"Manaoag, The Blessed Town" Manaoag by cyndymc
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The town's name, Manaoag is derived from the vernacular word "taoag" which means "call". Old folks love to retell the story of a young man who, while on his way home, heard a mysterious voice. He looked around and was stunned to see a radiant image of a beautiful Lady with a rosary on her right hand and a Child on her left hand, standing on a cloud upon a treetop. Awed, he fell on his knees and upon regaining his composure, he ran and told the people about the apparition. Soon, the Spanish Dominicans built a church on the spot where the Lady appeared. In no time, a town flourished around in, and the place was known as "Manaoag" referring to the place of the Lady who calls.
Giant wall paintings inside the church depict the many miracles bestowed upon the people and the town itself.
Manaoag is a very small town of Pangasinan, but it is popular not only in Central and Northern Luzon, but the whole country as well. It's popularity can be attributed to the numerous miracles granted by Our Lady of The Rosary of Manaoag- Patroness of the sick, protectress of the helpless, and benefactress of the needy. She is lovingly called "Mama Mary" because her amiable facial expression and beauty that exude her comforting love and protection to all. Just meditating on her face brings relief to the weary soul.
Even on ordinary days, the parking lot behind the church and side streets are jampacked with private vehicles, and busloads of devotees come to visit Our Lady throughout the year. However, the biggest flock of pilgrims coming from all walks of life from all parts of the country seem to be on the months of April, May and October. They come not only to seek favors or graces, but to thank Her for Her continued love and protection.
Because of the numerous pilgrims that come, there had been plans to make a new site for a bigger church, but none materialized. It is said that somehow, the Lady manifests her "refusal" in many ways. The most talked-about story was the failed attempt to transfer it near the banks of Baloquing River. The parishioners who were sent by the Vicar to prepare the place were shocked to see that nothing was left of the structure except 4 pillars standing on the ground; no sight of other parts. The Vicar couldn't believe what he was told, but when he went to the site, he was humbled, fell on his knees and asked forgiveness, vowing never to transfer the church to a new site again.
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