Our Lady of the Pillar Shrine | Things to do in Santa Maria-Pangasinan
|Address:||Brgy. San Patricio, Santa Maria Bypass Road and Santa Maria Binalonan Road, 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.
Established in 1899, this church has undergone three rebuilds throughout the years, with the recent one done between early to mid-2000. Before the year 1940, the parish was made of cogon and bamboo. Today, it is made of stone, with a taupe matte finish--lending a modern look to the historical landmark. By its entrance, the Bario de Pila 1873 Bell is displayed, serving as one existing memorabilia of the history of Catholicism in the town. Above the church doors, an effigy of the Blessed Virgin Mary welcomes visitors as they enter. Inside, the hall is lined with wooden pews and adorned with stained glass windows depicting select events during the Stations of the Cross. At the back of the church, one can find the Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic School, built in 2000 as one of the means in promoting catechetical and religious instructions among the children of Pangasinan.
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
Brgy. San Patricio, Santa Maria Bypass Road and Santa Maria Binalonan Road, Santa Maria, PangasinanGet directions