Friday, January 24, 2014

Happy Guests


Since the Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center opened its gates to the public in May 2011 it has been a venue of gracious hospitality for ladies' conventions, pastors' conferences, youth camps, singles' retreats, sales planning meetings, reunions, couples' retreats, weddings... even group weddings!

Here's what some satisfied guests have said about it:

Janice Galvez Zonio, who attended the Church of God regional convention late last year, described Tagaytay Retreat and Training  Center as a "Very peaceful and conducive place for spiritual retreats" and uploaded a jubilant photo of herself on the lawn  in front of the multi-purpose hall (above) as her Facebook cover photo.

Sheryl Ann Donato (below) who was at the retreat center after Christmas 2013 attending the New Southern Luzon District Youth Leadership Training Seminar of the United Pentecostal Church enjoyed lots of peaceful and relaxing moments there. 


Sheryl Ann Donato

And Meldyaf of Quezon City, Philippines wrote the following review in travel website TripAdvisor.com:

I joined a three-day training at the Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center in July 2013. Totally enjoyed the experience! This place is a great place for learning activities. The training rooms were nice and spacious. The individual rooms were quiet and relaxing. I liked the view of the sunset from the dining area. Food was great too! I would like to stay at this place again. I would definitely recommend this place for other seminars too. The lessons may be serious inside the session rooms but the beautiful nature just outside helps to relax my mind. 

From http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g317121-d2407125-r177083685-CCT_Tagaytay_Retreat_Training_Center-Tagaytay_Calabarzon_Region_Luzon 


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

TRTC is Group Wedding Venue




Twenty-nine couples said "I do"  in the second group wedding held at the Tagaytay Retreat and Training since it opened in May 2011.  

Rina Villanueva, one of the happy brides, said, "The staff were so attentive.  They made us feel special."  Her groom, Reden, said, "We thought it would be a simple wedding.  It turned out to be rather fancy!"

The brides and grooms are mostly workers at factories where the  Covenant Community Service Cooperative (CCSC) ministers.

In the first group wedding held at TRTC, 21 former street-dwelling couples were married in a ceremony jointly organized by CCSC and the Kaibigan Ministry of the Center for Community Transformation (CCT) Group of Ministries. Read story here: http://cctkaibigan.blogspot.com/2011/12/21-kaibigan-couples-tie-knot.html

CCSC, also a member of the CCT group, reaches out to informal service workers and factory workers through job generation, spiritual development, social services, micro finance loans, and savings mobilization.




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Monday, October 21, 2013

TRTC is International Micro Finance Training Venue

Here and below, micro finance workers from Asia, South America, Africa, and the US at the opening
night of the third Transformative Economic Empowerment training session. 


The Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center was the venue for the third Transformative Economic Empowerment, a international training session hosted by the Center for Community Transformation and the Ka-Partner Network. Attendees were micro finance workers from Peru, India, Uganda, Zambia, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Moldova, Thailand, and the US.  

The focus of the session, held during the third week of October 2013, was training in vision and leadership and spiritual integration in micro finance. It included visits to CCT branches, interviews with community partners (micro finance recipients) and staff, and overviews of CCT programs and services for the poor.   

Speakers included CCT Chairman Bertram Lim, CCT President Ruth Callanta, and Dr. Melba Maggay.  

The Ka-Partner Network is composed of the US-based organizations endPoverty, Hope International, Peer Servants, and Five Talents.   

Photos: Griffin Wilson

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Recreational Facilities at Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center





If you need to relax a bit between conference meetings or training sessions at the Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center, be sure to check out these facilities available to all guests:

Outdoor.
  • Two basketball courts  
  • Mini soccer field 
  • Trampoline
  • Exercise machines
  • Children's play area 


Indoor. 

