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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.
"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."

[TANAY, RIZAL, PHILIPPINES] ► The world is made up of a complex system with interesting facts, figures and wonders. However, sometimes it is also shrouded with mystery and symbolism. Symbols have been here since the prehistoric age to represent the belief, allegiance or the faith of the people, a culture and/or a social group. In Tanay's Regina RICA, there are two (2) hills they consider as the 'Breast of God."

REGINA RICA, TANAY, RIZAL

[TANAY] ▬ SITTING ON TOP OF ONE OF THE EL SHADDAI HILLS


▬ A Symbol of Abundance ▬


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FOR REGINA RICA, A POPULAR PILGRIMAGE SITE in Tanay, Rizal where a giant Virgin Mary statue is located, El Shaddai Hills are synonymous to abundance. These two hills are located within the pilgrimage site's perimeter in Sitio Aguho of Barangay Sampaloc.

The official logo of Regina RICA also used these hills to represent them. For this religious institution, they consider these two hills as the breasts of God which they believe a source of abundant blessings. On the other hand, "El Shaddai" is a Hebrew name which means "God Almighty."

[TANAY] ▬ THE OFFICIAL LOGO OF REGINA RICA IS COMPOSED OF TWO HILLS.

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▬ Climbing the El Shaddai Hills ▬


THESE TWO HILLS ARE NOT HIGH ENOUGH to be difficult to climb. There are concrete stairs especially made to make climbing easier. It's like a walk in the park. No vigorous effort is needed for a healthy indivudual.


[TANAY] ▬ EL SHADDAI HILL HOLDS THE GIANT VIRGIN MARY STATUE


The El Shaddai Hill where the statue is located has an established trail complete with railings to secure and aid the climbing pilgrims.

The other hill has no statue but it is a less crowded and a more peaceful place to reflect and enjoy the surrounding view.

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[TANAY] ▬ VIEW FROM THE EL SHADDAI HILLS

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[TANAY] ▬ ENJOYING A REFRESHING GREEN EXPANSE AS SEEN FROM THE HILLTOP

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[TANAY] ▬ SEEING THE CHAPEL BELOW


For Regina RICA, these are sacred hills since they represent God's breast—according to them—and visitors are expected to respect the place.

Regina RICA encourages everyone to pause on this hill and say a prayer for blessings to come. However, for pilgrims wanting to come here for the purpose of expecting abundance by climbing the hill, do not expect an instant answer to your prayers because blessings don't come instantly by just visiting this place of abundance. 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. Do not just rely on El Shaddai Hills because the real source of abundance is the God Almighty who reigns in heaven. ▬ to be continued...

[LUZON] ► TRAVEL BLOGSERYE


STORIES OF TOWN EXPLORATIONS
"Faces of Pilgrimage Sites: Tanay and Quiapo"


EPISODE 01

[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

[TANAY] ► Giant Virgin Mary Statue on a Hilltop: For Tourists, Pilgrims


TEASER ▬ 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.

| EPISODE 03 | 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: EL SHADDAI HILLS
ME ON TOP OF ONE OF THE EL SHADDAI HILLS IN RIZAL PROVINCE, PHILIPPINES.

REGINA RICA

[TANAY] ► HELLO! WELCOME TO EL SHADDAI HILLS!


► FOOTNOTES, DISCLAIMERS, ACKNOWLEDGMENT, ETC

[1] This post is filed under the category "Hills." This is a category here on my blog where I write my experiences, note down my insights and post photo essays about hills 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.

[2] All maps I used on this post are the works of Eugene Alvin Villar and Mike Gonzalez published on Wikipedia. Source: 1 | 2


[3] All photos are mine.

[4] 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 El Shaddai Hills. Names of places and properties may also change by time.

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