries of my Malayan forebears when they first saw the contours of this land loom before their eyes, of the battle cries that have resounded in every field of combat from Mactan to Tirad Pass, of the voices of my people when they sing:

Land of the morning.

Child of the sun returning . . .

Ne’er shall invaders

Trample thy sacred shore.

Out of the lush green of these seven thousand isles, out of the heart-strings of sixteen million people all vibrating to one song, I shall weave the mighty fabric of my pledge. Out of the songs of the farmers at sunrise when they go to labor in the fields; out the sweat of the hard-bitten pioneers in Mal-ig and Koronadal; out of the silent endurance of stevedores at the piers and the ominous grumbling of peasants in Pampanga; out of the first cries of babies newly born and the lullabies that mothers sing; out of crashing of gears and the whine of turbines in the factories; out of the crunch of ploughs upturning the earth; out of the limitless patience of teachers in the classrooms and doctors in the clinics; out of the tramp of soldiers marching, I shall make the pattern of my pledge:

I am a Filipino born of freedom, and I shall not rest until freedom shall have been added unto my inheritance – for myself and my children’s – forever.

Day 163/365: I am a Filipino!

Aguinaldo Shrines, Kawit Cavite

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About Aguinaldo Shrine:

Aguinaldo Shrine, Kawit, Cavite is where the Philippine Independence was declared by General Emilio Aguinaldo, giving birth to the 1st Philippine Republic in June 12, 1898. The shrine is one of the Philippines’ national shrines. It was from a window in this house that the declaration of the Philippine Independence was read. On that same day, June 12 1898, and in that same window, the Philippine flag was first formally waved while the national anthem was being played. It’s a common misconception that the independence was announced on the more recently added balcony at the top façade of the house.

The Aguinaldo shrine holds many secret passages which were actively used during the time of the revolution. However, it wasn’t always like that. Emilio Aguinaldo’s ancestral home came from humble beginnings – the structure built on 1845 was made of thatch and wood. It was reconstructed twice, once on 1849 and another on 1920. The first president was born there, May 22, 1869.

The most visible part of the structure is the triangular section with a tower topped by a spire. The climb to the highest floor constitutes climbing a whopping five flights of stairs plus a ladder. Aguinaldo was said to have a predilection for this tower at the top. The ground floor which used to be un-walled according to the architectural preferences during that time now houses a museum.

Aguinaldo’s bedroom, the grand hall, the conference hall, the kitchen and the dining area and a veranda are all located at the second floor of the house. There is also a bas relief map of the Philippines on the ceiling of the dining room with Cavite being painted red. The third floor has a library featuring a balcony overlooking the grand hall. There is also a corridor on this floor which gives access to the mansion’s eastern wing where the Aguinaldo daughters and their families lived.

The fourth floor is the Ambassador’s Room which was once used by the General’s son-in-law, Ambassador Jose Melencio, as a study. On the fifth floor is Aguinaldo’s other bedroom. It was said that this was where he spent his last years. It has a brass bed and a huge desk. The tiled terrace on this floor provides a view of Manila Bay as well as Cavite’s shores.

It only takes less than two hours to get from Manila to the historic province of Cavite. So if ever you get the urge to take a trip across time, you might want to try one of the most importance places in this country’s history; Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite.

Day 113/365: St Jerome Parish Church, The Baroque Wonder of Morong Rizal

Day 113/365: St Jerome Parish Church, The Baroque Wonder of Morong Rizal

April 23, 2011 (Black Saturday)

My ultimate dream is to take a shot of all the baroque churches of the Philippines and show the world how beautiful this architectural wonders that was built centuries ago. Here is one of the most wonderful baroque church I truly admire and a real wonder of Morong Rizal – St Jerome Parish Church.

You dont need to travel to Macau and Spain just to have a nice photo with a magnificent tall belfry. Just go to Morong Rizal and it will surely worth your trip!

Day 113/365: St Jerome Parish Church, The Baroque Wonder of Morong Rizal

About St Jerome Church:

Located in Brgy. San Jose, Morong Rizal, St. Jerome Parish Church is one of the remnants of the grandeur and spirit of the colonial period. Nothing in our Western culture now is similar to its neo-Baroque style.

