The Philippines is a predominantly Catholic country. There is at least one Catholic Church in every town or city in the country. The Nuestra de Senora de Manaoag Church is one of the most popular churches in the Philippines which can be found in the province of Pangasinan in the Ilocos Region in Northern Philippines, and they have Museo de Nuestra Senora De Manaoag, a museum where you can learn a lot about the history of the church.
But before anything else, you can check out this restaurant we dined in at Pangasinan, just in case you need to look for a place to eat after your visit at Manaoag:
Having born and raised in a predominantly country like the Philippines got me exposed to a lot of Catholic practices, including visiting different churches around the country. One Sunday, my family decided to have a mini-road trip from Manila to Pangasinan to visit the famous Our Lady of Manaoag Shrine. It will be my first time in Pangasinan, but I ahve been hearing that Manaoag Shrine performed a lot of miracles. In fact, the Manaoag Shrine was brought to our church in Batangas when I was in grade school and a lot of people came to visit her.
Thankfully, the Manaoag Shrine and Parish Church has a museum, and with that I will be able to get to know Manaoag Shrine more. Getting to know about it means getting to know more about Pangasinan’s history during the Spanish colonial period. The Museo de Nuestra de Senora de Manaoag is located just beside the church. It houses several church paraphernalia and religious items.
This is the welcome sign of the Manaoag Museum.
Here are other interesting paraphernalia at the Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag:
The Manaoag Museum houses statues of other famous saints, such as St. Lorenzo Ruiz, St. Catherine of Siena, and St. Vicente Ferrer, among others.
There is a section in the museum where devotees can write their intentions for The Our Lady of Manaoag. Some of them are exhibited inside the museum.
Papers like this are available to write your own personal intentions for the Our Lady of Manaoag.
Overall, I had a meaningful visit to the Our Lady of Manaoag and the Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag, and it was nice visiting another new church. Visiting shrines like this reflect a lot about the Filipino Catholic culture. Moreover, it is enriching to observe how heavy the Spanish influence on the Philippines is with regards to teaching us the Catholic faith.
Museo de Nuestra Senora de Manaoag Information
Address: Manaoag, Pangasinan, Philippines
(075) 529 0508
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