If there is something that you are really praying hard for, they say, come and visit the Shrine of Manaoag.
The Shrine of Our Lady of Manaoag is around 5 hours away from Manila. I rarely asked hard for a prayer but because I have something to asked for this time, I travelled 6 hours hoping this particular request will be granted.
Manaoag is one of a known town in the province of Pangasinan. Many devotees come here to pay respect to Mama Mary. And if miracles are true, I am claiming it right now.
Same with Puerto Galera, I have been in Manaoag for many times also but this is the first time that I do a solo trip.
From the main entrance until I get inside the church to pay respect, I already felt that blessing was already bestowed upon me.
Before, everytime I visit the Shrine with my family, we just usually attend a mass then leave. Unlike now that I do it myself, I was able to explore the entire church.
Though I wasn’t able to hear a mass, I was able this time to touch and kneel down to the Virgin Mary; at the same time, I also lit a candle which Daniel and I usually do in the Baguio Cathedral.
But since he is not around with me on this trip, I lit 2 candles for both of us.
Another thing that fascinates me in this Shrine is the candle area wherein there is a floating candle tub.
Here, you can light up a floating candles in different colors and shapes. The candle tub shapes like a leaf when you look at it on a top view. In between the two candle tubs is a replica of the Blessed Virgin of Manaoag.
Before lightning the two candles I bought, of course, I requested for a personal petition and the other one is for me and Daniel, to give us enough strength and guidance.
Still in the candle area, another thing caught again my attention when I saw those candles in the jars.
I assume that those ones availing this type of candles has big petitions with them or maybe, their request has already been granted.
As I mentioned, I rarely explore the entire church area if I am with my family. But because my little car also needs a rest, I went this time on the Shrine’s Rosary Garden where you will see the different statues representing the mysteries of the holy rosary. Below are some of the statures I was able to capture.
One thing I liked with the Rosary Garden is the fountain on the center of it with a man made aquarium with lots of Kois on it.
Staying in the Rosary Garden partly refreshes me from the negativity I had before going in Manaoag. The 6 hour drive going to the Shrine was replaced by a hope that through faith, hopefully, my request will also be granted same with other devotees returning back in the Shrine.👱