Reaching the Regina RICA in Tanay, Rizal
05.10.2014 - 05.10.2014 29 °C
We are a family of Roman Catholics. We grew in the church, we learned many great things in the church, I earned many beautiful experiences that helped me grew to what I am now because of the church. My parents are devotees of Mother Mary, and they raced us the same. My sister and I are active members of the Association of Children of Mary Immaculate, even until now that we are far from our home parish.
To find a very special religious place dedicated to Mother Mary is such an exciting destination. In fact, I have been planning to pay visit to Regina RICA since I discovered it through a funrun invite. That funrun was supposed to be in Tanay and when I searched for anything more to do in the place, I have browsed the Regina RICA.
You really need to charter a private car to get to Regina RICA.
For our family to come from San Jose del Monte City in Bulacan, the trip took us about 2 hours to get there. I doubt if there's public transport that passes through or nearby. We followed the Marcos Highway all the way to the end (seems like the end though). My father kept asking how far it is yet every time we passed a village, an intersection, a corner turn. Just be patient though, since you will only notice some signage about the destination beyond San Jose, Antipolo.
Things to do
Be ready to walk up and down the hill. Start your climb through the St. Mary's Trail, then wait for the orientation (for firsttimers) at the foot of the 71-foot Mother Mary statue. A 10:40am holy mass is daily celebrated, should you miss it, say a prayer at the adoration chapel inside the statue.
Subscribe to ATM (Adopt a Tree Movement); light a 20-peso candle; and join the MOM - at least for us (don't know if this million signature campaign will last for a long time).
There's only one small restaurant inside the area, with limited choices, easily get crowded and emptied with food stocks. Better bring in foods and there are plenty of picnic areas and cottages to unload them all.
RICA by the way stands for Rosarii Institute of Contemplation in Asia. Take note, the place is closed on Tuesdays.