Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Int'l Guests Enjoy Pinoy Games at TRTC

A palosebo player gets help climbing a slippery bamboo pole during
Pagdiriwang at TRTC.

Development workers from around the world played traditional Filipino games during one recreation portion of a recent conference at the Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center. The games included palosebo, tumbang-preso, sangkayaw and a modified version of sipa.  In addition to Filipino food served by the TRTC kitchen crew, and folk dances presented during the opening night of the week-long event, the lively, outdoor games helped introduce Filipino culture to the guests.   

The guests were in the Philippines for Pagdiriwang, a gathering of leaders, staff, volunteer workers and friends of Christian microfinance programs from 24 countries.  Countries represented were Australia, Burundi, Cameroon, China, Congo, Egypt, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Kenya, Mexico, Moldova, Norway, Peru, Rwanda, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Uganda, USA and Zambia.

The conference was held on November 8 - 14, 2015.   

Shelley Lyombe from Zambia (above) and
 Susan Leach from the US (below)
  take their turns in sangkayaw relay. 

Because keeping a sipa  aloft by kicking it needs more than just
a few minutes of practice, this modified version aims to
keep the
sipa in the air  using the hands.   

Footwear from Africa and elsewhere are used to topple
tin cans in several rounds of tumbang-preso. 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Camia Scent Fills Retreat Center Air

Evenings at the Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center are always lovely, but they are even lovelier this time of the year because of the scent of camia blossoms that perfume the air.

Camia flowers are white with a pale yellow center and they usually start releasing their fragrance in the evenings.   Enjoy them and their soft fragrance at TRTC.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Nice Facility…and Wonderful Food, Says Foreign Guest

A guest from the United Stated praised the staff, facilities, and food at the CCT Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center in a review posted in TripAdvisor in November 2014.

Keith B. of Chicago, Illinois said, “I attended a student conference and had a very good time despite a typhoon coming through. The staff kept the place well and fed us wonderful meals. They certainly know how to get people through the buffet line. We didn't get to use the entire facilities, but we were safe, enjoying fresh air, and enjoying air conditioning in the large main hall across from the dining facility.” TripAdvisor is a widely-used and recognized travel website.

Since it opened in May 2011, the Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center has been noted for its warm hospitality and its staff who serve above and beyond their regular duties. The retreat center has served guests of all ages attending all types of events (including school retreats, youth camps, corporate conferences, marriage seminars, and even weddings) and from several nations (including Australia, Bangladesh, Burundi, Cameroon, India, Kenya, Malawi, Moldova,  the Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Uganda, the United Kingdom, the US, and Zambia.)   

It can accommodate a total of 484 guests in five dormitories (with a total of 80 rooms) and in four easy-access rooms. Meals are served buffet style in a dining hall across from the center’s main assembly hall which can seat 1,000.  Recreational facilities include a game room, basketball and volleyball courts, a mini soccer field, a children’s play area, and an obstacle course that features a tire run, balance beams, horizontal bars, and low ropes. It is just a few minutes away from the Picnic Grove, People’s Park in the Sky, and the ridge overlooking Taal Lake and Taal Volcano. 

TRTC is run by the Center for Community Transformation group of Ministries, a network of 12
nongovernment organizations that minister to the Filipino poor.

For rates and booking information, please get in touch with Eva Lope, TRTC guest coordinator, at evaranlope@yahoo.com.ph, evamlope@gmail.com, 09192933157, 09232497605, and 8066912.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Development Workers Meet at TRTC

Flags representing guests attending the week-long Transformative Economic Empowerment (TEE)
training conference flutter in the afternoon breeze at the Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center.
TEE is hosted by the CCT Training and Development Institute in cooperation with
ministry partners endPoverty.org, Hope International, and PEER Servants.  Participants are
development practitioners from Burundi, Cameroon, India, Korea, Malawi, Singapore, South Africa,
Uganda, Ukraine, United States of America, and Zambia.
The conference ends November 15. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

TRTC: Plenty to Offer

The Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center, built on six hectares of rolling terrain, has plenty to offer large and small organizations, schools, churches, companies, and families.  Blessed with a cool climate, excellent facilities, and hospitable staff, TRTC is the perfect venue for spiritual retreats, youth camps, marriage seminars, and the like. 

