Canaan Camp is a Filipiniana-themed camp site in the far-flung area of Cavite that offers you an excellent opportunity to worship the Lord close to nature. For more adventurous couples wanting a ‘mountain elopement-feel’ ceremony, this is not bad for a try.
Since I turned 26, I got this strong desire to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.I’ve been dreaming for a simple, secluded warm ambiance far from all the polluted loud life of the city.I’m getting tired of the chase. The naivity of shopping and acquiring stuff is getting closer to the end of the spectrum. The feeling is getting stronger each day, specially when I’m on board the hellish-like MRT train on my way to my workplace. Unfortunately, I must admit that a simple province life is something that I cannot afford at the moment.#haay. But as I wait for this dream to finally come into reality, I thank God for opportunities to experience a simple province life even for only a day.
Last Aug 1, I and my husband attended a spiritual retreat at the Canaan Camp, Magallanes, Cavite. That was actually our second time to attend such on the same place. The first time was a week before our wedding. The tiresome 2-hour travel from Imus, Cavite to this refreshing campsite co-owned by our ninong/churchmate was all worth it. Roosters, birds, cows, goats, dogs and other farm animals giving us their best wake up call early in the morning is fascinating. My husband told me that it’s a perfect picture of what the bible says about animals and plants worshiping God continually and naturally.
“Praise Him, hills and mountains, fruit trees and forests; all animals, tame and wild, reptiles and birds.” Psalm 148:9, 10
“Be glad, earth and sky! Roar sea and every creature in you: be glad fields and everything in you! The trees in the woods will shout for joy.” Psalm 96:11, 12
“Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!”Let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them! Let the trees of the forest sing, let them sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth.” 1 Chronicles 16:31-33
The Hall of Love
This is the function area which can comfortably accommodate up to 30 people.
The Camp Area
Hand painted pallet wood signs are hanged on some trees
The Friendship Hall
This serves as the dining area. It can also serve as a function area.
Tahananan ng Mabuting Pastol
The lodging area which can comfortably accommodate 5-7 people.
Bahay Kubo ni Kuya
The kitchen area with some basic cooking tools and condiments provided. We enjoyed cooking through a traditional cook stove heated by burning wood.
Hand painted pallet wood signs hanged on the doors: Lakan for gentlemen and Lakambini for gentlemen.
The Filipiniana-themed Canaan Camp is relatively new. I think it only materialized early this year. It is a venture by Bernal Family which I found out to be dominated by members with military background.I had the chance to have a quick chat with Ate Leah (a c0-owner and general manager of the camp site) who also shared with me her thoughts of simple living. “Hindi lahat ng bagay kayang bilhin ng pera. Mas gusto ko na nang ganitong buhay, simple, relax lang,” she told me. True enough.
While inside the camp, I honestly had some wedding ideas popping up in my mind. It would have been nice to hold a farm wedding here, I thought. Magallanes is already near Tagaytay and hence it is blessed with moderate temperature. Forest and fruit trees surround the vast area. But the major hurdle of course is the inaccesibilty of the venue. For more adventurous couples wanting a ‘mountain elopement-feel’ ceremony, this is not bad for a try. But as for now, let it serve its main purpose – a beautiful campsite for nature lovers.