 The second floor of the Pabilyon offers:
  • Ping pong
  • Billiards
  • Air Hockey 
  • Foosball
  • Darts
  • Jenga (a tower building game played with 54 wooden blocks) 
  • Several chess boards 
  • Monopoly and other board games
  • DVD player 




Or if you just need to clear your mind, watch the koi and listen to the gurgling water at the fountain area.  Have fun! 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Amphitheater at TRTC Now Ready for Use


A semi-circular amphitheater at the Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center (TRTC) was recently completed and is now ready for use.  It is best suited for such events as dawn watch prayer services, early morning worship services and music festivals, according to Edna Panuncio, TRTC administrator.  Seating capacity is 500.

For inquiries and booking information, please get in touch with Eva Lope, CCT partners development officer / CCT servant, at evaranlope@yahoo.com.ph, evamlope@gmail.com, 09192933157, 09232497605, and 8066912.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

TRTC Has Four New Easy-Access Rooms

The new rooms at the Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center  are conveniently next door to the
administration offices.  
The shared lounge.  The backdoor shown leads to the retreat center's fountain area. 
The rooms are close to the parking lot and are wheel-chair accessible. 




The Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center has four new guest rooms built specially for the use of guest speakers, senior citizens, and the wheelchair-bound. The new rooms (each with private bath, hot and cold shower, and twin beds with pull-outs), are conveniently located close to the assembly hall, dining hall, administration offices, clinic, and parking area. A common lounge has hot and cold drinking water and access to the retreat center's fountain area.

For inquiries and booking information, please get in touch with Eva Lope, CCT partners development officer / CCT servant, at evaranlope@yahoo.com.ph, evamlope@gmail.com, 09192933157, 09232497605, and 8066912.


Photos:  Myra Gaculais del Rosario 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Native Crafts Sold at TRTC Pasalubong Center



Native crafts made by community partners of the CCT Savings and Credit Cooperative are sold at the Pasalubong Center of the Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center (TRTC). Items for sale include inaul cloth woven by Maguindanao women, pandan fiber ladies' bags from Calatrava, Negros Occidental,  B'laan blouses with beadwork, and coconut byproduct knickknacks.  The items are  made or sold by recipients of microfinance loans.  Tagaytay souvenir t-shirts printed by former street dwellers assisted by the  Kaibigan Ministry are also available .

TRTC offers a cool, peaceful, and spacious setting for conferences, retreats, association meetings, workshops, seminars, and the like.  Church and ministry groups, schools, and corporate teams are welcome.  

For inquiries and booking information, please get in touch with Eva Lope, CCT partners development officer / CCT servant, at evaranlope@yahoo.com.ph, evamlope@gmail.com, 09192933157, 09232497605, and 8066912.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center: Perfect for Large Groups


Planners of events and activities for large groups will appreciate the spacious grounds of the  Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center.  Six hectares of rolling terrain include:

  • five dormitory buildings, each with a function room at ground level. Function rooms are equipped with LCD projectors and sound system. Wi-fi is provided.  Bedrooms sleep four to six guests or a total of 500.  Water for showers is heated by solar energy. 
  • four easy-access rooms for the convenience of guest speakers, event coordinators, senior citizens, or the wheel-chair bound.
  • assembly hall capable of seating 1,000 
  • dining hall and kitchen 
  • game room and snack bar
  • Pasalubong center selling native crafts such as B’laan blouses, pandan fiber bags, and inaul (Magindanaoan) cloth
  • bamboo huts for small group activities
  • children's play area
  • exercise machines and trampoline
  • basketball and volleyball courts
  • obstacle course 
  • amphitheater-style activity area
  • park-like grounds 
  • wide parking area   
The retreat center is just minutes from the Picnic Grove and People's Park in the Sky. Trips to Taal Volcano may be arranged. 

For inquiries, please get in touch with Eva Lope, CCT partners development officer / CCT servant, at evaranlope@yahoo.com.ph, evamlope@gmail.com, 09192933157, 09232497605, 8066912, 6542536.



Photo by Josiah Meneghini




Photo by Josiah Meneghini
Photo by Noeh Vios 

Photo by Noeh Vios 

Photo by Noeh Vios 

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