The Our Lady of Manaoag Church or the Shrine of the Nuestra Senora de Manaoag located in Manaoag Pangasinan, Philippines was established by Captain Gaspar de Gamboa in 1720 and was donated to the Dominicans in 1722. It houses the image of Our Lady of Manaoag more locally known as Apo Baket (Venerable Madam) who is the patroness of the sick, the helpless, and the needy and one of the most venerated Marian image in the country.
Our Lady of Manaoag is renowned of its miraculous events. One account dates back in the early Spanish colonization when the tribes set fire the Christian villages including Manaoag. The people seek refuge to the Our Lady of Manaoag Church. The tribes sent flaming arrows to all parts of the Chruch but the building was not set into fire. Another miraculous event happened during World War II when the Japanese dropped several bombs within the church’s vicinity, with the structure itself suffering moderate damage. Four bombs were released above the church, with three landing on the plaza and the facade, destroying both. The last bomb fell in the church sanctuary, but it remained intact and did not explode.
Here are some pictures I’ve taken around the vicinity of the Church during my visit there.
There is also a museum in the vicinity of the Church where artifacts are displayed and is open for everyone to see. Here are some of the pictures I took from the museum.
*For those who want to go here via bus, just ride a Victory Liner bus going to Manaoag. It will pass in front of the Church itself because the bus station is just around the corner. Before riding the bus ask first the driver or the conductor if it is manaoag bound because not all VICTORY LINER bus go there.