REGINA RICA: A Very Beautiful Place

REGINA RICA: A Very Beautiful Place
REGINA RICA: A Very Beautiful Place
The very tame peacock in full regalia.

ON THURSDAY, December 10, 2015, we visited a most beautiful place in Brgy. Sampaloc in Tanay, Rizal. This is the Regina Rosarii Institute for Contemplation in Asia or simply Regina RICA.

Aside from being a very peaceful place for contemplation, one will appreciate how the sisters managing it have transformed a once brushland into a forest of mahogany trees and many other forest species. They also have exotic fruit trees, coconuts, flowering plants and many more.

REGINA RICA: A Very Beautiful Place
Photo of the peacock from behind

What fascinated us no end were the very tame peacocks, peahens and Guinea fowls. We also saw a flock of Barbados Black Belly sheep that keep the grasses low without hurting the shrubs and trees.

REGINA RICA: A Very Beautiful Place

It is no wonder, even people from far away places visit the place for their own very good reasons. At the time of our visit, there were three busloads from Manaoag, Pangasinan, one busload of Philippine Horticultural Society members headed by its president Dorie S. Bernabe, and others who went there with their own vehicles.

REGINA RICA: A Very Beautiful Place
Edna Felipe stepping on the foot bath filled with citronella leaves at the entrance of the coffee shop’s door.

One curiosity we saw: A foot bath at the entrance of a coffee shop filled with citronella leaves. You step on it upon entering the coffee shop and you will sense the aroma of the aromatic herb.

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