During our 3days 2nights Fam Tour in Thunderbird Resorts in La Union, we had a chance to visit some of the nearby tourist spots in San Fernando City in La Union.

Overlooking the South China Sea
Overlooking the South China Sea

We were told that we will visit an old Chinese Temple located in the heart of San Fernando City but I never imagined that I would find myself in a temple called the Macho Temple! Okay, it’s not that way, really. In fact, the name of the temple has very little to do with manliness at all.


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Dating Prohibited in the Temple
Dating Prohibited in the Temple

The Ma-Cho Temple is located in San Fernando La Union and was built on September 11th, 1975. It’s a Taoist temple and is built in the hills above San Fernando. It looks out on the China Sea and is a place where people of all kinds come to ask for luck from a Chinese Diety named Ma-Cho.

Entrance to the Temple
Entrance to the Temple

Does Ma-Cho bulge with muscles and exude testastarone. Nope, in fact, it is much more like the familiar Virgin of Caysasay in Batangas. Not macho at all. Just the opposite really.

Macho Temple Dome
Macho Temple Dome

Yes, Ma-Cho was a woman who was born with healing powers and other psychic gifts. She only lived for twenty seven years but during those times she saved many Chinese fishermen who might have otherwise died. Hence, the reason the shrine faces the China Sea. One of her names is the Goddess of the Sea.

Chinese Temple in San Fernando La Union
Chinese Temple in San Fernando La Union

It’s a beautiful site and temple. Stone carvings, ponds filled with koi, and a small shrine where those asking for the luck of the goddess can burn incense and leave offerings.

Macho Temple Caretaker
Macho Temple Caretaker

Each year a procession goes from the temple to the Basilica of Saint Martin in Taal, Batangas. The pilgrims believe that the Virgin Mary and Ma-Cho are the same diety and thus do her honor.

The temple is a profound place to relax, meditate, or just spend a few hours watching those who come to pray, ask for favors, or leave offerings. And besides that, the view is simply gorgeous.

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