Originally built in 1615 by Chinese craftsmen, the church survived natural disasters and the tumultuous Spanish regime, with its walls standing witness to the Katipuneros who were captured and executed there. Sitting majestically on a hill overlooking the river, the Morong Church is truly a cultural icon, an edifice of the Christian faith, and a cradle of their architectural heritage.

Its new belfry was integrated with the old three-storey facade, thus becoming one of the most well-composed architectures in colonial Philippines.

St Jerome Church Morong Rizal

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Summit Ridge Hotel Tagaytay, A new destination place for conference and planning

Summit Ridge Hotel Tagaytay, A new destination place for conference and planning

November 18 and 19, 2010
Summit Ridge Hotel
Tagaytay City

It’s my first time to visit Summit Ridge Hotel and it’s my first IT Strategy Planning with my new office. So here’s the Hotel Review:

Conference Hall- too huge for the 4 of us discussing our IT Strategy Plan for 2011. It’s good though to have lot’s of space to move around. Interior is just okay, the color seems boring and doesnt energize us to think at our best. I dont like the smell either, seems molds is sticking in the carpets and that smells around in the conference hall.

Front Desk – too small or probably I am expecting too much that it should be a hotel grandeur entrance, nothing unique or a wow factor.

Food – its Classic Cuisine (C2) serving the hotel buffet. 3 Stars Rating 5 being the highest. The view is at the back of the hotel, would be nice if its fronting the Taal Lake.

Room – Same smell, molds! Bed is not good, comfort rating is at 2! out 5.

Service – Good. 4 out 5

Free Complimentary WIFI! 5 out of 5!

Hotel Rate – 3 out 5

Stores Nearby- Starbucks, Robinson Supermarket, Guilly’s Island, just across Josephine’s Restaurant

Summit Ridge Tagaytay

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Address:
Summit Ridge Hotel
Km. 58 Maharlika West
General Aguinaldo Highway
Tagaytay City

Contact Numbers:
Manila Landline: +63.2.240.6888
SUN Mobile: +63.922.852.6800


Overall Review is 3 out 5.

Taal Lake, Tagaytay City

The Kids of Palaui Island

The Kids of Palaui Island

April 3, 2010
Palaui Island
Sta Ana, Cagayan
Philippines

Palaui Island is our ultimate destination during our Holy Week 2010 Road Trip. From Manila to Tuguegarao City, a 10 hours drive passing Cabanatuan and Isabela and a 2.5 hours drive from Tuguegarao to Port Irene, San Vicente. Thanks to my Monty, for her sweet ride, patience and safety to brought us safe to the the last barangay in the northeastern portion of the island of Luzon.

Palaui Kids April 2010

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These are the kids of Palaui Island, who welcomed us with their beautiful smile when they saw our cameras and shouting for Picture! Picture! A rare moments to capture their innocence and playful moves while I trigger my shutter. During school days, these kids needs to walk for an hour or two just to attend classes. I consider them the pure hearted guardian of the island, without commercialism and away from the city chaos. And my hope for their loving parents is to teach them the value of protecting the gift of nature and be proud of Palaui Island, a true nature sanctuary.

The Exciting and Adventurous 2,000km Luzon Road Trip Series

The Exciting and Adventurous 2,000km Luzon Road Trip Series

April 1 to 4, 2010
Manila-Tuguegarao-Iguig – Lal-o – Calamaniugan – Port Irene, Cagayan – Aparri – Pagudpud – Burgos – Laoag – Paoay – Vigan – Manila

We left at exactly 2:30am last Maundy Thursday and took the road of Mc Arthur to Maharlika highway. It was my first 10 hour drive stint with my gorgeous and sweet ride Monty. This is also my first trip to the Cabanatuan, Isabela and Cagayan route. The ride was okay until we’ve reach the stressful Dalton Pass.

Palaui Island, Cagayan

Anyway, I’m excited to blog this once in a lifetime adventure and road trip success. From the ancient bells and churches of Cagayan to Ilocos, the good foods from this region, the twin light house of Northern and southern part of Luzon, the cheerful children of Palaui Island, its virgin forest, and undiscovered Pacific ocean shoreline, the mighty waters of Aparri, and the scenic nature of Ilocos to the time warp zone of ancient Vigan!

