Sunday, April 17, 2011

Destination: Pangasinan Part 1-Manaoag

Pangasinan is located in the west central area of island of Luzon along Lingayen Gulf. The local language is called Pangalatok or Pangasinense in exception of Bolinao, which has a variation of its language. My first time in Pangasinan was years ago when my father and I stop over our relatives in Asingan before going to Baguio. I was invited to feature Pangasinan for my blog upon invitation of PR consultant Bernard Supetran. 
Manaoag Church vicinity

We left Manila around 7:00 in the morning and arrived around just in time for lunch and in Manaoag. We also made our first stop for the journey here. Manaoag is bordered by Pozorrubio in the north, Urdaneta City and Mapandan in the south,  Binalonan in the east, and San  Jacinto in the west.

We had lunch at Hardin Sa Paraiso Grill and Restaurant. Hardin Sa Paraiso literally meant paradise garden in Tagalog. We also made our lunch venue worthwhile since the place was ideal for a good photo shoot. We took pictures of the place while waiting for our lunch.

After our delicious lunch, we proceeded to Manaoag’s town center to visit Manaoag’s church, Our Lady Of Manaoag.  The church is known to draw pilgrims and devotees from all walks of life. I saw an area where people come and light candles for prayers.

Within the church vicinity was the church museum that housed old religious artifacts. It was here that I learned more about its church history.  Christianity in Manaoag was introduced in 1600 by the Augustinians Dominicans five years later. The next part of the Pangasinan trip blog is Lingayen.

Church altar

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