A-List: Rich Lady,Rich Spirituality

   It was a sunny Saturday afternoon when we traveled into one of the hidden gem of Tanay kept between its hills. If you are in pursuit of spiritual jaunt, in a place unknown by  many, that hum of nature’s sound, where you can solemnly talk to God and pray, well this place fits for you.
  Nested in between the hills, Regina Rosarii Institute for Contemplation in Asia or better known as Regina Rica is a place for spiritual growth and recollection.

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REGINA ROSARII: Photographed from afar.

  Due to its location, the altitudes of the place gives us direct sun exposure most especially during this summer season where you can easily feel the heat while walking up to the hill. Unfazed by the heat, updraft air from the east, we continue our journey to have a closer look to our mother. Ever wonder why Dominican Sisters called it as Regina Rica? The word Rica comes from a spanish word which means Rich Lady. As the Queen, as she was full of grace.

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REGINA RICA: Full of Grace

Going up to the lady statue, you will came across these lovely blooming flowers enshrined at the side of the staircase. That green sceneries are  reminders of abundancies of nature.

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Faithfuls flocks at the footsep of the lady. Awed in reverence, people who came in this place prays and pay praise to the mother and to Her Holy Child.

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CLOUD CAST and RICA

 
   The cloud set in the sky and the triangular shape of the Lady makes it perpendicular to this photo.

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Going down from the hill, you will see the Chapel of Regina Rica.

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Inside the Chapel

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The Main Altar

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If you are planning to visit this place, it is located at Brgy. Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal. It is highly recommended to have a car when you are going there.

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  You can also go to this place if you were planning to commute instead. There are UV express van at the Starmall EDSA Shaw transporting to Tanay for P 70.00 and once you are in Tanay, ride a jeep heading to Sampaloc (P 28.00) and you will be dropped off to a tricycle terminal and another ride going to Regina Rica will cost you P 20.00 via tricycle.
  Visiting Regina Rica is for free! But maintaining the sacredness and its facilities are still supported by in- kind financial donations so you can donate in any amount to sustain and maintain the place.
   That’s all for my visit in Regina Rica. I have another blog when I visited San Ildefonso de Toledo Church which is also located in Tanay. See you to my next travel diary!

Arvin Valencia

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