Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Travelling from QC to Manaoag by Bus

If there's something that you've been praying extra hard for, they say to pray to Our Lady of the Rosary in the Manaoag Shrine and it will be answered.

From experience, prayers do get answered.

This is coming from someone who isn't prayerful at all: me.


I visited Manaoag for the second time recently. It was a solo trip via bus. And yes, I went there hoping for an answered prayer. As to what that is, let's keep that a secret for now.


Manaoag, Pangasinan, is around five hours away by bus from Trinoma, Quezon City.

I rode a Dagupan Bus that took me straight to the Manaoag Shrine. The bus fare is Php 314 one-way. If you're coming from QC, the bus passes Trinoma hourly starting at around 5am until around late afternoon. There are 2 major stop overs for wee-wee breaks: Dau bus terminal and SM Rosales.  

From QC, Manaoag is around 3 hours away via car and 5 hours away via bus.
Route: via North Luzon Expressway and TPLEx

The Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag is right at the center of Manaoag. 

After 5 hours on the bus, that's where you get off. It's just a few steps away from the Manaoag Shrine. 
Pathway leading to the Church. 
My objective was just to get some quiet time away and to pray. Just as I was about to leave, bells rung and mass was about to start! Glad I was able to catch this. 

Masses happen every hour.

Bought this from my first visit to Manaoag. Was surprised to find this in my bag that day so I had it blessed!
If you look up, there are huge fans called "Big Ass Fans".
Of course, the Church stickered out the word "Ass". Hehehe.

At the back, there's an area where you can light candles.



There's a candle gallery where you can buy all sorts of religious paraphernalia.  
In case the candle store is closed (much like what happened when I was last there), there are vendors around the exit who sell candles and other stuff. Candles are P10 each, if I remember correctly.

Bought two candles to light. No particular reason why I got two.
One didn't really want to light up. 

Prayer before lighting the candle...

Timing was just perfect that day. I got on the bus at around 12pm and arrived at Manaoag shortly before 5pm. I was able to pray, catch mass, and light candles. Caught the last bus heading to Manila at 6pm! Arrived in QC at 11pm.

Last Dagupan Bus headed for Cubao is at 6pm.
Hailed the bus right outside the Manaoag Shrine.

Tips:
  1. If waiting for a Dagupan Bus at Trinoma, stand at the entrance of the bus terminal, watch out for the "Manaoag" bus passing along EDSA, and hail it. The buses don't come in and park at the terminal. If you'd rather skip this, go to the bus terminal in Cubao instead.
  2. Bring a jacket. It's really cold in the bus. 
  3. From QC, get on the bus no later than 12pm. This is so you get enough travel time and praying time before catching the last bus back to QC. Last bus departs Manaoag at 6pm.  
  4. Bring your own candles if you have them, though it wouldn't hurt to support the locals there.

As for answered prayers, we'll still have to see. I haven't done my part yet.  

41 comments:

  1. very well said.. this blog was very helpful..

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  2. I wanna know what happened to ur prayer, is it answered already? Hehe. Good luck..

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    1. Hi Pretty Adventurist,
      Yes, in a way, and I received more than what I had asked for :)
      ...Henson

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  3. Thanks for sharing planning to go there by may.

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    1. Have a safe trip! And may your prayers be answered.

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  4. Hi,

    Thank you for sharing this... just want to ask if yung hourly time ng bus is also for weekdays? Can't find Dagupan Bus' contact..

    Thank you!
    Kris

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    1. Hi Kris,
      Yes, if i'm not mistaken, pareho ang time ng bus pag weekdays at weekends. I went on a weekday :)
      ...Henson

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  5. Hi Henson,

    I want to thank you for this blog. This became one of my guides for my travel to Manaoag few months ago. I can say it is one of my lowest points I had experienced so far. I am not really prepared that time. Alone and having no concrete plan and experience to go to a distant place from my home , with enough money, (for fare, candles, food) a heart full of hope and faith as my companion, I went there to pray for my loved ones and for my special intention. Indeed, it was an answered prayer. God answers our prayers. We just have perseverance and faith in our prayer. God answers may be a YES, maybe LATER, maybe a MAYBE or even a NO, but GOD answers our prayers in the way that is best for us.

    Again, thank you very much Henson. :)

    P.S.

    Just wanted to share that I prayed to be a topnotcher in the board examinations, and nagkatotoo po. Mahirap, imposible, (aaminin ko parang nawalan ako ng pag-asa) and I almost give up pero with God, all things are possible. I am very grateful to God everyday. And pipilitin kong magamit itong blessing na ibinigay niya sa akin to serve Him and others. Be positive and Keep the faith!

