Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center Dedication

The Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center was formally dedicated to the Lord on May 4, 2011 in a joyful thanksgiving and dedication celebration attended by a crowd of more than 1,000, including community partners, Kaibigans involved in its construction, CCT staff from the support office and regional offices, and board members and their guests.

The dedication message was preached by Rev. Kim Sang Youn of the Nanoom Presbyterian Church in South Korea, and translated into Filipino by Pastora Serlina. 

 Rev. Kim Sang Youn of the Nanoom Presbyterian Church in South Korea.
Mr. Bertram Lim, chair of the CCT Inc. board of trustees, gave the welcome remarks,  talked about how the retreat center came about, and acknowledged the many donors who made its construction possible.  The main dedication ceremony (responsive reading of Psalm 24 and prayers of dedication by all present) was led by Pastor EJ del Mundo, head pastor of the CCT Group of Ministries. Special music for the day was provided by young people from Nanoom Presbyterian Church,  the CCT Choir, the Drum and Lyre Corps of Las Pinas and San Pedro, and the Las Pinas Rondalla. Folk dances were presented by the CCT Dance Troupe.

After the main program, simultaneous ribbon cutting rites and dedication ceremonies were held at the assembly hall, dining hall, at each of the dormitories and at the administration building.

As of May 15,2011 Dormitory Buildings A2 and A3 were ready for occupancy. The retreat center is seen to be fully constructed and landscaped by July. 
Praise and worship singing is led by youth from Nanoom
Presbyterian Church, South Korea.

The CCT Choir

Bro. Bertram Lim welcomes guests and acknowledges donors.
The CCT Dance Troupe

Community partners from Tondo

CCT Group of Ministries Board Members

Thursday, May 5, 2011

How to Get to the CCT Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center

Need to do an ocular visit to the CCT Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center for your church or organization? Here's how to get there! 

By private vehicle from Metro Manila: Enter  the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) at any of the following points: 
  • Buendia Flyover (Gil Puyat Flyover)
  • Skyway: Gil Puyat Ramp
  • Skyway: Makati
  • Arnaiz Avenue / Pasay Road Intersection
  • Skyway: Don Bosco Magallanes
  • Skyway Entrance: Magallanes
  • Nichols Toll Barrier
  • C5
  • Merville
  • Skyway: Bicutan
  • Bicutan
  • Skyway: Dr. A. Santos (Sucat)
  • Sucat
  • Skyway: Alabang South Station
  • Alabang
  • Filinvest
  • Susana Heights 

If you choose to take the Skyway, after the toll plaza, get off on the ramp leading to the rest of SLEX below. Otherwise you will end up in Alabang-Zapote. 

Leave SLEX at the Greenfield City/ Eton City Exit (Malitlit Exit).  Drive along the Greenfield Parkway, passing Eton City on the right and Pramana on the left.  Three kilometres from SLEX you will arrive at a fork in the road.  Take the left road which is United Blvd. Drive straight ahead for the next four kilometres. At the intersection just past the Southern Luzon Hospital, drive straight ahead.  Turn right at San Bruno Drive passing Paseo de Sta Rosa.  Drive straight ahead until you reach the Tagaytay-Sta.Rosa Road where you turn left across from Rose and Grace Restaurant. Drive along the Tagaytay-Sta. Rosa Road for the next seven kilometres passing Sta. Elena Subdivision, Brittany, Nuvali, and Crown Asia.

Continue onto a two-lane road passing through Silang, Cavite. Landmarks are Pasong Langka, Ponderosa, and Windsor Heights.  Follow this road until you arrive at the Tagaytay Public Market just several meters from  the Tagaytay-Calamba Road. Turn left here  --  you will be heading  in the direction of the Picnic Grove. (Meanwhile, enjoy breathtaking views of Taal Lake and Taal Volcano on your right). Turn left again on Kaykulot, a single lane road just past the entrance to the Picnic Grove. The Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center is 800 meters from this point.

Travel time: About 1 1/2 hours from Manila
Toll fee: P167 as of May 2011.

The Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center is managed by the Center for Community Transformation. Some of the buildings here were built by former street dwellers being ministered to by CCT.   Read the heartwarming story of one changed life HERE.  

 For rates and booking information, please contact Eva Lope, CCT partner development officer / guest coordinator at,, 09192933157, 09232497605, 806-6912, and 654-2536. For information on CCT'  programs and target beneficiaries, please visit