Regina RICA stands for Regina Rosarii Institute for Contemplation in Asia and is located along Marcos Highway in Sitio Aguho, Sampaloc, Tanay Rizal.

Before I tell you how to get to Regina RICA, I think the questions that needs to be answered first are, WHAT exactly is Regina RICA and WHY would you go to Regina RICA?

the WHAT

Regina RICA started with Sr. Eppie Brasil, OP who founded the Dominican Sisters of Regina Rosarii way back in 1998.  The Regina Rosarii Contemplative Association grew over the years and in 2009 they established the Regina Rosarii Institute for Contemplation in Asia (Regina RICA) in Tanay, Rizal which quickly became a popular pilgrimage site.

The primary mission of Regina RICA and the Dominican Sisters of Regina Rosarii is to teach as many people as they can about contemplative prayer and the contemplative way of life.  The sisters holds dear the words of Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner “In the days ahead, you will either be a mystic (one who has experienced God for real) or nothing at all.”

the WHY

As I mentioned earlier Regina RICA is now one of the most popular pilgrimage sites here in the Philippines.  For those seeking to experience God, this is a wonderful place to start.   Regina RICA, the sisters say, is a place of prayer, pilgrimage and peace.

Here I am at the gates of Regina RICA
Here I am at the gates of Regina RICA

 

It is not a park or a recreational activity area.  Everyone are welcome to enter Regina RICA and there are no entrance fees to pay, however, each one is required to be on their best behavior when they are inside the sacred place.  Attend to the pilgrims’ need for silence and respect the sanctity and cleanliness of the area.

There is also a dress code – short shorts and too revealing upper garments are not allowed.  But don’t worry, if by accident you forgot about this rule, they have stores inside the place that sells long skirts and shawls so that you can still go around the area even if you are wearing inappropriate clothing.

Check out the two young ladies - they're not nuns. They're visitors wearing skirts and shawls provided by Regina RICA. I guess they're both wearing short shorts.
Check out the two young ladies – they’re not nuns. They’re visitors wearing skirts and shawls provided by Regina RICA. I guess they’re both wearing short shorts.

Regina RICA is an up and down the hill kind of place.  The centerpiece is an iconic 71-foot statue of the Our Lady on Top of the Hill.

Inside the statue is a place called SULOD.  Also known as Regina RICA’s sanctuary of universal love and devotion.  Keep in mind, that you can take pictures anywhere inside the whole facility except for inside the SULOD.  I went to Regina RICA last April 18 (Good Friday), and there were a lot of pilgrims inside the place.  A long line greeted me upon reaching the top of the hill all waiting to get their chance to enter the SULOD.

There are two ways to get to the SULOD and the Our Lady on Top of the Hill.  You can either take Mary’s Sacred Trail which takes you to follow a brick pathway that leads directly to the icon or you can follow the Way of the Cross, 14 stations that leads you along a winding road all over the area leading you to the icon on top of the hill but touring you as well to Regina RICA’s other facilities such as the Organic Gardens, Regina RICA Chapel, San Jose Rotonda, Labyrinth, Candle Stands, Koi Pond, Flower Gardens, Kakahuyan and Sunflower Trail.

Mary's Sacred Trail
Mary’s Sacred Trail

Regina RICA also have dozens of gazeebos, bahay kubo, tents, some animals, livestock and a couple of small restaurants.

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The best way to experience Regina RICA is of course by foot just like a pilgrim, however there are also shuttle vans inside the facility that can take you from the gate to the chapel and all the way to the SULOD on top of the hill and back down again for only 5 pesos.

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the HOW

Okay, now that you have more or less a picture of what Regina RICA looks like, here’s how to get to the place:

I took the Cubao-Cogeo route last Good Friday.  From Cubao to Tanay it took me about 2 to 2 1/2 hours to get there. Total Transporation Expense: P110.00 (one way from Cubao to Tanay) 

  1. Go to Aurora Boulevard, Gateway. Get a jeep or UV Express to Cogeo Market. (P35.00 for an FX ride)
  2. Go down at the Cogeo Town Plaza then go to City Mall of Antipolo (Market) to get a jeep to Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal.  This will pass by Marcos Highway.  (P61.00 for a Jeepney ride to Sampaloc, Tanay)
  3. When you reach Sampaloc, Tanay market.  Get a tricycle to Regina RICA Sitio Aguho Street.  It will bring you to the Regina RICA guard house. (P15.00 for a tricycle ride to Regina RICA)
your first landmark is the Cogeo Town Plaza
your first landmark is the Cogeo Town Plaza
Turn right from the intersection and you'll find the City Mall of Antipolo - this is where the Sampaloc bound Jeepneys are parked
Turn right from the intersection and you’ll find the City Mall of Antipolo – this is where the Sampaloc bound Jeepneys are parked
This is Sampaloc Market, Tricycles going to Regina RICA are parked below this sign board
This is Sampaloc Market, Tricycles going to Regina RICA are parked below this sign board
Tricycles will then bring you to this area, you'll have to walk from here all the way to the gates of Regina RICA because tricycles are not allowed to go inside.
Tricycles will then bring you to this area, you’ll have to walk from here all the way to the gates of Regina RICA because tricycles are not allowed to go inside.

There is also the Shaw route which I didn’t take.

