Regina Rica, Tanay Rizal

For those who are still looking for a place where they can spend time this Lenten season, there’s a sacred place in Tanay Rizal called Regina Rica.

This place features a 71-feet tall statue of Regina Rosarii (Queen of the Holy Rosary). It is called Our Lady on top of the hill by Dominican Sister’s of Regina Rosarii. The shade under the statue can seat about 70 people and there’s an adoration chapel inside the statue.

Regina Rica is open from 8:00am-5pm and it is close on Tuesdays. Taking pictures are allowed except inside the Regina Rosary Chapel. Regina Rica is located along Marcos Highway, Sitio Aguho, Sampaloc Tanay, Rizal. For more information, you can contact them at these numbers, 02 985-3878, 02 401-2036 or visit their website,

Regina Rica, Tanay, Rizal


Vista Barista: A Destination for Pastry and Gourmet Coffee Lovers

Vista Barista, Tanay, RizalJust when I thought I’ve discovered a lot of local cafés and restaurants in the province, here comes tumbling across Vista Barista on my random web browsing. And I say this is a must-visit!

Vista Barista is like the sweet extension of Halamanan Restaurant (which is just beside the café) because it is where customers can delight on their heaven-sent pastries and gourmet coffee.

The café is run by Jasmine Vista-Catolos. Their family owns Halamanan Restaurant. It was because of her passion for baking and her love for gourmet coffee that Vista Barista came to life.

cafes and restaurants in Tanay, Rizal - where to dineAside from the selection of pastries available in the shop, Jasmine also attracts more and more people to her business because of the custom cakes she does. Check Vista Barista’s Facebook page and the cakes all look adorable! I’m not a fan of eating fondant cakes though. But I would contact her to make me a Smurfs Christmas cake! 😀

Vista Barista is not all about coffee blends and pastries, they also have sandwiches, pastas, and salads. I just can’t wait to drop by to this café soon.

Vista Barista is located at 1980 Manila East Road (near corner Sampaloc Road), Tanay, Rizal. Telephone number: (02) 213.3964

Photo: Vista Barista Facebook page, Tanay Tourism, Culture and the Arts page

Tinipak River: Camping on the Great Outdoor

Tinipak River - Daraetan - Rizal ProvinceWhile some people want to spend their leisure time lounging around leather-covered seats of expensive coffee shops and diners in town, there are those who make the most out of their weekends by getting rugged in a little outdoor adventure.

If you are among the latter group, then you must have invested on some good outdoor gears which are always at hand if you’re scheduled for a camp out. Have you heard of the Tinipak River in Daraitan, Rizal?

Challenge yourself for a bit as you trek for about 30 to 45 minutes to reach the river. Although it’s becoming a popular destination among campers, what draws them to Tinipak River is lesser volume of people flocking the site.

Reminders: better go there when the weather’s dry as the rocks can be slippery, it’s scary to take risk; bring enough food to last for your stay, and your good ol’ tent, of course.

Here’s how to go to Tinipak River as shared on

Commute: From Starmall, take a jeepney ride going to Tanay. From the market which is the end point of the jeeps and FX, take another jeepney ride to Daraitan (or Daraetan). Note that there are only two scheduled trips going there daily – first trip is 1pm and next is 3pm.

If you don’t have patience to wait for these scheduled trips, take the craggy mode to reach there by first, taking a jeepney ride to Sampaloc, find ‘Gate 1’, then ride a tricycle to the habal-habal terminal going to Daraetan.

Private vehicle: Travel to Antipolo – Tanay road all the way to Sampaloc. Turn right to go to J-camp then turn left to reach Daraetan.


Where to Dine in Tanay, Rizal

If you are going to visit Tanay, you might look for restaurants where you can dine in. You can check these restaurants I have listed below.

Basnigan Sa Kamalig

Saru Saru Sa Kamalig
Sampaloc Rd.,Tanay, Rizal
693-0403 / 211-6495

Kainan Sa Tabing Lawa
Lakeshore Drive,Tanay, Rizal
654-0208 / 0908-4518578

Vista Barista / Halamanan
Manila East Rd.,Tanay, Rizal

Rodriguez St., Tanay, Rizal

Kapihan sa Kaybuli
Manila East Rd.,Tanay, Rizal

Herbal Garden

Green Gold Connection
Sitio Hugasan, Plaza Aldea,Tanay, Rizal
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The Art of Rock Balancing: Tanay’s Unique Attraction

Rock Balancing - Tanay, RizalPerhaps you’ve tried balancing various stuffs at home, attempting some circus-like moves. Or probably tried your balancing skills with the Uno Stacko.

But have you heard of rock balancing?

Wiki says: Rock balancing is an art, discipline, or hobby (depending upon the intent of the practitioner) in which rocks are balanced on top of one another in various positions. There are no tricks involved to aid in the balancing, such as adhesives, wires, supports, or rings.

Sounds interesting? Luckily, two men introduced this art in Tanay. Leandro Inocencio and Ildefonso Vista are environment enthusiasts who wanted to promote conservation of nature through their unique and completely amazing art of rock balancing.

The art of rock balancing is not an easy-breezy thing to perform considering that rocks are the most irregularly-shaped pieces on earth.

But apart from piling rocks on top of every pieces and holding them in place together without anything to support, Leandro and Ildefonso carries with them their advocacy or preserving the essence of the environment as they wow with their rock balancing.