10 things to do while at the Our Lady of Manaoag Church, Pangasinan

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10 things to do while at the Our Lady of Manaoag Church, Pangasinan


The mere mention of the province of Pangasinan always reminds me of the much celebrated Our Lady of Manaoag Church.

The other half of my ancestors actually came from the town of Manaoag, so when I say I've been there for more than a hundred times already, I'm telling you the truth.

So, what's interesting about the Our Lady of Manaoag Church?

The title's associated image, which is supposedly miraculous, is enshrined inside the church. The statue is a 17th-century ivory image of the Virgin Mary carrying the child Jesus and was brought to the Philippines from Spain via the Manila galleon from Acapulco by a priest named Juan de San Jacinto.
Documents dating back to 1610 attest that a middle-aged farmer walking home heard a mysterious female voice. He looked around and saw on a cloud-veiled treetop an apparition of the Virgin Mary, holding a rosary in her right hand and the Child Jesus in her left arm, all amidst a heavenly glow. Mary told the farmer where she wanted her church to be built, and a chapel was built on the hilltop site of the apparition, forming the nucleus of the present town. (Source: Wikipedia)

That's the history. But how about the present?

Here are the things you can do while at the church. (Photos via smartphone camera)


1.  Have your new car blessed.


Have your new car blessed. Our Lady of Manaoag Church


2. Visit the museum of the Our Lady of Manaoag.


Visit the Our Lady of Manaoag museum.


3. Get a bottle or two of supposedly miraculous, healing water.


Our Lady of Manaoag Church - Get a bottle or two of supposedly miraculous, healing water.


4. Take a stroll around the churchyard.


Take a stroll around the churchyard. Our Lady of Manaoag Church


5. Attend the mass (the most important!)


Attend the mass at Our Lady of Manaoag Church


6. Light candles to remember your dearly departed.


Our Lady of Manaoag Church -Light candles to remember your dearly departed.


7. Buy the delicious Manaoag "tupig" by the dozens.



Buy the delicious Manaoag "tupig" by the dozens.


8. Buy more of the Manaoag local delicacies for "pasalubong" to your friends.


Buy more of the Manaoag local delicacies for "pasalubong" to your friends.


9. Get your favorite "Our Lady of Manaoag" collectibles.


Get your favorite "Our Lady of Manaoag" collectibles.


10. And lastly, but definitely not the least: Post for selfies at the front of the church.


Post for selfies at the front of the Our Lady of Manaoag church.


Traveling to Manaoag, Pangasinan is fun and I'm sure you can find a lot more ways to enjoy. Roam around and discover more :)

(Source: Manila: Day & Night)



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