Our Lady of the Pillar Parish Church | Things to do in Santa Maria-Pangasinan
|Address:||Carmen - Poblacion Rosales National Rd, Santa Maria, Pangasinan|
The Gabaldon building has a historical significance, especially to the older generation of Sta. Maria. It is one of the heritage schoolhouses built between 1907 and 1946, following the standard plans designed by Architect William E. Parsons. Constructed in March 19, 1920, the edifice has etched their place in history, serving as hospitals, town halls or evacuation centers in times of war and calamities. Run down by time, the elements, and neglect, it was abandoned altogether. Last year, however, the building was deemed worthy of restoration. It retained its original functional design, which was certified safe and stable, and is now being used as a classroom by Sta. Maria East Integrated School. Its rooms are big and wide, with lauan floors and enormous capiz windows, making it perfect for our tropical climate. By restoring the schoolhouses, their historical significance is preserved, while the need for more classrooms is also addressed.
The 17-feet effigy of the Virgin Mary stands regally at the border of Brgy. Asingan and Brgy. Sta Maria, attracting the attention of passersby and motorists. The statue is made of fiberglass and was constructed through the combined effort of private donors. Most locals believe that their patron saint can grants petitions, whether it be healing from sickness or restoration of relationship. Some devout believers even share stories of past miracles done by Our Lady of the Pillar. A man-made well is also situated beside the shrine, and as with all wells, visitors have made it a point to throw coins in it after making a wish. Whether you believe this to be true or not, the shrine remains a majestic sight to behold and offers a peek into the locals' beliefs and values.
From the town proper, this vast greenland can be reached via a 5-minute tricycle ride. For those not familiar with the area, walking into this serene park is like discovering a secret hiding place in the city. The place offers a scenic view of the Caraballo Mountains, the Narciso Bridge, and water pooled from the irrigation dams nearby--making it an ideal spot for viewing the sunset. What was once a field of cogon grass has now been transformed to a recreation area wherein families can rent a bahay kubo for the day and set up a picnic. Rows of trees provide shade from the heat, and a small bridge offers a view of the lagoon, which is sometimes teeming with fish.
Where to stay
Unwind and get close to nature at this resort in Tayug, Pangasinan. This place invites you to take a breather away from the hustle and bustle of the city, while still offering you the basic amenities you need. Whether you’re looking for a new adventure, in a new town or a quiet respite from your busy schedule, this relaxing getaway has you covered.
Getting there and around
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