July 6, 2023

Strength Amidst Challenges: Caleruega Philippines Empowers Spiritual Retreats

Caleruega Philippines, a retreat center that fosters spiritual healing through a deep connection with nature, faced significant hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic. Retreat houses already have seasonal income sans any other major disruptions, so with the entire world on pause during the lockdowns, their already non-profit operation became entirely unsustainable.

However, with the unwavering support of DivinaLaw, Caleruega Philippines has not only persevered but thrived in its mission of providing solace and guidance to young individuals seeking God’s presence and the beauty of His creation.

Established in 1995 as an offshoot of the World Youth Day celebration held in Manila, Caleruega Philippines swiftly became a beloved destination for those seeking spiritual retreats. Throughout the years, it has diligently served the Church and society by offering a serene space for reflection while nurturing individuals with a Christ-centered approach to life.

Apart from the pandemic, Caleruega Philippines also had to endure the phreatomagmatic eruption of Taal Volcano in January 2020. The absence of young people, halted activities, and financial hardships tested the resilience of Caleruega Philippines, mirroring the experiences of many other retreat houses and institutions.

Undeterred by adversity, Caleruega Philippines remained resolute in its mission and sought support from individuals and organizations willing to uplift them during these trying times. DivinaLaw emerged as one such organization, whose philanthropic endeavors aligned harmoniously with Caleruega Philippines’ vision.

Fr. Christopher Jeffrey Aytona of Caleruega Philippines expressed his profound gratitude to the law firm. “The Divina Law Office was one of those sent by God, who generously helped us so we could continue with our mission. Through the financial assistance received from the Divina Law Office, we were able to construct the Dominican Steps and enhance our dining area with new tables. Without their support, these developments would not have been possible. We are forever grateful for the generosity of their firm and assure them of our prayers,” he said.

DivinaLaw’s contribution played a pivotal role in crucial infrastructure improvements at Caleruega Philippines. The construction of the Dominican Steps not only enhances the retreat center’s accessibility but also symbolizes a tangible step forward amidst adversity. Furthermore, the provision of new dining area tables ensures guests can enjoy their meals in comfort, fostering a welcoming and peaceful atmosphere.

DivinaLaw Managing Partner, Nilo Divina underscored the firm’s unwavering, underscored the firm’s unwavering commitment to supporting causes that make a tangible impact on society. “We firmly believe in the importance of providing assistance to organizations like Caleruega Philippines, which serve as beacons of hope for our youth. It is our privilege to contribute to their mission and witness the positive, values-based, and Christ-oriented changes they bring to those who seek a closer relationship with God,” Divina stated.

The collaboration between Caleruega Philippines and DivinaLaw exemplifies the power of partnerships and collective efforts in overcoming challenges. Through DivinaLaw’s corporate social responsibility initiatives, the firm has not only extended a helping hand but also demonstrated a genuine commitment to nurturing the spiritual well-being of the community.