Church Tourism Travel
October 06, 2013
Our Visit to The Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag 2013 ♥
We went on a 4 hours drive yesterday from Manila to the province of Pangasinan. Known for its delicious food- fresh fruits and vegetables, boneless bangus, Calasiao puto and beaches, marine parks and waterfalls not to mention the famous Hundred Islands, Pangasinan. Most importantly, for the faithful Catholics, Pangasinan is also home to revered refuge of healing and devotion to Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag.
Today October 6, 2013 or every first Sunday of October is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag, (October is the Month of the Holy Rosary ) There will be a celebration of masses from 5:00 AM-12:00 NN (every hour) and at 4:00 PM followed by a solemn procession.
Our Lady of Manaoag is a miraculous church with a 400 years long history of renowned miracles and pious events. According to the legend of its origin centuries ago, A farmer was walking through a field when he heard a woman's voice. He looked around and saw the Virgin Mary with a rosary in her right hand and the child Jesus in her left, standing in a cloud veiling a treetop. The man fell to his knees before the apparition, who told him where she wanted her church to be located. He told people of his vision and soon a church was built on the spot where the lady appeared. A town quickly flourished around it and was called "Manaoag"
"Our Lady of Manaoag" actually refers specifically to an ivory statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, brought from Spain via Acapulco in the early 17th century to the Philippines by Padre Juan de San Jacinto.
Now located in the shrine in the church, the image is one of the most venerated Marian images in the country, and is thought by believers to possess healing powers as patroness of the sick, the helpless and the needy.
In the early days of Spanish colonization, animist mountain tribes attacked the village of Manaoag and set the buildings on fire with flaming arrows. Although the entire town was burned to the ground, the church was miraculously preserved. In 1898 revolutionaries burned the church down, but the image narrowly missed destruction, because it had been abandoned in a storage room behind the church.
Similarly, during WWII the Japanese bombed and utterly destroyed the town, but the church remained intact (for the most part anyway: the plaza and façade were moderately damaged). A bomb fell right through the roof and landed on the sanctuary, but miraculously didn't explode.
Six million Filipinos died in the war, but the church was spared! -
The "Lady of Manaoag", Has been believed to perform miracles and grant prayers.
We attended a mass celebration lead by Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas D.D., light a candle, offer gifts and pray the rosary. ♥
Our Lady of Manaoag image carved in detail out of a tree trunk ♥
Replica of Our Lady of Manaoag in the Candle Gallery.
Flowers for Mama Mary
While I was in there, I felt peaceful, blissful and blessed.
Multitude of Religious Articles are for sale in the market surrounding the church.
Our Lady of Manaoag also for sale in the market ♥
When I first saw these, I really thought it was puto bumbong but it was actually what they called "Tupig" a popular native delicacy from Pangasinan and Ilokano's favorite dessert, which is made out of ground glutinous rice and coconuts strips wrapped in banana leaves then cooked over charcoal.
A Must Try!
The chewy sweet center with bits of fresh young coconut strips and the crunchy charred bits will definitely make you ask for more.
The price is only at two pesos each, they will tell you that it costs 3 pcs for P10 but haggle and tell them that it is only P2 each.
Group pic at the altar with my relatives
Religious Articles that I bought to take home for my altar and had it blessed with Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas D.D. ♥
Lucky charms to help me with Studies, Travel, Success and Good Health. ♥
Have you visited The Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag?
Do you believe in Miracles?
What Miracles have you experienced in your life?
Always remember if your belief is strong, you will experienced miracles! ♥
God Bless everyone!
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THANKS, Much Love, Rochelle
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