Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Location: Sitio Aguho Street, Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal, Philippines
Visiting Time: 8:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. except Tuesdays
Coordinates: 14°30′N 121°17′E
Total Land Area: 13.5 hectares
Nearby Cities and Municipalities: Antipolo, Pasig, Angono, Taytay and Binangonan
Descriptive Summary:
Our Lady Regina RICA with RICA means Rosarii Institute for Contemplation in Asia was founded by the Dominican Sisters of Regina Rosarii in 2009 where it is situated in a diversified landscape of hills, valleys, forests, brooks, waterfalls, grasslands, and gardens. The statue of Regina Rosarii stands 71 feet. This place is an ideal one to experience silence, serenity and simplicity in a world of crisis, chaos and confusion.

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Our Lady Regina Rosarii


Location: Brgy. Bayucan, Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal, Philippines
Coordinates: 14°30′N 121°17′E
Total Land Area: 20,000 square meters
Nearby Municipalities: Taytay, Binangonan, Angono
Nearby Body of Water: Laguna de Bay
Descriptive Summary:EPIC PARC which stands for Ecological Playground Integrated Commune for Prayer, Adventure, Recreation Culture is a 200-hectare rainforest nestled in the municipality of Tanay --- a part of Rizal province with pine trees, mountainous slopes, greeneries with breathtaking scenery and diverse landscapes with countless species of flora and fauna. As per record, it has sightings of 76 birds and century-old trees, wild and exotic plans abound.

Note: Since Google has no existing locator map of Epic Parc, the map provided here is the town of Tanay town proper which is still a 40-minute drive away from the place.

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A tree house in the midst of the Camping Ground

Tanay EPIC PARC Rainforest Camp offers a total relaxing stay as it has the best features which compliment nature. It promises you a one-package experience that is refreshing, educational, spiritual and eco-adventure that heals, recreates and revitalizes.

Part of the Rosary Trail

It has several unique nature trails that some are for relaxing and peaceful strolls during which campers can appreciate the beauty of the forest. Other trails offer rugged terrain for the thrill seekers.

The Anunciation Mystery: Part of the Rosary Trail

It has Rosary Trail which is a place for reflection and meditation. Another is Elma’s trail which is a 700-meter narrow, steep and muddy trail.

Part of the camping ground

You may also want to experience Durianan and Dagat-Dagatan Trails which is appropriate for trekking, jogging and running a race ala Suvivor Philippines as the ruggedness and wilderness of the forest challenges the camper’s journey back to the camp.

The Chapel of Our Lady of Queen of Heaven and Earth

Holy masses are officiated by invited priests if requested by the organizers of the retreats or other activities and functions held in this venue.

The EPIC House is a beauty all its own, the crowning glory of the place. It serves as the residence of the owner, Mrs. Annabelle P. Brown. She is also the President of the Alalay sa Pamilya at Bayan Foundation, Inc.

The usual amenities of a room or accomodation

Though, this camp is quite an isolated location, there is electricity power supply and so gadgets can be charged like mobile phones and other related stuff.

The spacious mess hall

The Mess Hall serves as the main dining area and reception lounge. There is specific schedule of serving meals which should be strictly followed.

Guests and Retreatants enjoying their sumptuous meal

The Culinary team of EPIC PARC are expertise in their field as the possibilities of bringing you the cuisine you like is endless. Just include it in your meal plans and presto!!!! they will be serve in your platter.

The way leading to the monkey trail

The Camp offers varied accommodations from camping grounds to standard rooms, dormitories and cottages good for more than 500 campers at one time.

The Amphitheater

Amphitheater is stone-laden, rip-rapped and open air. It is an excellent venue to perform and showcase one’s talents and skills.

