Take a road trip to Manaoag this Holy Week

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01:45 AM March 25th, 2013

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March 25th, 2013 01:45 AM

THE SHRINE ofOur Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag’s simple façade belies the site’s centuries-old history.

Five hours north of Manila lies the province of Pangasinan. Known for its delicious food—mangoes, boneless bangus and Calasiao puto—awe-inspiring beaches, marine parks and the Hundred Islands, Pangasinan is definitely a treasure trove for the senses. Most importantly, for the faithful Catholics, Pangasinan is also home to Our Lady of Manaoag.

The image, one of the most adored Marian icons in the country, is said to have miraculous powers. Everyday, people from all walks of life travel to this municipality in Pangasinan to hear Mass, pray the Rosary, offer flowers, light candles, and be in contact with the venerated image.

On any given day, visitors climb three levels from outside the church to go further into the mini-chapel inside to touch the image’s mantle.

GARDENS surrounding the shrine provide additional areas for prayerful rest

As the season of Lent approaches, a visit to Manaoag is a must. Victory Liner, the country’s trusted and most reliable choice in land transportation within Luzon, has made it easier for Catholic devotees and tourists to experience the faith of Our Lady of Manaoag with direct trips to the church proper.

Our Lady of Manaoag image carved in detail out of a tree trunk

With comfortable seats that provide ample leg room, the buses also have free WiFi onboard. The bus stops only a few feet away from the church, making it easy and convenient for passengers to walk.

After spending prayerful moments inside the shrine, visitors can also explore the surrounding town areas for pasalubong and refreshments.

Direct trips to Manaoag take place every Sunday at 4 a.m. and 4:30 a.m.  at the Pasay terminal; and at 4 a.m. at the Cubao terminal of Victory Liner.

For other trip schedules and online booking, visit www.victoryliner.com. Follow Victory Liner at www.twitter.com/VictoryLinerInc.

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