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“It's worth the trip”
Review of Regina Rica

Regina Rica
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Tanay
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 28, 2014

As part of the holy week activity as a catholic my family planned to do Visita Inglesia last Holy Thursday April 17, 2014. Visita Iglesa is going to 14 different churches as each church represents one station in praying the Stations of the cross. Regina Rica is our Second Station next to Antipolo since we are coming from Quezon City. There is a long traffic in the main road so we decided to park our vehicle to the parking space near the main road because we taught vehicles are not allowed to get inside the shrine. We had to walk about 1.5 kms from where we parked to the entrance of the shrine. From the entrance there is along queue before we were accommodated to the reception area for a short briefing about the place. After the briefing we were allowed to explore the place. It is a nice place for meditation. They have the big Image of the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. They also have Kubos/nipa huts near their restaurants and you can use that fro free. They also have a mini zoo, a hanging bridge and several "duyans" / native swings. I enjoyed my visit to this shrine but I think it would be better to go here on ordinary days to enjoy its serenity. Visiting time 8:00am-5:00 pm, but they are closed on Tuesdays. You can contact them at 09192694286 / 3725327.... e-mail: reginarosarii@yahoo.com and their website : www.reginarosarii.org

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Reviewed April 18, 2014

It was a weekend prior to the Holy week when we visited the church for the first time. It was indeed a pilgrim the moment you enter the premise as the church is too far from the entrance itself. We managed to hear mass despite the late schedule and volunteers and nuns are everywhere to assist us with the partaking of the bread. The place is huge that there are two floors that can accommodate the flock of church goers. And despite the fact that we are seated outside, we can still hear the whole ceremony clearly.

After hearing mass, we took the steps going to the huge shrine of the Holy Rosary. There is quite a line for those who wants to offer prayer and lit a candle for requests. And make sure to come quietly.

And lastly, apart from the shrine, there is also a labyrinth of steps where kids can enjoy walking around until they reach the end of the steps. This will served as part of their pilgrim. But note, once you take the 300 steps to the shrine, just make sure to wear something ideally such as skirts longer below the knee, while sleeveless are not allowed. Because of distance, Regina Rica can be a good place for pilgrims.

4  Thank Sherrylyn D
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Reviewed March 26, 2014

An afternoon of scenic and silent moments await you once you step inside this place of contemplation run by the Dominican Sisters of Regina Rosarii. We went there one afternoon to explore and what we got was an experience of health and wellness not only for the body but also for our souls. The 71 foot statue of the Madonna stands awesomely quiet amid the panoramic hills of Tanay. Securely watched and taken care of, the place was well maintained thanks to the generosity of people who visit. The few nuns we were able to come in contact with are very accomodating and they willingly answered all our questions. The improvements are well planned and the washroom is clean. The sister told us that there were two masses on Sundays and one during ordinary days. They have made use of contour engineering for the roads and you will know that the structures that they have constructed on the hills are all structurally okay. The lovely ladies manning the reception and the shops are dressed pleasantly in their candy-colored uniforms. The all vegetable sandwich is a winner. And best of all, you do not pay for entrance fees as it is free. Really, the place beckons...

7  Thank Pinoyland
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Reviewed February 2, 2014

Facilities are great. Hosts are friendly and gracious. Food is excellent. Bread is freshly baked. All amenities are very clean.

6  Thank JEFFREY P
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Reviewed February 1, 2014

Not being a religious person, I went with an open mind, as obviously Regina Rica is aimed at people of the Catholic faith. I was quite surprised, it's a pleasant, relaxing area, with a surprisingly good and interesting building/sculpture/statue at the top of the site depicting Mary and child. From the balcony, accessible through the interior of the statue, there is an excellent panoramic view of the area.
After wandering through the various garden areas, which are at the beginning of a work in progress, we visited the chapel (modern and nice), and the cafe/restaurant where they served a simple lunch menu of pancit, deep fried lumpia, pastries and shakes, very pleasant, even for a westerners taste.
While having lunch we noticed that everyone else seemed to be buying bread to take out, so we copied. Glad we did as it was delicious, and now wished that we had bought more.

Well worth a visit now and, I suspect, even more so in a couple of years when the gardens are more established, and buildings completed.

One comment though ... not knowing Manila that well I found that it was not an easy place to find as the address given cannot be found on Google map, and suggests that it is located in Tanay. The summary map provided on the website was a little ambiguous ("at about 66.5 kms. turn right" 66.5 Regina kms from where?) It would be a lot easier if a "Google Map/GPS grid reference" was given (can be programmed into car GPS) and/or the summary map on the website made a little clearer.

Well worth the visit, and would go back again in a couple of years.

6  Thank Dick L
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