Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag | Things to do in Manaoag-Pangasinan
|Open:||4am-7pm Mon-Sun, Museum 8am-5pm|
|Address:||Milo St. Brgy. Poblacion, Manaoag, Pangasinan|
The newly-opened AGTALON Organic Hub in Manaoag aims to promote farm tourism and the different organic products around Northern Luzon. AGTALON (Agro-Technical Assistance and Livelihood Opportunities in the North) is a globally-recognized NGO that promotes sustainable agriculture and development. You can pass by the hub along National Highway on your way to Urdaneta City. It currently has a store where you can buy organic products and a small farm at the back that will be developed as a pick-and-pay farm. This year they are planning to have a kubo-type restaurant that will allow visitors to eat organic meals and try malunggay or chesa ice cream as desserts. The hub is open from Monday to Sunday.
Made with love and hard work, Marlyn's Puto Special is one of the main suppliers of puto calasiao (sticky steamed rice cake) in Manaoag. Remember the early days of just chilling with your family on a picnic, a gathering or a fiesta that won't be complete without puto on the side. Experience how these are made by heading at Aling Marlyn's Puto plantation. Observe how her family help each other in cooking a thousand pieces of puto every day, that is only from the minimum orders they get on a day to day basis. Because of her exceptional hard work, and being a hands-on entre-Pinay, she had already bought their own house and lot and a tricycle and she plans to expand the place for their plantation.
Be amazed how a mushroom, an edible organic mushroom is delicately sowed with the use of dried leaves that just can be found in the backyard. Everybody knows mushrooms grow everywhere but achieving a specific kind, careful steps should be done. In a hidden backyard in Brgy Pias, Mapandan, Mang Ferdinand will show you, together with his friendly dog body guards will show you how they make mushrooms. First, dried banana leaves will be cut into pieces to make a bundle and dip into a barrel of water for an hour simultaneously laying it on the ground to make a bed that will be sowed with seedling or a mushroom spawn. After making a four-layer bed, it should be covered with plastic and later on with huge banana leaves to cover the whole mushroom ground. The mushrooms will be ready for harvest in about five days. For 30 years, Mang Ferdinand can usually collect 80 kilograms of mushrooms per harvest and sell it around 200 pesos per kilo.
Where to stay
Ruperto's Inland Resort is located in Barangay Linmansangan, town of Binalonan, Pangasinan. It's only a four hours drive from Manila. Its proximity to Baguio City makes it an ideal place to stay as you can get a glimpse of the country's summer capital in just a two-hour drive from the resort. Or visit the shrine of Our Lady of Manaoag, only 15 minutes via leisurely drive amidst green countryside scenery and smooth concrete roads.