Five dormitories with a total of 80 rooms can sleep as many as 460 guests.  Each of the dormitory buildings has a ground-level function room equipped with sound system,  LCD projector, and water dispensers. Four guest rooms built specially for the use of guest speakers, senior citizens, and the wheelchair-bound are conveniently located close to the assembly hall, dining hall, administration offices, clinic, and parking area. The largest indoor gathering area, the assembly hall, can seat 1000. Meals are served across the paseo in a dining hall that can seat 600. 

Outdoor activity areas include an elevated swimming pool for baptisms,  basketball and volleyball courts, a children's play area, an obstacle course, an amphitheater, and a mini soccer field. 

TRTC is also just a few minutes drive from many of Tagaytay City’s tourist attractions.

A recent guest wrote to say, “Here’s a big thank you for all the help with our event which turned out to be a great success. The service and hospitality of your staff is worth mentioning! The food was very good both in quality and quantity. Overall we had a great time!  Our pastor and the entire committee join me in expressing our gratitude." 

For inquiries and booking information, please get in touch with Eva Lope, TRTC guest coordinator, at evaranlope@yahoo.com.ph, evamlope@gmail.com, 09192933157, 09232497605, and 8066912.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

TRTC Has New Obstacle Course

Looking for a way to liven up your conference at Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center?  Need an idea for some plain and simple outdoor fun while at the retreat center?  Then make an obstacle course race part of your stay!

Youngsters and adults alike will love the challenge of TRTC’s new obstacle course consisting of a tire run, balance beams, horizontal bars, and low ropes.   

The course is also perfect for simple team-building exercises or friendly competition during couples’ retreats, family reunions, and similar gatherings.  It can even be used to teach a spiritual lesson or emphasize a biblical principle.

Be sure to consider making an obstacle course race part of your program when you come to TRTC!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

"Excellent Staff" -- TripAdvisor Contributor

Foreign guests survey their surroundings right after Typhoon Glenda lashed Tagaytay
 on July 16.  Photo courtesy of Doris Cuaresma
Photo taken during the last week of September shows building with damaged roof in top photo
 now almost completely repaired.  

Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center staff earned a heartwarming review from a TripAdvisor contributor who describes herself as having traveled to 107 cities and 17 countries. In a review posted in September, williamsld83 of Lubbock, Texas wrote:

"I arrived at the CCT Retreat & Training Center for the Global Young People's Convocation and Legislative Assembly (GYPC-LA) event on July 16, 2014. We arrived during Typhoon Glenda. We did not get to stay in our rooms or finish our event at this facility, because it was damaged so badly during the storm."

"The staff made sure we were safe, had food and water, and were as comfortable as could be expected considering the storm raging around us. They took care of us instead of taking care of their own families and repairing their homes. The hospitality we received at this retreat center was beyond anything I have ever experienced. If the staff members are this good during a typhoon, I can only imagine what fantastic service they would provide during a normal stay.I would highly recommend this location and hope they can repair all the damage quickly."

About 400 international guests attending the GYPC-LA event had to be gathered in the retreat center's main function hall when Typhoon Glenda began battering Tagaytay city during the early morning hours of July 16. They waited out the storm praying, singing and worshipping the Lord and were moved to a resort in Kawit, Cavite later that day.
Glenda ripped roofs off of dormitory buildings and broke glass wall paneling in the dining hall, requiring the retreat center's temporary closure. It re-opened on August 15, a month after the storm hit.

TRTC General Manager said Doris Cuaresma said, "I am so blessed to have worked with wonderful people like the GYPC-LA staff. I was teary-eyed after reading the guest's comments. God is to be praised!"

For stories from other participants in the convocation, please click on the following links: 



TripAdvisor claims to be the world's largest travel website.  Its contributors review hotels, restaurants, and tourist destinations.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

TRTC Kitchen Crew: National Certificate 2 Holders

Photo: Jeremiah Ahana 

The kitchen crew of the Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center are now holders of the government's national certificate 2 (NC2).  They recently attended cookery classes in a joint project of  the Center for Community Transformation Group of Ministries (CCT) and Bayan Academy sponsored by JP Morgan. All 10 attendees passed competency assessment given by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and were awarded the highly-coveted certificates soon afterward.  

TRTC serves both Filipino and international dishes. Its dining hall serves meals buffet style and has a seating capacity of 600.