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Calmness on Tagaytay Hills: The Coolest Way to Do Visita Iglesia

, Cavite

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Choose Philippines | Mar 30, 2015

Overlooking the iconic Taal Volcano and perched on the mountain ridges is Tagaytay City, the country's second summer capital located in the province of Cavite. Only a couple of hours from Manila, it has become a popular destination for weekend getaways especially for those days when the heat is just too much to handle.

Since the Lenten Season coincides with the Philippines' hottest months, the city's cool climate and outstanding scenery are plus factors for a Visita Iglesia—not to mention the churches' astounding architecture.

Here are three places of worship in Tagaytay, Cavite and the nearby Nasugbu, Batangas:

 

1) Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church 

  • Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, Tagaytay, Cavite

Ran by the Capuchin, Order of Franciscan Minors, Our Lady of Lourdes is characterized by its white walls, high ceiling, and yellow-lighted chandeliers. There is also a grotto and a candle church situated outside for those who want to offer prayers.

 

2) Chapel on the Hill

  • Don Bosco, Batulao, Batangas

With its glass side panels and circular structure, Chapel on the Hill gives a panoramic view of the valley. Matched with the stained glass window above the altar, the floor to ceiling openings give natural lighting to the place.

The chapel has a circular pattern on the floor and this is called the Labyrinth. As explained in the entrance of the chapel, “the labyrinth is a sacred circle with a single path that leads to its center. Walking the path lends itself to prayer and meditation. This kinesthetic style of prayer is especially valuable during those times when words cannot express the depths of heights of our experience”.

3) Calaruega Church

  • Batulao, Nasugbu, Batangas

Hidden among lush greenery, Calaruega has a hanging bridge, koi pond, man-made fountain, and various halls for gatherings aside from the church itself. 

The main structure is made distinct with three tall rectangular structures and vine-like designs entwined within the metal gate. Neatly placed angled wood adorn the ceiling, large stained glass windows are present on the walls, and the floor is fixed with light brown tiles that complements the dark pews.

It was named after the birthplace of St. Dominic de Guzman, father of the Order of Preachers. 

 

(All photos by Christa I. De La Cruz)


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