Manaoag Church

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The town of Manaoag Pangasinan was named after a legend of a man who was walking along a field and heard a sweet voice calling. When he trailed the voice, he saw an image of a woman with a rosary in one hand and a child in her arms standing on a branch of a tall tree. After the apparition, the tree was taken down and carved into the image of the Virgin Mary. Thus the name, "Manaoag" which is "man" meaning "to" prefixed to "taoag" meaning "to call" is given to the place where the apparition of Mary occurred. Some versions of the story say that it was lightning that struck the tree down but it left an imprint of Mary’s face on it.

The town of Manaoag Pangasinan was named after a legend of a man who was walking along a field and heard a sweet voice calling. When he trailed the voice, he saw an image of a woman with a rosary in one hand and a child in her arms standing on a branch of a tall tree. After the apparition, the tree was taken down and carved into the image of the Virgin Mary. Thus the name, “Manaoag” which is “man” meaning “to” prefixed to “taoag” meaning “to call” is given to the place where the apparition of Mary occurred. Some versions of the story say that it was lightning that struck the tree down but it left an imprint of Mary’s face on it.

Regardless of the origin, the Manaoag Church that sits on a hill at the center of town houses the 16th century wooden statue of Mary which is revered by Catholics. The statue is now encased in bullet proof glass and a dedicated security team as many attempts have been made to steel and ransack the statue not only for the image which is priceless but also for its jeweled crown.

Less than an hour away from the province’s major City Dagupan, or a four hour bus ride from Manila. Each year, many Filipinos and foreigners take a pilgrimage to one of the Philippines most miraculous sites to pray for good health and safe voyages and better lives. Some bring their sick and needy relatives to be blessed and some interestingly bring their new cars for the same purpose. Scattered beside the church are stalls which sell religious items and native delicacies like the famed “Puto” or rice cakes which is a must when in Pangasinan.

If you are a beach bum don’t fret the province also hosts great beaches in the neighboring towns of Lingayen & Bolinao which are known for it’s white sand beaches and the hundred islands. Sea food is also abundant for example Sea Urchins which are pretty expensive elsewhere in the world are cost only a few dollars for a sack!

http://ourladyofmanaoag.org/

written by halfawakehaiku on 2009-01-13 in #world #locations #pangasinan #philippines #halfawakehaiku #manaoag #religion #horizon #church

3 Comments

  1. ethermoon
    ethermoon ·

    Nice shot Photo 9. Is this horizon perfekt or kompakt? :)

  2. halfawakehaiku
    halfawakehaiku ·

    Thanks!. That's from the Kompakt. Multiple exposues are a easy to do with it.

  3. ethermoon
    ethermoon ·

    Kompakt Horizon also gives distortion, right? :)

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