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The Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Manaoag is located in the north of the Philippines. It’s a well-known pilgrimage site in the town of Manaoag, Pangasinan. The miraculous ivory and silver image of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, also known as Nuestra Señora de Manaoag, is several centuries old.
Behind the church, visitors can find a souvenir shop, parish office, candle gallery, pilgrims’ center, rosary garden, and clean restrooms.
According to folk tradition in the 1600s, an apparition of the Blessed Mother showed herself to a farmer through a heavenly glow of light, and relayed him the message about where she wanted her church to stand. The man passed the message to the townspeople, and soon after, they built a small church.
Another miraculous event happened involving a dead infant, who rose again after laying it down on the altar of the church. Over time, more and more testimonials and tales of Our Lady of Manaoag’s miraculous cures spread nationally and beyond foreign borders. This inspired the pilgrims and invited those who are extremely ill to pray and seek healing miracles from Our Lady.
Soon after, the Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary became famous for being the patroness of the sick, the helpless, and those in dire need of favors and healing from God.
The Dominicans began a mission at Manaoag in 1605. The image of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag was assigned in the Dominican mission first from Baloquing. The miraculous image was canonically crowned in 1926. The Catholic Church officially acknowledged and declared Our Lady had granted favors and blessings to devotees through centuries.
The church stood against bombings during World War II and an earthquake in 1982. It was said that a bomb crashed through the church’s roof, yet it failed to set off inside, saving the sacred establishment miraculously.
In 2014, the church was declared as Minor Basilica by His Holiness Pope Francis. The following year, the National Museum of the Philippines declared the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Manaoag as a National Cultural Treasure. The formal ceremony of its marker took place in 2018.