Our Lady of Manaoag Shrine

Satellite image of the Our Lady of Manaoag Shrine in Manaoag, Pangasinan.

Manaoag, Pangasinan is one of the Philippines’ pilgrimage centers, thanks to the presence of the Our Lady of Manaoag Shrine, home to the image of the Nuestra Señora del Rosario (i.e., Our Lady of the Rosary), which is believed to have miraculous powers. Non-Catholics may scoff at such idolatrous devotion, but that has not deterred millions of Filipino Catholics from visiting the shrine and venerating this representation of the Virgin Mary.

Photo of the facade of the Our Lady of Manaoag Shrine. Photo by Jun Acullador. (CC-BY-ND-2.0)

The image of Mary itself is said to have been brought to the Philippine Islands by way of Acapulco, Mexico by Padre Juan de San Jacinto around 400 years ago. Folk history even declares that it was the Virgin herself that designated where the church to house her image was to be built.

Nowadays, pilgrims visit the church all year round but it is especially busy during the summer months of April and May. Many leave their homes before daybreak just to reach the morning masses in the shrine and to be the first in line to touch the image’s robes through a small hole at the back of the altar. According to a 2001 article from the Manila Bulletin (mirrored here), the numbers of pilgrims lining up to touch ivory image often climb into the hundreds—the turnover time taking hours—and can reach to the streets outside the church, which if you look at in Google Maps is quite a stretch indeed!

The shrine’s official website is a bit disorganized but may be helpful (depending on what you’re looking for) and you can see a picture album of the church from my blogger friend Markku should you be interested to see more.

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October 11, 2007
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  1. Dave Q wrote on October 12, 2007 @ 08:19AM

    Hi Eugene!

    Well done! Keep the KML coming.


  2. Dave Q wrote on October 12, 2007 @ 08:50PM

    On another topic, I’m not sure if you saw this already http://www.ogleearth.com/2006/08/editgrid_xml_xs.html

    but with the waypoints available via a shareable web spreadsheet like EditGrid, updating (& adding) to the KML would be amazingly simple.

    Give me a shout if you’d like to collab on this.

  3. Eugene wrote on October 31, 2007 @ 08:29AM

    @Dave, thanks! Yeah, I’ve seen the Spreadsheet-XML-XSL-KML conversion. I just don’t see any use for it right now in relation to Vista Pinas. I generally stick to placing my geodata in some sort of database instead of a collaborative spreadsheet. But, I might revisit this in the future.

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