Last January 17, together with my Mama, we took the last trip to Manaoag. It is recommended to take Dagupan Bus Line since it has direct route from Manila
(Cubao) straight to Manaoag.
We arrived 10:45PM just in time, since the bus left the terminal at exactly 11:20PM.
If you have a buddy and will be coming in groups, I suggest that you come a little early so you can get a good seat, otherwise you will get separate slots.
Bus ride from Cubao to Manaoag is two hundred eighty five pesos (Php285)
It was a smooth ride, we were able to get a good nap or I can say sleep zzzzzzzzzzzz, waking in between stop-over.
We arrived at Manaoag Church
around 3:15AM (January 18)-birthday of my Mommy Lola
) earlier than the usual.
That makes our travel time = 4 hours. The last time my bestfriend Sheng
went to there she told me that she arrived at around 4:30AM.
We while away drinking coffee at the nearby 7-11 store.
The church opens at 4AM.
The mass promptly starts at 5:00AM.
I just took notice that most of those who are attending the first mass for that day were from Manila
or nearby towns.
A visit to Manaoag will never be complete without :The lighting of the candles as an offering for our personal intentions.
* taking the long queue up to the altar to touch the image of Our Lady of Manaoag
* Visiting the Rosary Garden – which we missed since the gate is still closed that early.
* Putong Calasiao for pasalubong
After the mass, we took our lunch at Chowking just across the street.
Heading home, we took Dagupan Bus Line again, I forgot to take note of the street where they were waiting for their passenger, but you can just ask the locals. We left the place at 1100AM and arrived at Manila before 2:40PM
It was really a good bonding moment with my Mama, since seldom do we have a chance to travel alone before.
Many pilgrims and Catholics are visiting the Our Lady of Manaoag becuase of its miraculous intercession.
Dagupan Bus has daily trips to Manaoag, every 45 minutes on the hour round-the-clock.
Dagupan Bus Transit, Inc.
EDSA corner New York Street
Cubao, Quezon City, Metro Manila
Tel: (02) 7272287 or 7272330 (but mind you I tried contacting gazillion times but it was only ringing grrrr)
- If you despise traffic it is best to travel at night. (Last trip : 11:30PM – Dagupan Bus Lines).
- Always have your jacket handy.
- If you are a person who cannot sleep while in transit, your ipod, MP3 players and other techie neckie gadgets will really be of help
On my succeeding post I will be sharing to you how my family’s devotion to Our Lady of Manaoag started
Taken : 4AM
The Candle Area
At the Altar
My Mama with the lifesize statues
Schedule of Masses
Manaoag copes with the time….goes techie, now online
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