    God bless us all.

    Ana :)

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    1. Hi Ana!

      Congratulations on passing the board exams--and topping it! :)

      I'm glad that this simple blog entry was able to help you in your journey.

      I wish you all the best. You deserve it.

      ...Henson

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  6. Hi Henson,

    I went to Our Lady of Manaoag yesterday with my relatives to attend the 10am mass and ask for a miracle to conceive a healthy baby despite my health issues. I am thinking of visiting it again solo flight next time so I can spend more time there.

    Thank you for sharing your blog post. God Bless!

    -Hazel

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    1. Hello, Hazel!

      Go for it :) It's always nice to take time out to be quiet and pray.

      What I wished for partly came true but was taken to a whole new and better direction. Things always work out in the end :)

      ...Henson

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  7. Hi!!

    any idea saan pwede sumakay back to manila from Manaoag?

    thank you and God bless

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  8. Hello!
    The last Dagupan Bus headed for Cubao is at 6pm. From past experiences, inabangan ko ito right outside the Manaoag Shrine at one of its gates. Hope this helps!
    ...Henson

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    1. Thank you so much :)

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  9. Wow. Im planning to go there with my soon to be girlfriend. The posts here are very encouraging. Like you, i'm not really prayerful. But i do hope, my prayers will be answered. Thanks for this post. :)

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    1. Hello! Thank you for reading and commenting :) Have a safe trip! Hopefully, she will be your girlfriend na. Hehe.

      ...Henson

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    2. Hello! Thank you for reading and commenting :) Have a safe trip! Hopefully, she will be your girlfriend na. Hehe.

      ...Henson

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  10. hi!!!

    may oras ba ang byahe ng dagupan bus papuntang manaoag?

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    1. Hello! I'm sure may scheduled times of departure yan. Hindi lang ako sure sa mga oras na iyon. Pero nag-abang ako ng dumadaan na Dagupan bus sa TriNoma ng mga 12pm. Meron naman. :)

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  11. I am planning to go there this october so thank you for your short, simple yet helpful blog.I wish your prayers were answered. GOD BLESS.:)

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  12. Hi po ano oras po kaya first trip galing cubao to manaog po?

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    1. Hello, I'm actually not sure.
      I think umagang umaga meron na yun.
      ...Henson

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  13. Very useful blog! Thanks for the information. God Bless

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  14. Hi! Your blog is very helpful. I am planning to go there this coming week to pray for some personal intentions and i am wondering how to go there, alone. I find your blog very informative and as i said, helpful. Thanks & God bless!

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    1. Hello Dylan! It's easy to go there.

      From my experience commuting from QC, I just hailed a bus from the Trinoma area that headed for Manaoag.

      If you'll be driving, you can actually Waze it. :)

      Hope this helps.

      ...Henson

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  15. Hi Henson,

    Just like you, me and my mom proved the miracle and answered prayers by going to manaoag.

    i almost died when i was on 3rd grade but my mom prayed when a replica visited the hospital and said that if i survive, she will go yearly as a "panata" to manaoag. and truth be told, after that, i got well and since then never got sick or even hospitalized!

    however, when my mom died on 2002, we stopped going there. then 3 years ago, my dad was hospitalized and was placed in the ICU. eh normally pag-ICU, 50/50 ang chances na gagaling. so i prayed that if he gets well, ipagpapatuloy ko panata ng mom ko. 2 straight years na..di na na-hospitalized dad ko. no serious sickness. :)

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    1. Wow! Thanks for sharing this. So inspiring :)

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  16. Hi Henson, thanks a lot for your blog. It really helps me. Do you know if there's a bus directly going to Baguio from Manaoag Shrine? Thanks in advance. :)

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  17. Thank u for this very detailed desc of how to get to MANAOAG via public transportation. U evn included tips on candles & last trip to Manila. More stories like this please!

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    1. Hello,
      I'm glad you appreciate it! :) Will try to post more, if I can.
      Thank you for the kind words. :)
      ...Henson

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  18. Where exactly in Cubao is the bus station of Dagupan bus..

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  19. just read your blog.. will be going to manaoag tomorrow night. :)

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  20. A very hrlpful blog. Im planning to go there all alone by tomorrow, like you, this will be my 2nd time to go there but my first time to commute all by myself. Thank you so much.


    -Son

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  21. This great blog 👍👍👍 big help to anyone want to travel by bus like me...godbless

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  22. This great blog 👍👍👍 big help to anyone want to travel by bus like me...godbless

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  23. Detailed and useful blog. thanks for sharing! Hoping we could book for a saturday trip.

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