TREKKING/TRAILS Rosary Trail, Dagat-Dagatan, Durianan & Elma’s Trail
GROUP DYNAMICS Bird and Fireflies Watching, Star and Moon Gazing, Bonfire

Day Tours Tour 1 P200 P100 Tour of the ground only
Tour 2 P500 P400 With packed lunch (rice toppings with veggies and drinks
Tour 3 P1,000 P800 With Seminar P1,500/with served lunch at dining hall, use of Social Hall & Teambuilding facilities
Overnight Tours Tour 4 P2,000 P1,500 With Seminar P2,500/Overnight (24 hours) with 3 meals
Tour 5 P2,500 P2,000 With Seminar P3,000/Overnight (36 hours) with 4 meals and snacks
Tour 6 P3,000 P2,500 With Seminar P3,500/Overnight (48 hours) with 6 meals and snacks


Marievic Maala (09175026612; 5029917)
Mayet Timones (09295937328; 6375200)
Brgy. Bayucan, Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


Location: Makati City, NCR, Philippines
Coordinates: 14°33′N 121°02′E
Elevation: 15.4 m (50.5 ft) City Land Area: 21.57 km2 (8.33 sq mi)
Metro Land Area: 638.55 km2 (246.55 sq mi)
No. of Districts: Two Districts
No. of Barangays: 33
Time Zone: PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code: 1200 to 1299
Dialing Code: 2
Date of Cityhood: January 2, 1995
Income Class: Highly-Urbanized City

Descriptive Summary: Makati is the financial center of the Philippines; it has the highest concentration of multinational and local corporations in the country. Major banks, corporations, department stores as well as foreign embassies are based in Makati.

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The skyscrapers along Ayala Avenue of Makati City

Makati being a highly-urbanized, modern and world-class city has all the amenities, luxuries and hotels where local and international tourist can enjoy. For booking your hotel accommodations and other relevant information, this link Makati hotels will be useful to you.

The busy street of Ayala Avenue late in the afternoon

The high-rise condominium residence towers along Ayala Avenue

Glorietta 4 with the Ascott Towers

Makati Nightscape courtesy by jan shim photography

Part of Glorietta Right Wing and Glorietta 5

The picturesque Greenbelt Park

Chain of restaurants, cafes and coffee shops at Greenbelt

The RCBC Plaza Tower (center) located in the corners of Ayala Avenue and Gil Puyat Avenue

A closer glimpse of RCBC Plaza Tower

The tallest tower is GT Tower International

The prominent Insular Life Building in the corners of Ayala Avenue and Paseo de Roxas

A shot taken from the Enterprise Tower in the corners of Ayala and Paseo de Roxas

Along Ayala Avenue with Enterprise Tower (left) and Philippine Stock Exchange Tower (right)

The glass-walled Zuellig Tower in the corners of Paseo de Roxas and Makati Avenue just opposite Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Lapu-Lapu Monument erected in the corners of Makati Avenue and Paseo de Roxas

Along Makati Avenue from the corner of Paseo de Roxas to Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue

Taken from the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in the corners of Makati Avenue and Paseo de Roxas

Photo of Zuellig Tower (left) and Mandarin Oriental Hotel (right)

The centerpiece is the One Roxas Triangle Tower in the corners of Paseo de Roxas and Cruzada Street

The Development Bank of the Philippines building (left) and on its back is the Pacific Star Building

Zuellig Tower

Along Paseo de Roxas

Along Makati Avenue

Manila Peninsula Hotel

Ayala Avenue from Manila Peninsula Hotel

Shangri-La Hotel - Makati

The Ascott Twin Towers and Glorietta 4

A green park fronting Glorietta 4 and 5

Glorietta 5 Shopping Mall

Uniqlo at Glorietta 5

Glorietta Activity Center

Still a part of Glorietta

The Greenbelt Park and its malls

Sto. Nino de Paz Chapel at the heart of Greenbelt Park

The interior of Sto. Nino de Paz Chapel

Greenbelt Park and the posh hotels around it

An open, stylish and classy restaurant at Greenbelt

Seattle's Best Coffee at Greenbelt

A busy evening at Greenbelt

Lavish shopping at Greenbelt 5

Peeping thru the glass windows of Greenbelt 5

Shoppers rush before the mall closing

Dusit Thani Hotel