Through the years, I have seen the church that I've grown–up with developed into a more beautiful religious and missionary place, the now a Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag.

Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag
The welcoming church front adorned with life-size images of the charitable and blessed. 
Panoramic view of Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag.
A glimpse of Manaoag Shrine's history.
In February, the famous pilgrimage site of the North was recognized as a basilica. It’s the only minor basilica, a first of its kind in the province of Pangasinan.

Center aisle carpeted with timeworn tiles going through Apo Baket's main altar.
Manila Archbishop Antonio Luis Tagle celebrating a holy mass during the solemn elevation of the Manaoag Shrine as a minor basilica on February 17, 2015.
Life-size religious image of the Filipino martyr, San Pedro Calungsod.
I have witnessed a lot of improvements, from the church activities and events, beautification of its surrounding area to its elevation as a minor basilica, the Manaoag Shrine truly is a proof of the strong faith of every Pangasinensi and the Filipino people as a whole.

Long queue of devotees waiting for their turn to touch and have a momentary view of the Marian image.
Beautiful portrait of The Virgin Mary and The Child Jesus at the Veneration Room.
Petition candles of varied size and shades offered by the pilgrims and devotees.
Some of the carefully crafted souvenirs sold in a religious shop located inside the church area.
A serene fountain situated in the front square, the welcoming façade adorned with a papal seal, timeworn mosaic floor tiles, elegantly beautiful altar surrounded with well–arranged set of flowers, tinted great dome, a number of murals and lovely paintings, century–old stone and brick–walled columns, and a peaceful garden ornamented with blossoming plants, vibrant carps in the tranquil pond and life–size religious images, are just some of the many changes and attractive spots that can be seen inside the shrine.

The grand altar in which the Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag is beautifully enshrined.

This Lenten season, revisit the well–known church through the photographs rover took recently. Let us explore, visit then the Manaoag Shrine in pictures.

A school of vibrant carps gleefully playing in the serene pond of the Rose Garden.
Religious articles sold at a store near the Manaoag Church.
One of the fruit stands selling some local produce such as mangoes, guavas, star apples and guyabanos.
Devotees do visit to ask for guidance, forgiveness and to recognize all of Her wondrous blessings and miracles. Each day the Basilica Minore del Nuestra Señora del Santísimo Rosario de Manaoag is visited by thousands of guests and pilgrims from the neighboring towns and provinces.

Solemn blessing of palms at the Nuestra Señora del Santísimo Rosario de Manaoag.
Image of the miraculous Our Lady and the Divine Son exhibited at the Manaoag Church Museum.
Devotees' prayers and petitions displayed in the church's exhibition room.
Glass-enclosed were the precious chalices for holy vessels used in the 1750s to early 1800s.
Devotees flocked to have their palms bless on Palm Sunday.


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