  1. Go to Star Mall at EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard and get a van or jeep going to Tanay.  This will bring you to Tanay town proper.
  2. Tell the driver to direct you to the parking area of the Tanay Sampaloc jeepneys.
  3. Get the Tanay Sampaloc Jeep and go down at the market place in Sampaloc, Tanay.
  4. Get a tricycle to Regina RICA Sitio Aguho Street . It will bring you inside the Regina RICA guard house

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It is certain that it will be a challenging long trip for everyone but I also promise you that it will be worthwhile.

Regina RICA is open from 8:00am to 5:00pm everyday except on Tuesday.  The place is closed every Tuesday.

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How to Get to Regina RICA Pilgrimage Site in Tanay, Rizal

37 thoughts on “How to Get to Regina RICA Pilgrimage Site in Tanay, Rizal

  • May 14, 2014 at 10:48 am
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    sir saan ba madaling dumaan papunta sa regina rica… pls send me more details tiga zabarte caloocan po kami… magdadala kami nang sasakyan po…. maspalapit ba pag sa antipolo ka dadaan baba sa terese tapus saan po kami papunta na… thanks for your reply.. my no 09154241352

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    • May 14, 2014 at 11:36 am
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      Hi Ricardo, I went there commuting and using all available public utility vehicles from Cogeo to Tanay. I am not so sure and have not tried going there with a vehicle so I think I won’t be that credible to give you directions yet. I am limited only to the knowledge of the route that I mentioned. Sorry, that I wasn’t that much of a help with that.

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  • January 9, 2015 at 8:55 am
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    Thank you so much for this direction. I really appreciate it. I have been wanting to go here even alone. I promised that to Mama Mary since last year and I haven’t fulfilled it. Thanks again.

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  • March 30, 2015 at 11:35 am
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    Sir, what time kayo nakadating dun and what time kayo natapos dun?

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    • March 30, 2015 at 1:44 pm
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      I went there on a Good Friday, so the place is a bit crowded than usual. You’ll need at least a half day to experience Regina RICA, but you have to leave Manila early.

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  • June 13, 2015 at 8:38 am
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    how can we reach Regina RICA if are from batangas city…

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  • September 11, 2015 at 1:24 pm
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    can we help to plant trees to your compound?

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  • January 9, 2016 at 8:04 pm
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    Thank u Sir for the direction. Appreciate much.

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  • February 16, 2016 at 9:47 am
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    Sir, from windmill may tricycle po ba going to Regina Rica or we need to go back to tanay public market? How much it will cost?
    TIA.

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    • February 16, 2016 at 11:02 pm
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      Hi I am not sure if there are tricycle that will take you straight from the wind farm to Regina RICA. I haven’t tried doing that yet. Will try to ask some friends and get back to you on that. 🙂

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    • April 16, 2016 at 2:57 am
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      Hi. This reply may be a little late but there are trikes who offer rides to regina and windmill and back to sampaloc market. One driver negotiated with us and asked for 300pesos the whole trip plus the fare going to regina since we’re not really sure about the offer when he asked us yet. Hope this helps 🙂

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  • March 3, 2016 at 6:15 pm
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    kahit gavihin ba may bijahe pauwi,taga nueva ecija kc kmi sir,thank u

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    • March 25, 2016 at 7:58 am
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      Paano papunta sa regina rica.tnx

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      • March 26, 2016 at 8:59 am
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        Hi Luz, it depends on where you’re coming from. But I have shared here some routes you can take if you’re coming from EDSA 🙂 Thanks for reading.

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    • May 29, 2016 at 9:15 am
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      Any passenger vehicles that goes up to Cogeo. Or one that goes straight to Tanay. I think there are some that passes by Ortigas Avenue extention. 🙂

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    • July 5, 2016 at 8:46 am
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      Hi Tinzkie, tricycle din was 15 Pesos.. but that was 2 years ago 🙂

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    • July 28, 2016 at 9:02 pm
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      Hi ilang oras po byahe from edsa to regina rica????. .. . And how much kya pamasahe xa public vehicles?

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  • July 3, 2016 at 11:11 am
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    I took time reading your blog and find it so helpful thank you sir for posting these directions.
    God Bless

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  • October 12, 2016 at 10:29 am
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    how to get to regina rica when you’re from manila?

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  • November 11, 2016 at 5:45 am
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    Hi sir, kapag pauwi ba going back to cubao e vice versa lang? Thanks!

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  • March 29, 2017 at 8:56 am
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    hi sir i would like to ask. if ever na lalakarin namen ito where should we start? mag aalay lakad po kasi kami this coming mahal na araw. ang next stop namin ay sa regina rica. and kung limited lang ba ang open nito. thank you so much

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    • March 29, 2017 at 9:14 am
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      Hi, I am afraid that if you’ll be coming Manila or even in Cogeo, Antipolo.. it will be very difficult for your group to go to Regina RICA by foot.. it’s really very far, can take you the whole day to do that – and the site is not open 24 hours. Pero wala naman limit as to the number of pilgrims who would like to visit. I suggest that you take a car or commute to the place.. and then do your Alay Lakad inside Regina RICA- it’s a huge place, doing the Way of the Cross may take you already a day, it’s that big. 🙂

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  • April 15, 2017 at 5:46 pm
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    Thanks for your time and effort to share this info about regina RICA.

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  • April 15, 2017 at 10:08 pm
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    Salamat sa direksyon Rain! Will try visiting the place tomorrow. 🙂

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  • November 17, 2017 at 2:41 pm
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    Halos lahat ng kailangan kong basahin at hanapin nandito na. Thank you sa info. 🙂

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