Tanay’s Regina Rica: A sanctuary for those seeking a place of worship



By Marjorie Gorospe

TANAY, RIZAL—A 71-foot-tall statue of the Queen of the Holy Rosary greets visitors of Regina Rica, a sanctuary for those seeking a place of worship here.

Far from the noise of the metropolis, Regina Rica is located on top of the hill in Sitio Aguho, Barangay Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal.

The Regina Rosarii Institure of Contemplation in Asia (RICA) was put up by the Dominican Sisters of Regina Rosarii and is the sanctuary of the contemplative nuns who vowed to devote their lives to God.

The statue of the Queen of the Holy Rosary, which the nuns call “Our Lady on top of the hill,” has become a noted landmark. Devotees and sometimes tourists often take a photo of the statue. There is also a shade underneath the statue which can accommodate 70 persons.

The statue, according to Sister Eppie Brasil, mother superior and one of the founders of Regina Rosarii, shows to the world the power of Mother Mary as woman, full of grace and an intercessor.

A six-foot replica of the statue, a creation of sculptor Jose Barcena, Jr., can be seen inside.

“She will bring our prayers to her Son, Jesus. As we sit, walk, climb, wander and wonder at Regina Rica you will see that God is present in everything. God indeed speaks in all things, in all events, in every drop of rain that falls on the ground,” Sister Eppie says.

A mass is often held at Regina Rica every Sunday. However, visitors can still reflect while roaming around a foot path in the woods surrounding the place where a hanging bridge and organic gardens are found. Visitors will also notice that the temperature is cooler in Regina Rica because of its location.

On September 8, a special morning mass will be held because this day is the feast of Mother Mary.

Regina Rica does not give accommodations for those who wish to stay over night. Visitors can instead visit the place for a whole day for free.

For more information, visitors can visit the Regina Rica website or call telephone number (02)401-2036. Photos courtesy of the Regina RICA website and Benedict Esber.

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nakapunta na kami ng husband ko sa lugar na ito sa tanay rizal, first time ko lang po makapunta sa ganung klaseng lugar at sobrang tahimik at napaka sariwa ng hangin. pakiramdam mo nasa isang lugar ka na malapit sa Panginoon….Mama Mary please guide us always….

maan says:

been longing to visit mama mary in this place…hoping and praying for guidance in going there

maan says:

I’ve been longing to visit this place……wish Mama Mary will guide us in going there this weekend

always on my dreaming that tosee where are you,i dont know youbut you always beside me…..we adore you mother mary rica riginarosarii

ma.corazon bagtong says:

gud evening..im mc lagi po akong nagbabasa ng radiance book.kaya ngkaroon ako ng interes na pumunta sa tanay rizal hope mama mary will guide me to get there..god bless po