[TANAY] ▬ THE CREEPING LIGHT STARTS TO REVEAL THE GIANT BRONZE STATUE.
Most of the people here are pilgrims, some are riders doing a weekend ride while one person is just a curious lad—that's me. Well I'm neither a pilgrim or a rider this time. I'm not here for a religious purpose. As I always say, I travel because I want to learn and this place considered by pilgrims as sacred ground for their Roman Catholic faith is yet another beautiful subject to understand, discover and enjoy. So yes, I'm here as a curious traveler who wants to discover and learn new things.
[TANAY] ▬ IN FRONT OF THE TALL MAIN GATE
The right time here is 8 AM. It is that time of the day pilgrims are allowed to march to the 71-foot tall giant statue we're seeing from our present location that seemed to be rising from the dark ash then the light revealed its shiny bronze color.
[TANAY] ▬ SEEING THE STATUE ALONG THE WAY
[TANAY] ▬ I ZOOMED THE CAMERA AND HERE IT IS, CLOSER.
[TANAY] ▬ SNAKY ROAD TO THE STATUE
[TANAY] ▬ CROWD AT THE ENTRANCE GATE TO THE LADY
[TANAY] ▬ WE'RE GETTING CLOSER.
It seemed like I really can't move on with the beautiful surrounding as I joined the queue. This sanctuary is a tourist destination itself. It's as comely as a beautiful virgin lady.
[TANAY] ▬ UNDER THE CLEAR BLUE SKY
[TANAY] ▬ THIS COUPLE IS TAKING A PHOTO OF THE GIANT VIRGIN MARY STATUE.
[TANAY] ▬ A GIANT SCULPTURE OF VIRGIN MARY AND A CHILD
[TANAY] ▬ MOST OF THEM ACTUALLY QUEUED FOR A PHOTO-OPP ABOVE THE GROUND.
[TANAY] ▬ MY VERSION OF SELFIE WITH THE GIANT LADY ON A HILL.
[TANAY] ▬ CLEAR BLUE SKY
[TANAY] ▬ ANOTHER SET OF MULTITUDE IS CREEPING IN.
[TANAY] ▬ VIEW FROM THE EXIT TRAIL
[TANAY] ▬ I'M HOOKED TO THE BEAUTY OF THE 13.5-HECTARE PROPERTY.
All of the foregoing are just a touch of the whole narrative and stories that happened here. This post focused only on the the giant Virgin Mary statue where I wrote my observation and insights.
There are more to explore and learn inside this expanse of paradise. There is this spot here called as "Breasts of God." Breast? We will dig deeper so join me in my mission to unlock new learning on the next blog episodes to come. What is the significance of this so-called breasts of God in this sacred ground? ▬ to be continued...
[LUZON] ► TRAVEL BLOGSERYE
"Faces of Pilgrimage Sites: Tanay and Quiapo"
[TANAY] ► Romanticizing My First Sunrise in Rizal Province
TEASER ▬ ...the most noticeable of all is the beautiful sunrise over the mountain ranges that seemed like I was the only one who cares.
| EPISODE 02 | EPISODE 03
[TANAY] ► El Shaddai Hills: Regina RICA's 'Breast of God'
TEASER ▬ Blessings are meant to be worked on to. If God sees your sincerity and effort by living a life for His glory, then undoubtedly, you are the most deserving person to receive His abundant blessings.
| EPISODE 04
[TANAY] ▬ Handong: Vegetarianism, Nature and Religion Intertwined
TEASER ▬ It's vegetarianism on its face. No killing of animal life—it's primarily based on sustainable farming.
| EPISODE 05
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SERIES TEASER: PILGRIMAGE SITES WERE ALL MADE FOR THE FAITHFUL. THEY HAVE THE SAME PURPOSE BUT THEY MAY DIFFER IN MANY THINGS. JOIN MY TRAVEL TRAILS FROM TANAY TO QUIAPO AND DISCOVER THE INTERESTING THINGS I PERSONALLY LEARNED FROM THESE PILGRIMAGE SITES. TANAY AND QUIAPO ARE TWO OPPOSITE VARIABLES ON THEIR OWN.
14 MARCH 2015: GIANT VIRGIN MARY STATUE
JUMP SHOT WITH THE GIANT VIRGIN MARY STATUE IN TANAY, RIZAL PROVINCE, PHILIPPINES.
[TANAY] ► HELLO! WELCOME TO THE GIANT VIRGIN MARY STATUE!
► FOOTNOTES, DISCLAIMERS, ACKNOWLEDGMENT, ETC
 This post is filed under the category "Markers and Monuments." This is a category here on my blog where I write my experiences, note down my insights and post photo essays about markers and monuments I've seen or visited then I weave them into travel stories. There is a section below where you can see other related posts from this category.
 All maps I used on this post are the works of Eugene Alvin Villar and Mike Gonzalez published on Wikipedia. Source: 1 | 2
 All photos are mine.
 The insights, conditions and name of places or properties I mentioned here are based on the facts and situation on the day of my visit. Take note that you may have a different experience when you visit this giant Virgin Mary statue. Names of places and properties may also change by time.
Map Showing the Location of #Tanay
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TEASER ► ...it could remind us the bad past but it would be better if we treat this historical remnant as a reminder to acknowledge the great, good things of history.
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