Serenity in Manaoag Church
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It started when three of my friends, Susie, Mitch and Mel ( I am sorry, I just love to include your names here.Hehe!) - mentioned that its been a long time since they last visited Our Lady of Manaoag Church in Manaoag, Pangasinan. We abruptly packed our bags and off we go to Victory Liner, Cubao to get a bus ticket to Pangasinan (330Php/pax). The ride took 6hours. Its a good thing most of us are wearing our jackets (Victory Liner to Pangasinan buses are air conditioned) and brought a travel pillow to doze of to sleep while on travel.
Right next to the terminal are rows of restaurants and cafeterias where you can choose to eat. We left Manila around 11PM and arrived in Pangasinan at 7AM.
Right in front of the church, a little away from the gate are rows of booth and tables.
- Tupig - rice cake with coconut meat
- Peanut Brittle
- Bukayo - made of coconut strips
- Bangus (milk fish)
- Patupat -sweet sticky rice wrapped in palm leaves
- Garnet rosary
- Religious figurines
- Wall decor/hangings
- Key chains
- Our Lady of Manaoag posters
- Our Lady of Manaoag calendars
- Out Lady of Manaoag stamps
- Holy water bottles
I wonder what I expected to get when I agree to visit Manaoag, Pangasinan.
The Lady of Manaoag was said to be famous because of the long history of miraculous and pious events even way back 1940's.
After spending our entire morning praying; buying rosaries, bibles and other symbols-of-faith and roaming around the church, we decided to have lunch in Chow king located nearby the church (one of the fast food chains in the area). The three of us are arguing (friendly-debate as what I call it) whether to go back to Manila as early as possible to avoid traffic or to spend the night in Dagupan. We both agreed to travel a little farther - to Bolinao, Pangasinan.
I am definitely not going back to Manila, no way I am giving up my desire to explore Dagupan after a long travel and no way I am not going to agree not to stay at least a night in this place I intend to know better.
We hired a tricycle to do an impulse-hotel/inn-hunting before dusk. I wanted to stay right next to the beach where I will get to enjoy the sun rise the following morning, hear the waves hitting the shore at night. Needless to stress, the girls nod in unison (to makes me happy, I guess.LOL!). With not much knowledge of the place (us and apparently the tricycle driver too. Seriously,OMG!), we ended in a secluded, grassy and quiet place - we later discovered , its part of the the place called Bonoan, Pangasinan.
Bonoan, Pangasinan, correct me if I am wrong, is not really as famous as other Pangasinan's towns or municipalities, in fact, some of my friends know not about such a place. Okay, I admit, I am a sucker of quiet and beautiful beaches - preferably less beach resorts and hotels nearby (it may provide you comfort while enjoying the beauty of nature but where's the beauty out of simplicity with that?!).
There's no cottages for rent or a hotel nearby, hence, we cannot stay overnight in the beach. The tricycle driver sense our apprehension for not finding an accommodation right away suggested a Class "AAA" (3 Star) resort called Leisure Coast Resort where we decided to retire for the night. We had dinner in Sabina Restaurant , the resorts restaurant and Susie made-up her mind to take a dip in the resort's clean and huge swimming pool. Finally, we call it a night and went to slumber around 11PM in one of the resorts cold, fragrant and cozy air-conditioned twin room.