And this is just a preview of this ultimate road trip series 🙂

Enjoy viewing!

Rman

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St. Mattias Parish

Built in 1783 and completed in 1805, The Parish Church of St. Mattias features a cylindrical bell tower, a one of its kind in the country. A baroque church, its façade is made of customized clay bricks stamped with finely designed ornaments like cherubs and saints, and flowers and foliage. Like the façade, the interior is also veneered with ornately designed bricks. The fence that enclosed the church complex also used ornamented bricks like the ones used in the church façade as evident in the distinguishable designs in the fence ruins. Partly damaged during the Second World War, the church was restored to its original form by the People of Tumaini. It was declared a Historical National Landmark in 1989 by virtue of Presidential Decrees 260 (1973) and 1505 (1978).

The San Pablo Church

The San Pablo Church in San Pablo town is the oldest church in the province, built in 1624. It is a church within church ruins. Its six-layer bell tower with a circular apex made of adobe is the tallest in the region. From the outside, the church looks imposing (which it was before it was razed). But as one lets himself in through the gate, one would be welcomed by what remained of what was once a magnificent church. But while the relatively new church inside the ruins is much smaller now, it commands a different kind of awe, as the ruins surrounding it have added a different kind of character to it — one that is hard to define, but good nonetheless.

Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral

The seat of the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao. The church with the belfry is the biggest Spanish built church in Cagayan Valley. The picture of the Cathedral appears at the Basilica in Rome and is considered to be one of the most beautiful works of art in the country and the world today

The Callao Caves

Penablanca, Cagayan

The Callao Caves has 7 chambers and boasts of a massive limestone formation, skylights and a chapel. It is accessible by climbing 187 cemented steps provided to reach the cave entrance

The Pride of Cagayan Valley! Callao Cave Eco Tourism Park

The Pride of Cagayan Valley! Callao Cave Eco Tourism Park

April 1, 2010
Callao Cave, Peñablanca, Cagayan
Philippines

After 12 hours of driving, we finally reached Tuguegarao! checked in to our hotel, eat lunch, and refresh ourselves and immediately drive again to Penablanca for the Callao Cave Adventure. The Callo Cave was huge and truly amazing! It is one of the most popular caves in the Philippines and mostly seen on the Philippines must to see tourism showcase. The park is located in Barangays Parabba and Quibal, in the town of Peñablanca, a thirty minute drive from the provincial capitol Tuguegarao.

When you reach the park, you need to trek and climb the 187 stairs before witnessing the massive limstone and rock formations inside. The Callao Cave consists of Seven (7) Chambers and various natural formations: Column, Chapel, Skeleton, Elephant’s Head, Praying Angel, Rocket, Lion’s Head and Dog’s Head Formations. The most famous is the chamber turned into a cathedral and the most common shots seen in postcards and Philippines tourism videos. The Chapel with Sun Rays shot should depends on the time of the day when you get there, we arrived at around 3pm and we were not able to shot a good ray of lights from its ceiling lighting the entire chapel.

The temperature inside the chambers is quite cool and relaxing. I actually fell asleep 🙂 probably got too tired driving for almost 12 hours but it sure worth it!

While in the area, one must also try a wooden boat ride in Mororan (Minoran) River passing through small rainforest, a bat cave, scenic rocky cliffs and picturesque river banks with crystal clear water ideal for swimming. Boat Rental is around P1500

Today the town still makes a living from the caves in the form of entrance fees:

Visiting Hours: 8:00AM – 6:00PM

P20 – 12 years old and above
P15 – Senior Citizens with Valid IDs
P10 – For students and kids below 12 years of age

Other fees
P20 – Parking
P200 – Kayak (per hour)
P20 – Life vest
P10 – Hardhat
P25 – Headlamp

For more details on the 7 chamber check out my travelmate Kaloy’s blog at http://pixelsandmemories.com/?p=976

Caleruega, Close to nature, Closer to God

Caleruega, Close to nature, Closer to God

December 26, 2009
Caleruega, Bgy. Kaylaway, Batulao
Nasugbu, Batangas
Philippines

My Experience:

This is my first visit to Caleruega, and I never thought that the beauty of nature and serenity of this place is really overwhelming than seeing it in pictures. No wonder why most marrying couples chose it as their top list for their dream wedding location. The place is so wonderful and very relaxing, the field of greens and the wind blows will lift your senses to a stress free surrounding. For a while, I felt the oneness in nature and closeness to a very peaceful heaven.

