The venerated image of Nuestra Senora del Santisimo Rosario de Manaoag makes an extended whistle stop in the province of Albay beginning last Saturday, July 13 about 8:00 o’clock in the morning and ends today.
The replica of the image now used in the pilgrim visits outside of Pangasinan reached Legazpi city from Samar provinces. A huge crowd joined the procession on its way to the Cathedral of San Gregorio Magno in Old Albay.
A throng of faithful Marian devotees lined the thoroughfares of the city waving white handkerchiefs, showering the way with white flowers as the Holy Rosary was being prayed echoing through a public address system.
Many Albayanos waited for her arrival as early as 600 A.M. standing patiently along the main sidewalk of Rizal Street, and as the Virgin of Manaog passed them by, a resounding VIVA LA VIRGIN with their hands clapping in jubilation was indeed a manifestation of their religiosity and closeness to Mama Mary as a powerful intercessor.
This visit is indeed a blessing and very rare opportunity to many who can’t afford to travel all the way to Pangasinan. The parish of St. Gregory the Great extended their thanks and gratitude to the family of Gov. Richard de los Santos of Samar, a native of Legaspi City, the administration and priests of Aquinas University with the help of other private citizens and church organizations of Legaspi for facilitating the pilgrim visit.
The Lady of Manaoag stays at the Cathedral the whole day today to grace the hourly mass until Monday morning of July 15 for her travel back home to Pangasinan.
Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag is Virgin Mary, The Mother of Jesus and patroness of the northern Pangasinan town of Manaoag.
The 17th-century Roman Catholic ivory image of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the Child Jesus is enshrined in the Basilica Minore which was canonically crowned in 1926.
The Manaoag Shrine was also canonically affiliated with the Papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in the Vatican since June 2011. It is administered by the Dominican Order under the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan.