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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Shrine of the Virgin Mary at Regina RICA

The huge statue of the Virgin Mary at Regina RICA (Rosarii Institute for Contemplation in Asia) is the biggest I’ve seen. It could house a small number of devotees inside for a mass or prayer vigil. I first heard about this place from my fellow mountain bikers and finally, a few months ago, me and my photography friends was able to visit it.

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The huge complex of Regina RICA is complete with Mary’s Sacred Trail, a chapel, Stations of the Cross (on a hill), gardens, Columbarium, a place to eat and a place to stay. It’s a great destination this coming Holy Week 2014.

The marker below the huge statue of the Virgin Mary reads:

The Dominican Sisters of Regina Rosarii gratefully acknowledge all those who helped build Regina RICA and have made it possible for Our Lady, Regina Rosarii to stand on top of this hill:

Jesse & Wilma Ignacio and family

Tess and Jerry Zenit and family

Evelyn & Bobby Malazarte and family

Delia & Frank Abueva and family

St. Ignatius Charity Foundation Inc.

Aid to the Church in Need, Germany

ATM Members, Adopt a Tree Movement

ROCA, Regina Rosarii Contemplative Association

ROSA, Regina Rosarii Service Assistants

Club 513

Other mission partners and anonymous friends whose names are known to God alone.

Unveiled and blessed by Fr. Eladio Neira OP, Vice Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Holy Rosary, and the Most Rev. Francisco M. de Leon DD, Auxiliary Bishop of Antipolo, on the feast of our patron, St. Joseph, March 19, 2010, a special Year for the Priests.

Designed and sculpted by artist, Jose Barcena Jr.

Regina RICA is located in Tanay, Rizal.

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Details of the largest Marian statue I’ve ever seen – the Regina Rosarii at Tanay, Rizal, Philippines.

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The marker of the Regina Rosarii shrine at Tanay, Rizal.

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Each color of these candles have a specific function or prayer.

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Detail of the cherubim at the statue of Regina Rosarii, Tanay, Rizal.

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The Chapel at Regina RICA. It has a huge pyramid-like roof.

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One of the Stations of the Cross at Regina RICA.

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Regina RICA also has a Columbarium for our dearly beloved who passed away.

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A nice view of the surrounding areas from the Chapel.

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The main altar at the Chapel in Regina RICA.

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Wonderful painting at the Chapel in Regina RICA, Tanay, Rizal.

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The Statue of Regina Rosarii is the biggest statue of the Virgin Mary that I’ve ever been to.

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The Chapel and the Marian Statue.

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Regina RICA has several houses like this one. I believe it’s for devotees who wanted to sleep over, for a fee of course.

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Statue of Christ, our Shepherd.

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One of the Stations of the Cross at Regina RICA, Tanay, Rizal.

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Regina RICA is full of flowers – lots of it.

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