Monday, February 20, 2012

Caleruega in pieces

After my three-day retreat in Caleruega, I have to pack my bags again for an out-of-town work. This time, it will no longer be a real vacation. I am joining some of my colleagues for a team building and some planning activities. Though I anticipate the tiring tasks, I honestly wish that this becomes a regular opportunity for us. However, the trade off of having the chance to travel is that I am missing my classes for days. While I am worried of how I will squeeze in our remaining topics, I'm sure my students are having the best time of their lives in my absence. :-)

I will not be providing a teaser here of where I will be going over the next days. This entry serves as an extension of my previous post.  What I will instead share are some interesting furniture pieces that I found in Caleruega.

Let's start with some artworks

A painting that depicts some activities of the Catholic community. Since Caleruega is owned and managed by a Catholic congregation, expect more of this in the area. I also love the paintings and even arrangement of the Filipino made jars.

Do you love stained glasses? This magnificent image of the Risen Christ is the main art attraction inside the Transfiguration Chapel. Instead of seeing a crucifix, the Chapel provides a glorious image of Christ. Have you noticed the mantel used? Instead of using the typical white mantel, the altar made use of a batik inspired cloth.

Chapels and other worship rooms usually provide a glass or wooden podium for the commentator. In the Chapel of Transfiguration, this unique wood carving replaced the plain and traditional podium we see.

Wood is a common element of furniture in Calereuega. Here are more unique wood pieces
 How I wish I could take home the bench and the fantastic view

The main altar is made from a huge tree trunk. Now, who says that tables need to be in perfect shape to be beautiful?

Even the Chapel's tabernacle is made of wood

These are dividers in our session hall. The frames are made of pure wood. The white areas are made of Capiz shells. Capiz is a common type of shell in the Philippines that is usually used for lampshades, wall panels and other decorative pieces.

Here's another item made of shell
Kabibe or a huge shell turned as a sink. How do you want to have this in your own homes?

Caleruega also houses a number of beautiful outdoor and indoor lamps. Here are some of them
This chandelier is originally a candle holder. Someone made the effort to repurpose the metal holder to a shabby and elegant chandelier.

 I fell in love with this lamp post. There are a lot of this when you explore Caleruega
This one is my personal favorite.

Wishing everyone a great week ahead. 

P.S. Thank you to all my blog friends who appreciated my previous post. :-) You made me happy.


  1. When I visited Caleruega, I failed to notice those beautiful little details. Nice photos! :)

  2. WOW! These pictures are so beautiful! I also love that last lamp post picture. So beautiful and rainbow colored!!! I'd love to have that in my garden! :)

    I hope you are having a great trip!

  3. Hi Diane,
    welcome back :) Those are some fantistic wood sculpture and the stained glass is really amazing!
    Hope your working trip isn't too stressful. I'm sure your students miss you :)
    take care,

  4. It looks beautiful there! Welcome back!
    ♥ Kyna

  5. nice pics!!! enjoyed your blog....

    hope you could visit my blog too...



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