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Travel Guide to Our Lady of Manaoag Chruch in Pangasinan

The Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag

Our Lady of Manaoag Church photo by Jsinglador via Wikipedia CC

Our Lady of Manaoag Chruch in Pangasinan

The Philippines is a country full of attractions both locals and foreigners cherish, and Pangasinan is, without a doubt, one of the most popular travel destinations near the nation’s capital. It has a vibrant history, enticing culinary diversity, and a plethora of stunning beach locations for those who love the sea and the sun. Apart from the scenic manmade and natural attractions, the country also has popular pilgrimage sites frequented by devoted Catholics. One can be found in the province of Pangasinan. If you plan to visit Pangasinan, you should visit the Our Lady of Manaoag Church.

Our Lady of Manaoag Church photo by Jsinglador via Wikipedia CC
Our Lady of Manaoag Church photo by Jsinglador via Wikipedia CC

Our Lady of Manaoag is a top-rated destination in the Philippines for Catholic travelers worldwide. “Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Manaoag known as “Our Lady of Manaoag,” is one of the most visited religious churches in Pangasinan. Many have even referred to it as the “Catholic Mecca” by many. It was built in the 17th century, and a farmer once saw an apparition of the Virgin Mary. Thousands of people visit the province every year to experience the spiritual nature of the area and take in the different historical and religious attractions.

The shrine is a major pilgrimage site in the country and is administered by the Order of Preachers within the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan.

The statue of Our Lady of Manaoag is a 17th-century ivory and silver image of the Virgin Mary with The Child Jesus enshrined at the high altar of the Basilica. It was brought to the Philippines from Spain via the Manila galleon trade from Acapulco, Mexico, in the early 17th century by Padre Juan de San Jacinto.

Details of the face of the image of Our Lady of Manaoag. by Pinoy916 via Wikimedia cc.
Details of the face of the image of Our Lady of Manaoag. By Pinoy916 CC BY 3.0 cc.
The Image of Our lady of Manaoag photo by Volkswagenking28 via Wikipedia CC
The Image of Our lady of Manaoag photo by Volkswagenking28 via Wikipedia CC

Feast day of Our Lady of Manaoag

The primary feast of Our Lady of Manaoag is on the third Wednesday of Easter. The peaks of the pilgrimages are during the Lenten and Easter seasons, the month of May, and the month of October – the month of The Holy Rosary – where the universal feast day of Our Lady of The Holy Rosary is celebrated every first Sunday of October. There is a procession after the afternoon Mass on these occasions.

How to Get There

Bus

From Cubao – Take a bus going to Dagupan. The buses in Cubao will drop you off in front of Our Lady of Manaoag Church. Make sure the bus is going to Manaoag and not San Fabian.

From Pasay – Go to the Pasay bus terminal. The buses in Pasay will drop you off near the mall, and you will have to take a tricycle. Take a tricycle and ask them to drop you off at Our Lady of Manaoag Church.

Private Vehicle

Take NLEX and exit to SCTEX, then take the TPLEX route, then exit to Binalonan. From the Binalonan exit, you have to drive along the Binalonan-Dagupan highway till you reach the Welcome Arch of Manaoag. From the welcome arch, it will take about 10-15 minutes to reach the church depending on the volume of cars.

WHAT TO DO

Our Lady of Manaoag Museum

Old regalia of the image including its breastplate, halos, crowns, scepters, baton, and vestments at the museum. photo by Ramon FVelasquez via Wikipedia CC
Old regalia of the image includes its breastplate, halos, crowns, scepters, baton, and vestments at the museum. Photo by Ramon Velasquez via Wikipedia CC

Our Lady of Manaoag Museum is the best place to get a firm grasp of the real history of Manaoag. It is dimly lit and quiet, housing a vast collection of artefacts and vestments, gifts to the Virgin Mary, and other religious items associated with the area. Photography is strictly forbidden in the museum to protect the sanctity of its contents and prevent you from disturbing other visitors.

The Rosary Garden

Manaoag Rosary Garden photo by Ramon FVelasquez via Wikipedia CC
Manaoag Rosary Garden photo by Ramon FVelasquez via Wikipedia CC

It’s the perfect spot for those looking for a serene place to meditate and reflect. The Rosary Garden was explicitly designed for that purpose. Visitors decide upon their intentions for their Rosary as they enter through the oval entrance, which contains a crucifix. Then, one makes their way to the statues around the garden; each describes the mysteries of the Rosary.

Manaoag Basilica

This is the primary church of Manaoag, and this will be the first thing you will see when you visit. It is the most famous church in the area and is a focal point for anyone traveling north of Manila. The mass occurs every hour, from 6 am to 12 pm on weekdays. You can drive your car right up to the church, and they will even bless your vehicle while you are there.

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WHERE TO EAT

Here are nearby restaurants to check out after visiting the Our Lady of Manaoag.

Secret Eats By GZ

Address: #3 Milo Street Manaoag, Pangasinan, Philippines

If you’re craving Korean food after visiting the Our Lady of Manaoag, this is the right place. Load up and enjoy unlimited Samgyeopsal at this Korean restaurant.

Hardin sa Paraiso

Hardin sa Paraiso Grill and Restaurant in Manaoag Pangasinan
Hardin sa Paraiso Grill and Restaurant in Manaoag Pangasinan

Address: Brgy. Lelemaan, Manaoag, Pangasinan

Hardin sa Paraiso offers a feast for the tummy and the eyes with their well-manicured garden. Try the resto’s crispy tuna tail, kare-kareng bagnet, and Bangus ni Kaka as you dine in paradise.

Antonio Restaurant

Manaoag Antonio Restaurant Fiesta Bilao - Crispy Pata, Kilawin Bangus, Bulao, Crispy Kangkong
Manaoag Antonio Restaurant Fiesta Bilao – Crispy Pata, Kilawin Bangus, Bulao, Crispy Kangkong

Address: Binalonan-Mangaldan National Road, Manaoag, Pangasinan

Enjoy the beautiful ambiance this restaurant has to offer. Don’t forget to order your Pinoy food favorites! Antonio Restaurant’s kare-kare is indeed to die for.

WHERE TO STAY

Please scroll down for our recommendations on some of the top staycation spots in Pangasinan after visiting Our Lady of Manaoag.

MC Hotel Lingayen

MC Hotel Lingayen
MC Hotel Lingayen

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Located in Lingayen, 1.8 km from Lingayen Beach, MC Hotel Lingayen provides accommodation with a shared lounge, free private parking, and a terrace. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk, room service, and organizing tours for guests.

El Puerto Marina Beach Resort & Spa

El Puerto Marina Beach Resort and Vacation Club
El Puerto Marina Beach Resort and Vacation Club

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A charming and quiet beach resort with clean and comfortable rooms, courteous and friendly staff, and good local and fresh seafood. Read our El Puerto Marina Beach Resort & Spa Review.

Manaoag Hotel

Manaoag Hotel is within walking distance from Our Lady of Manaoag. Providing an ideal mix of value, comfort, and convenience, it offers a family-friendly setting with an array of amenities designed for travelers like you.

The Philippines truly has a myriad of fascinating churches to visit, whether you want to appreciate the history and architecture or want a repose from the hustle and bustle of life. With Our Lady of Manaoag’s well-preserved magnificence, this is definitely one of the most beautiful churches in the Philippines.

Searching for the best hotels and affordable flights? Check out our complete list of affordable hotels and resorts via Agoda, or you may also see available Airbnb properties in the city.

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Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of Outoftownblog.com. He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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