The other day we went to our Lady of Manaoag, the first plan was to visit and to light a candle but when we went there, they had masses from time to time so we did not slipped it away, we attended a 12 noon mass. I was amazed with the statue of our Lady of Manaoag, and the altar was so stunning. The crown is gold and the dress is jewel sewn. There were several attempt to burglar the crown but no one was successful. The image of is fully secured with bulletproof glasses enclosing on 3 sides above the old high altar.
The Our Lady of Manaoag has a long history of miraculous and pious events and one of these are the sparing of the town from a wildfire.
The animist mountain tribes burnt down newly-converted Christian villages and the town of Manaoag was among the settlements set afire and the roof of the church was their last refuge. The leader of the pillagers climbed over the compound’s crude fence and shot flaming arrows into all parts of the church. But the church stood still and miraculously did not ignite at all.
This miraculous statue became famous in 1940 when the Japanese threw several bombs within the vicinity of the church. One landed in the plaza and the facade destroying both. The last bomb landed in the church but it remains intact and did not explode.