Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Retreat Center Has New Building, Features

The Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center has a brand new building and several new exciting outdoor features for both children and adults.

The new building, an octagonal structure nicknamed Pabilyon, houses a snack bar on the ground floor and a game room on the second floor.

Recently-added outdoor facilities are two basketball / volleyball courts, amphitheater-style seating, a children's play area (, exercise machines, and a trampoline.  An obstacle course will also soon be completed.

The Tagaytay Retreat and Training Center is run by the Center for Community Transformation (CCT) Group of  Ministries and is ideal for conferences, workshops, seminars, and similar activities.

The Pabilyon and a few other buildings at the retreat center 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 partners development officer / CCT servant, at,, 09192933157, 09232497605, 806-6912, and 654-2536. For information on the CCT Group of Ministries, its programs, and target beneficiaries,  please visit

In keeping with the CCT aim of preserving Filipino arts and traditions, the snack bar features
 Vigan-inspired design, low tables, and native mats.   The low tables are called dulang which were used
 by Filipino families during pre-colonial periods.
The capiz paneling of the counter is another feature that reminds one of Filipino ancestral homes.  

Guests may write prayer requests on Post-It notes and stick them on this
prayer wall.  Prayer items will be prayed about by the retreat center staff and
construction workers during their daily morning devotions. 

Games to be enjoyed on the second floor include table tennis, darts, billiards, air hockey, table football (foosball),
x-box, and board games.   

The trampoline. Beyond providing lots of fun, trampolining strengthens muscles and enhances coordination
and flexibility.

This set of  amphitheater-style seats adjacent to the Pabilyon  is an excellent area
 for an early morning worship service.   
Photos by Ciara Tan

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