Our Lady of Manaoag is one of the main reasons why I have always wanted to visit the beautiful province of Pangasinan. Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag is believed to be miraculous by the majority of Catholics. According to Wikipedia, some of the earliest miracles attributed to Our Lady of Manaoag, including the original apparition, are depicted in the murals of the church. One instance that proved that it is miraculous, is during the 2nd World War. The Japanese forces dropped several bombs within the church’s vicinity and miraculously, the structure was only moderately damaged. The last bomb fell into the sanctuary, but it did not explode.
My humble experience
To tell you frankly, I am not a devout Catholic, but I do believe in miracles. So, upon arriving at Our Lady of Manaoag, I instantly felt a miracle happened to me. It is like all the anger and physical pain just went away — That I am totally healed and renewed person.
Words cannot describe how grateful I am to be in this sacred place. I have been feeling spiritually empty because of the problems I have been having lately, but right after talking to Him, I felt that my faith has been restored. It was a life-changing experience, indeed.
Things to do in Our Lady of Manaoag
- Hear the mass
- Pray the rosary
- Visit the Our Lady of Manaoag Museum and Rosary/Shrine garden
- Get a bottle of holy water
- Light candles and offer some prayers in the candle gallery
- Have your vehicles and religious articles blessed
- Visit the stalls outside the church selling different kinds of fruits, religious articles, and delicious delicacies. Tupig is a must-try delicacy when in Pangasinan.
Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag Telephone Number
(075) 529 0132
How to get to Manaoag from Dagupan
Ride a van going to Manaoag. Travel time is 1 hour. The fare is around Php 60
How to get to Manaoag from Manila
Go to Cubao station and take a bus bound for Manaoag. I believe the Dagupan Bus Line has a direct trip to Manaoag.