Regina RICA in Tanay, Rizal

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.

Perfect view.

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.


Eleanor and Park Book Review

I decided reading this book because this was trending on my instagram account’s news feed. I got curious so I stumbled to look for an ebook version of this site over the web. Luckily, I’d found a comprehensive copy.

The story of this book is cute. For a teenager like me (by teenager I mean ‘twenteen’), I find the plot a simple yet a realistic one. It is a story about Eleanor who lives with her stepfather and her mother as well as other siblings. She has difficulty in dealing things with her father. I am also affected how pitiful their situation is. Then, there’s Park, who is an Asian boy whom Eleanor always sees inside the bus she’s riding on her way to school. This Asian boy has taken her interest as each day passed by.

The development of the story is light. It just emphasized how a thirteen year-old young ones would deal with the term ‘love.’ It just started with the topics which they are fond of talking about. The same genre of the music which they are into, the same comic books which they are reading, and the same reaction towards the other students inside the bus make Eleanor and Park to be close with one another.

I like how they became fond of each other. It’s so simple and sweet. The author has an interesting way of giving the point of view for each character. Though it’s written in third P.O.V., it seems that the characters are really saying what they think. For me, the writer has made the two characters realistic. The conflict and problem with Eleanor’s family is really happening. It really is.

I also adore the twist of the story. It’s so unpredictable. I have thought of a different twist which I thought would happened. But it didn’t. 

My favorite line or quote from Eleanor and Park is:

“It was ‘Oh my God, he’s so cute’ at first sight. If Shakespeare wanted you to believe they were in love, he wouldn’t tell you in the first scene that Romeo was hung up on Rosalie… It’s Shakespeare making fun of love.” -Eleanor

This is said during Eleanor and Park’s class about Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Eleanor is a brilliant girl. Right? 🙂

I am left hanging after the last line of the book. I won’t post those lines anymore. It is definitely a cliff hanger. xxx

(Photo is not mine. All credits go to the owner.)

Our Lady of Manaoag in Pangasinan

This post is supposedly published after our 15th Parish Pilgrimage. However, I only have the long weekend which allowed me to blog about it. Huhu. Looking on the brighter side, this weekend has given me an opportunity to do more school works.

It was August 10 when we went to Tarlac and Pangasinan for our 15th Parish Pilgrimage. And when we say Pilgrimage, it was about visiting the church and praying at each places solemnly. It wasn’t a field trip, promise. Anyway, we went to different churches, but then I should be posting about the whole trip, later.

So let the blogging begin! >:)



This is the altar of their church.

our lady of manaoag


Our Parish Priest lead the celebration of the Mass in their Church. We all attended to the Mass. But before this, we went inside their Museum. It was located before the entrance of the Church.


This describes the history and importance of Our Lady of Manaoag in their community.




These two were some of the clothes being used on the statue. We saw these two inside their museum. Aside from these, we also took photos of other statues in the museum. There were lots of them there.


Aside from attending the Mass in Our Lady of Manaoag, you can also do other things within their vicinity. They had this altar behind their altar wherein you can touch the cloth of Our Lady of Manaoag. You should fall in life before you can get there.


You can also light your candles and say a little prayer on this area. If you don’t have any candle with you, you can purchase some on the nearby vendors.


This photo is taken by Duffy. Hihi! Visit his blog? >:)

1002905_426855164096662_942152254_nThis is the big statue of Mary which you can see near the area where you would light your candles.


If you are planning to buy some pasalubong, you can already buy near the church. There are plenty of vendors who are selling different items which are all their specialty. >:)









I am really blessed after visiting this church. What makes this pilgrimage special is the fact that I’m with my grandmother, sister, and boyfriend. Hihi. Aside from being happy, I am truly blessed with these people. We are all hoping to be back at this church.