Eco-Tourism Park | Things to do in Santa Maria-Pangasinan
|Open:||Everyday, including holidays, 7am to 6pm|
|Address:||Brgy. San Vicente, Pangasinan-Nueva Vizcaya Road, Santa Maria, Pangasinan|
|Fee:||P10.00 (environmental fee), P100.00 cottage rental, P30.00 table rental|
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.
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.
Where to stay
Unwind and get close to nature at this resort in Rosales, 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 Vicente, Pangasinan-Nueva Vizcaya Road, Santa Maria, PangasinanGet directions