Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag
The Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag, also known as Manaoag Church, is a Catholic church in Manaoag, Pangasinan, Philippines. It is one of the most visited pilgrimage sites in the country, as it houses the miraculous image of Our Lady of Manaoag, also known as Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Manaoag. Here are some facts about the church that you might find interesting:
• The church was founded in 1605 by the Augustinians, who brought the image of Our Lady of Manaoag from Spain. The church was rebuilt several times due to fires, earthquakes, and wars. The current structure dates back to 1882 and was declared a minor basilica in 2015.
• The image of Our Lady of Manaoag is a 17th-century ivory statue that depicts the Virgin Mary holding a rosary and a child Jesus. The image is enshrined in a silver tabernacle above the main altar. The image is believed to have performed many miracles, such as healing the sick, granting petitions, and protecting the town from natural disasters and invaders.
• The church has various features and facilities catering to the pilgrims' needs and devotion. Some of these include a museum that displays the history and artifacts of the church, a candle gallery where visitors can light candles and offer prayers, a souvenir shop that sells religious items and local products, and a pilgrim center that provides accommodation and services.
• The church celebrates its annual fiesta on the third Sunday of October, in honor of Our Lady of Manaoag. The fiesta is marked by various activities, such as masses, processions, cultural shows, and fireworks. The church also observes other special occasions, such as the feast of the Holy Rosary on October 7, the feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, and the feast of Our Lady of Fatima on May 13.