The Our Lady of Manaoag Cathedral was established 400 years ago. Ten years after which, the ivory image was brought to the Philippines by Padre Juan de San Jacinto from Spain via Acapulco. Folk tradition has it that the Blessed Mother Mary Herself designated the place where the church would be built.
The Our Lady of Manaoag Cathedral is Spanish-Romanesque sprinkled with a little touch of German and Italian Renaissance architectural composition. The main features of the facade of the church, on each pilaster at the lower section are topped by the statues of St. Vincent Ferrer, St. Margaret of Hungary, St. Catherine of Sienna and St. Dominic of Guzman.
At the center of the church stands the elevated majestic wooden Altar of Our Lady. Atop the tabernacle of the Most Blessed Sacrament are; the center of which enthrones the miraculous image of Our Lady flanked to its right by the statue of St. Francis of Assisi; to its left by the statue of St. Dominic of Guzman.
Shrine of Our Lady of Manaoag