One of the religious churches in the province of Pangasinan, the Church of Our Lady of Manaoag, located in Manaoag, Pangasinan, purportedly has a long history of miraculous and pious events that are duplicated in the murals all over the church. This is done so that the events will never be forgotten. Devotees, coming from all over the globe, have various reasons for visiting the place among of which are pleads for health restoration, good voyage, or better fate.
Swarms of people fill the place during Sundays and religious occasions such as the Virgin Mary’s birthday, Holy Week, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Inside the church, there is an archaic ambiance with the old bricks and ancient architecture. Pews are lined up from all sides and at the very center is the altar. In the highest portion of the altar is where the Lady of Manaoag majestically stands.
With its crown and scepter made of shimmering diamonds, anyone could just but stare with awe. Surrounding her are numerous flickering electric candles that seem to dance with a rhythm. From the faces of the devotees, one could spell out the great need for miracles on health, fortune, problems, and a lot more. The feeling of having despaired when all else failed and only an ounce of hope is left.
There is also a chance for people to be able to touch the Lady of Manaoag by climbing up to the second floor through a stairs located at the back of the church. The soft velvet gown worn by the Lady of Manaoag has a faded spot from where the devotees streaked their hands. After a devotee makes a quick prayer, touches the back of the Lady of Manaoag, and makes a sign of the cross, they move across a souvenir store and on their way out of the building.
Of course, when visiting the place, one should not forget about stopping by the stores situated inside and near the church. The canteen at the parking lot of the church sells the best turon in town. It is a delightful snack which is a banana wrapped in a crispy material and coated with sugar. Outside, there are stores that also sell souvenirs such as prayer books, colorful rosaries of different sizes, carved wooden religious figures, wooden crafts, and local native cakes such as tupig and patupat.
From Manaoag, one could also go to the beaches of Dagupan, San Fabian, and Lingayen, to the commercial city of Urdaneta, or to the Señor Divino Tesoro in Calasiao.
These are but among the things that should be visited in Our Lady of Manaoag Church in Pangasinan. Religion, miracles, native food, and souvenirs are all worth the time spent in the travel to the place. Come visit and have a worthwhile experience in the Our Lady of Manaoag Church.