It was November 30, 2012 when I first visited Regina Rica. I even posted about it on my blog. Today, January 31, 2014, I got another chance to visit this wonderful place.
After the orientation with a nun from Dominican Sisters, we immediately started to walked the trail going to Mama Mary. The trail started here:
As mentioned by Sister Efy (not sure about her name), RICA is a place for prayer. Their sole purpose is to let the people draw closer to God through contemplating. They are encouraging every visitor to pray and contemplate as they walk. They also encourage the people not to be noisy because the place is kept to be holy.
When I reached the top of the hill, I noticed the candle lighting station there. I didn’t hesitate to pick a candle for my intention. There’s a donation for that candle, too. After picking out what candle to light, I also picked a paper to write my intentions on it. I had two papers, good enough to cater my prayers. Then, I already went to the station meant for the lighting of the candles. There you would find a prayer to be read as you light your candle.
I had no chance to take a picture of a place they call ‘Labyrinth’ because I had fun while walking on it. It was a trail as well, a circular one, which allowed the people to follow the blocks which will be leading them. The end station of the trail was in its center part. There stood a tree wherein you can pray silently.
I didn’t have a chance to visit the Adoration Chapel. But it’s located inside the image of Mary. We just had our some pictures near Mary’s image.
This was on our way down the trail.
Picture with Ate Beth, my friend and church mate.
Literally, a lost sheep who visited us during our lunch.
If you are tired listening to the voices you hear in the city, you must visit this place. Even though its location is too far from Manila, you will surely find it worthy to visit. In just one day, I have attended the Mass, been healed, and been blessed. I also find this place perfect for recollections, retreats, and other contemplating activities.
I also adore their VEGIE SANDWICH. This sandwich is made purely of vegetables. Their bread is also free from any oil for it was steamed. This costs P100.00 but good for three persons.
If you’re interested, call the good people who made this place possible. You may reach them by calling 401-20-36.