I also remember friends who tie their knots on this place and a special someone I knew long time ago who made her vows on this beautiful chapel. I wish her luck and best wishes 🙂

I would say, its worth the travel time to experience Caleruega.

Anyway, I summarized all the information you may be needing in this post.

My life best shots,
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About Caleruega:

Caleruega is a house of prayer and renewal. It is open to activities like retreats, recollections, prayer, and renewal workshop, study, research, youth camps, marriage and family encounter celebrations, skills training, leadership seminars, art, music, and liturgy workshops, and environment and agriculture-related activities.

The Transfiguration Chapel:

Rising tall and majestic in the highest point of Caleruega is the Transfiguration Chapel. From here one can behold the expanse of Caleruega and witness the glorious opus of radiant nature – a symphony of sky, trees, and the distant hills of Batulao. Like St. Peter during Jesus’ transfiguration, anyone who experiences such splendor of nature’s poetry will declare: Lord, it is good for us to be here… (Mt.17:4).

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).

Facilities:

VERITAS HALL, A 200 seat capacity conference venue for large gatherings
GAZEKUBO, A 50 seat capacity conference venue for small groups
TRANSFIGURATION CHAPEL, A 150-seat capacity chapel

Use of the Chapel for Wedding:

– While Caleruega can provide a priest to solemnize the marriage, couples are at liberty to invite a priest of their choice. No fixed
amount for priest’s stipend but its on the generosity of the couple.
– Use of the Chapel is exclusive of floral arrangement and choir
– Inclusive of Chapel Sound System, Organ and Sacristan

Schedule of Weddings:

Monday to Saturday : 9 to 11 AM; 3 to 5PM; 6 to 8PM
Sunday: 8 to 10 AM; 3 to 5PM; 6 to 8PM

REFECTORY HALL, A 200-seat dining hall which can serve simultaneous meals at any one time
CATALINA HALL, A 90 bed (double deck) dormitory for women (6 toilets &14 bathrooms )
TOMASINO HALL, An 80 bed (double deck) dormitory for men (with 6-unit common toilet & bathroom)
8 UNITS, Twin occupancy cottages with toilet and bath
16 UNITS, Four in one occupancy cottages (2 regular beds & 2 trundle bed) with toilet and bath
1 UNIT, Family room for 14 persons with 2 toilets & bathrooms
1 UNIT, Family room for 8 persons with 1 toilet & bathroom
PAHINGALAYAN and FRA ANGELICO, Hermitage cottages complete with basic home facilities
KAMPO ARRIBA, a campsite perfect for outdoor activities
TUKTOK, A 30 seat capacity conference venue for small groups
PLAZA DE AZA, A roof deck which can be used as a venue for reception and other big-group gatherings

Reservation Guidelines:

FOR RETREATS AND SEMINARS
1. A minimum stay of 2 days is required for a group of at least 30 persons.
2. Reservations with less than the minimum requirement are waitlisted.
3. Accepted reservations of less than 30 persons or 2 days will have a P150.00 surcharge per person.
4. Guests are required to pay 25% non-refundable downpayment upon reservation;
5. 50% non-refundable payment one month prior to occupancy and 25% full payment 1 week prior to occupancy. Payments may be done at Caleruega or at any branch of Security Bank.
6. All reservations are considered as direct reservations and cannot be transferred or made in behalf of another group of entity.
7. All reservations are on a first-come-first save basis. Only confirmed reservations are booked in Caleruega’s calendar. Reservations are considered open until confirmed.

