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.
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