Saturday, March 10, 2012

Going to the Chapel of Love: Chapel on the Hill, Batulao Batangas

The moment we got engaged, I knew I didn’t want to walk down a kilometer-long aisle. And because there aren’t a lot of nice, intimate chapels here in the metro, we both agreed that a Tagaytay wedding affair will be perfect. Besides, spending thousands on a rented venue was not in our plans. Tagaytay would be perfect since the boy's family owns a house with a roomy backyard just a few blocks from Olivarez Plaza. We can just hold our reception there.

Even before my fiancĂ© proposed, his mom already booked San Antonio de Padua for Php500. She booked the place right away just in case we’re not able to find exactly what we’re looking for, at least we’ll have a church to hold the ceremony at.  

The church, however, though looking like a cute chapel from the outside, was way bigger than what we expected. And so we had to look for another one. There’s really no way that I’m going to walk down there, especially since I’ve no plans of wearing a traditional gown with a super long train.

After 2 months of researching for an alternative, I stumbled upon Chapel on the Hill online. I showed some photos of the place to my fiancĂ© and he liked it! We knew it’s going to be one of our top where-to-get-married choices.  Right then and there I contacted the chapel and asked for their slots.

We thought of an afternoon wedding but the 2pm slot was already booked---2 years ago! Only the 10am and 5pm slots were free. And since a 5pm wedding for us is quite unlikely, we pencil-booked the 10am schedule. I mean, hey, it’s better to have the wedding in the morning than postpone it until a good slot opens up, right?

We went to check the chapel a week after and just fell in love with it. I literally imagined myself walking in there. The 360-degree view of the mountains, and the fresh, cool air of the province just made it all the more perfect.

Side View of Chapel On The Hill - Nasugbu
View from the side
photo lifted from Cyndy's virtual tourist site
Main Door & Glimpse of Chapel Interior - Nasugbu
This is where my grand entrance will be. LOL. I love the stained glass part of the ceiling.
photo lifted from Cyndy's virtual tourist site

View From The Chapel Of Mt. Batulao & Fields - Nasugbu
View of the mountains
photo lifted from Cyndy's virtual tourist site

We settled the down payment and off we went. Serious planning mode: ON.

Down payment: Php10,000

Balance to be paid 1 month before the wedding:
Php 2,000 for the use of chapel
Php 5,000 for the Parish

TOTAL: Php 17,000
We initially set our church budget to 10k so we went 7k over. But this is definitely one of those additional expenses that couples shouldn’t mind. We’ll just go scrimp on other scrimp-worthy details. :)

Chapel on the Hill
Don Bosco, Batulao, Batangas
(+632) 7435614/4044327/4759724(Manila)

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