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Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of Manaoag Basilica Minore

Since its elevation from shrine to Basilica Minore, several construction works are being  done in preparation for the celebration on Feb 17, 2015 for the declaration as basilica minore.

The papal emblem was already installed at the top of the main entrance door. Installation of various statues of saints was almost finished. There were many devotees who attended mass during the January 01, 2015 New Year mass.

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments said: “The faithful who devoutly visit the basilica and within it participate in any sacred rite or at least recite the Lord’s Prayer and the profession of faith may obtain a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion, and prayer for the intention of the Supreme Pontiff)

A new entrance gate was also constructed to solve the problem on traffic.


expressway interchange

TPLEX-Interchage at carmen-rosales, pangasinan North Luzon direction. Its nice to travel via TPLEX to Manila.

At last, it’s the last activity for 3-day 39th PICE National Convention was done. It’s  only half -day on November 9. The group decided to go on with the planned trip to the beautiful tourist spots in Davao, a place which is close to nature, places which could be visited in just 5 hours. Our tourist guide suggested a place which we could see the entire city of davao at night time. It would be thrilling adventure but it takes 3 hours to travel to the place. OMG, we are running out of time.

Finally, we have inked the plan. From our point of origin which is SM City Lanang , the venue of the convention, we boarded a hired tourist van. First destination, the Davao Crocodile Farm.

We got to the area via provincial roads. We enjoyed the trip with sightseeing along our way. Guess what we did first? Picture-taking infront of the crocodile farm signage. Picture here picture there. By this time which is past 1:00pm, we were already hungry, eager to taste exotic foods of Davao. At the Riverwalk Exotic Foods Grill, we tasted crispy crocs and other exotic foods the names of the recipes which I could no longer recall. Crocodile meat has different cuts for different orders.

Below the Riverwalk grill is the rivercruise floating resto. One would experience dining aboard the floating resto but the group opted not to experience the thrill due to time constraints. Beside, the water is murky, color brown but I wasn’t able to see any floating plastics, debris, scraps. In fact, kids enjoy swimming in the river despite the murky water.

Next activity, crocodile farm tour with a P200 entrance for adults and P100 for kids. We enjoyed the encounter with the eagles , crocodiles and other exotic animals with several albino pythons and brown-skinned python.

For souvenir items and if one is willing to shell out thousands and thousands of pesos, the crocodile leather wallet and leather belt are nice. Now I know why a Louis Vuitton leather bags is so expensive because at the crocodile souvenir shop, an authentic leather wallet costs P5,000 and P8,000 for a leather belt. Wow, only for the rich but not for us.

For coffee lovers, you can taste the most expensive coffee, the civet coffee at P150 per cup. For an entrance of P200, we still have 2 places in the area to visit which are included in the package but we decided not to avail since we are running out of time. Come on guys, let;s go to the next destination, the Baywalk of Davao says our tour drive/tourist guide Bryan.

church museum visit…

It’s been a long time since we visited THE SHRINE OF OUR LADY OF MANAOAG MUSEUM.  I noticed some changes. The original vintage turntable(manually operated) by then parish priest fr. Teodulo Cajigal was no longer in the museum. 

What I noticed most is the old town map of manaoag (sketch allegedly done by somebody from UST according to the lady info) are the erroneous names of the streets then. But I was very thankful that I was given a chance to write on a piece of paper the “corrections”  in the entry.

For the original folks of manaoag, we know that the now Rizal st. was then Calle Esperanza. Soriano St. was then Municipal and “Calle Sacristan” which is located at the back of the church should be spelled “Sacristia”. 

The shrine must invite historians or real manaoag/old folks to study and contribute what they think is right for accuracy.

Region 1 Science Quiz in Vigan Ilocos Sur 1973

This was the 1st regional science quiz that I attended when I was in the Manaoag High School. It was held in Vigan Ilocos in a government school (I could no longer recall the name of the school.) 

The quiz aims to develop the interest of the students in science and technology and its beneficial applications among high school students. Categories then were Physics, Biology, Chemistry and 1 more subject which slipped my memory. I was contestant in the category “Chemistry”. Pompe Sta. Cruz , Hilario Padilla and one female classmate representing another category.

We were billeted in a dormitory owned by a seminary. We took time to visit the vigan church with its life-sized religious images. We also enjoyed riding callesa from the city to  our dormitory.