Daranak Falls, Tanay Rizal

Independence Day 2014 – My cousin from U.S. wanted to have a nature trip so we went to Daranak Falls to see nature at its best that is near the metro.


Daranak falls is a 14 meter high waterfall operated by the government. It has basic facilities like wash rooms, food store and cottages for P300.00.


It is open daily from 8:00AM to 5:00PM with entrance rate of P20.00 for adult and P15.00 for kids.


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Regina Rica, Tanay Rizal

Holy Week of 2013 – I had my solo trip to Regina Rosarii Institute for Contemplation in Asia or simply Regina Rica not only to check the place but also to pray and reflect.


Once you reach the entrance, you need to go first to the holding area for some introduction and information about their rules and regulations.


There are many places of interest and activities inside the center:


The NEW WAY OF THE CROSS will give you the opportunity to journey around the vicinity while doing the station of the cross until you reach the last station which is beside the statue of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.

Along the way, you will see the statue of St. Joseph facing our Lady. They call this area as the SAN JOSE ROTUNDA.

Before reaching the statue of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, you can drop by the RICA CHAPEL.

At the back of the statue is the LABYRINTH wherein you can meditate while walking until you reach the center of the maze.

The main attraction of the place is the OUR LADY ON TOP OF THE HILL, the large statue of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.

And this is the rewarding view once got up the large statue.

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Tanay Rizal


Map of Rizal Province (wikipedia)

Tanay is one of the 13 municipalities of Rizal Province bordered by Antipolo City, Laguna and Quezon provinces.

I was able to visit two different tourist spot in Tanay in two separate occasions:

Regina Rica on Good Friday (March 29, 2013) via Public Transport

regina rica Antipolo Church-Cogeo Market (tricycle)            P20.00 20 mins

Cogeo Market-Sampaloc Market (jeep)              P61.00 1 hour10 mins

Sampaloc Market-Regina Rica (tricycle)             P20.00 5 mins

Regina Rica-Sampaloc Market (tricycle)             P15.00 5 mins

Sampaloc Market-Tanay Crossing (jeep)            P26.00 25 mins

Tanay Crossing-Ynares Sports Complex (jeep)  P28.00 1 hour

Ynares Sports Complex-Antipolo Church (jeep)  P8.00 5 mins

                                                                            P178.00 Total


Daranak Falls on Independence Day (June 12, 2014) via Private Vehicle

daranak falls

From Antipolo Church, drive towards L. Sumulong Memorial Circle then turn right to Rodriguez Ave. and follow its straight path until you reach Teresa. Turn right to Quezon Ave. until Magsaysay Road then straight to National Road. Turn left from the intersection straight ahead. Then turn right to JP Rizal Street to reach the junction of Daranak-Tanay. Travel from Antipolo to Tanay is 1 to 1.5 hours.

Vietnam Chow

Your trip to Vietnam would not be complete without trying their famous Pho. And you can find authentic Vietnamese Pho in the street along Pham Ngu Lao.


Aside from Pho, I fell in love with their Banh Mi.


For a decent dine-in and coffee experience, you can dine at Highlands Coffee.


For nightlife experience, you can check out Crazy Buffalo also located in Pham Ngu Lao.


And for beer tasting (which was part of our itinerary), try the Saigon beer.


(you may check our budget and itinerary for this trip – Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Tour)

Pham Ngu Lao Street

If Thailand has Khao San Road as their Backpacker’s Area and Cambodia has Pub Street as the Party Hub, Pham Ngu Lao Street is both the Party Hub and the Backpacker’s Area in Vietnam.


Named after their national hero, this street is located at District 1 in Ho Chi Minh.

(you may check our budget and itinerary for this trip – Thailand, Cambodia & Vietnam Tour)


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