FOR WEDDINGS:

1. Reservations are on a first-come-first-serve basis.
2. A non-refundable down payment of P5,000.00 is required for the use of the chapel and P10,000.00 for the use of reception areas.
3. Full payment of all wedding dues should be made a month before the wedding date.
4. Only confirmed reservations are booked in Caleruega’s calendar. Reservations are considered open until confirmed.
5. Reception Venue:

Plaza de Aza & Tuktok (Roofdeck) 200 persons/outdoor and can be outfitted with tents – P40,000.00
Veritas Hall, 200 persons – P30,000.00 + use of Aircon P5,000.00
Gazekubo, 60 persons – P25,000.00 + use of Aircon P5,000.00
Use of the Chapel – P15,000.00

Others:

– Individual retreats at Pahingalayan and Fra Angelico hermitage houses are also welcome in Caleruega.
– The Kampo Arriba of Calereuga is also open for outdoor activities and exercises for a fee of P250.00 per head.
– Electronic equipment could be rented for a free such as: overhead projector (P200.00/day), TV (P500.00/day), DVD/ VHS (P500.00/day), Computer with LCD (P1,000.00/day).
– Caleruega is also open for one-day seminars or gatherings following the rates below:

USE OF CONFERENCE HALL

Veritas Hall P500.00/hour plus P5,000.00/day for the use of aircon
Gazekubo P500.00/hour plus P5,000.00/day for the use of aircon
Tuktok P500.00/hour

MEALS

Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner-P200.00/person/meal
AM or PM Snacks-P75.00

RATES

2-Day Stay (inclusive of 6 meals & 4 snacks)
Dormitory P1,250.00/person
Three in One/Four in One P1,450.00/person
Family Room P1,450.00/person
Two in One P1,650.00/person
Solo P2,150.00/person
Hermitage P2,650.00/person
Plus P500.00/room/day for the use of Aircon

Overnight Stay (inclusive of 3 meals & 2 snacks)
Dormitory P800.00/person
Three in One P900.00/person
Family Room P900.00/person
Two in One P1,000.00/person
Solo P1,250.00/person
Hermitage P1,650.00/person
Plus P500.00/room/day for the use of Aircon

Use of conference venues beyond 10 pm shall have an additional charge of P200.00/hour. Cost of extended use of conference venues beyond the time of departure shall be at P500.00/hour.

Restrictions for Wedding Receptions:

– Reception music must be reasonably modulated
– Fireworks are permitted outside Caleruega premises
– Reception until : 3PM only for – morning weddings, 9PM only for afternoon weddings, and 11PM only for evening weddings.

Rates are subject to change without prior notice; They can also suggest reputable and reasonably-priced caterers, florists and photographers who are in good standing with Caleruega.

Wedding Documents (To be accomplished 3 months before the wedding date)

1. Marriage License, This can be secured from the municipal hall of any of the party

2. New Copy of Baptismal Certificate

3. New Copy of Confirmation Certificate

– Document #2 and #3 can be secured from the parish where the person received the Sacrament of Baptismal and Confirmation

– Both documents mus be inscribed with “FOR MARRIAGE PURPOSES”

4. Pre Cana Seminar

– This can be taken from any parish. Please secure certificate of attendance

– Caleruega also provide this type of seminar. You may inquire at Calaruega Office.

5. Canonical Interviews*

6. Marriage Banns*

7. Name/License No. of Officiating Priest*

8. Name of Sponsors*

9. Certificate of Freedom to Marry* (This is a requirement for those who stayed abroad for more than 6 months)

10. Wallet Size Picture*

* This requirements will be provided by St. Francis Xavier Parish as the canonical requirements. They will be the parish responsible in processing and keeping the said pertinent documents. There is a service fee of P5,000.00 being facilitated by Calaruega for St. Francis Xavier Parish

St Francis Xavier Parish

J.P. Laurel St. Nasugbu, Batangas

Contact Person: Sally Dastas (043-9315186/09209382083)

Email: sallydastas@ymail.com

For more details about Calaruega:

Look for Cristalle, Jackie & Melda

Mobile Phone Contact Nos: 09212709890, 09218304226
Telephone: (043) 706-0348
Office Hours: 8am to 5pm daily
email: calaruega_philippines@yahoo.com