There is a lot of churches in Ilocos Norte. Most of them are old and historical. But beyond those infamous places, this church in Badoc catches new attraction in the province.
La Virgen Milagrosa Chapel
This church is one of the most unique churches you will ever see in the Philippines.
Badoc houses the Sanctuary of the Miraculous Statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the La Virgen Milagrosa. History traces the life-sized statue to Nagasaki, Japan.
It was sent floating in the sea by missionaries operating in secret in Japan (for fear of persecution during the Tokugawa Regime), along with the Miraculous Statue of the Black Nazarene (Sinait’s Santo Cristo Milagroso).
It was first found by local fishermen in the shores of Barangay Dadalaquiten, on the boundary between Sinait and Badoc, in the year 1620.
Only fishermen from Sinait were able to move the Statue of the Black Nazarene. The fishermen from Badoc, unable to move the Black Nazarene, were able to move the La Virgen Milagrosa that came with it–which was, in turn, unable to be moved by the fishermen from Sinait.
They took the statues to their respective towns, hence becoming their patron saints. Today The La Virgen Milagrosa is enshrined at the Badoc Church.
The chapel was was built last December 2013. Compare to other churches in Ilocos, this one stands along the beach.
Another uncommon things with this chapel are:its altar is made from a huge rock and seashells and the podium and chairs are made from wood.
NOTE: Don't be confused it with La Virgen Milagrosa De Badoc - this one is located in Badoc town proper.
|La Virgen Milagrosa De Badoc|
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Hundred Islands
- Who is Virgen Milagrosa?
The Virgin of Miracles or Saint Mary of La Rábida (Spanish: Virgen de los Milagros or Santa María de la Rábida) is a religious Roman Catholic image venerated at the La Rabida Monastery in the city of Palos de la Frontera (Huelva, Spain).
- What is La Virgen Milagrosa Festival?
La Milagrosa Festival is an annual celebration in Ilocos Norte held every month of May. This festivity commenced last year (2012), led by Governor Imee Marcos to give tribute to their adopted patron, La Virgen Milagrosa of Badoc.
- How do I get to badoc Island?
To get to Badoc Island, ride a bus bound for Laoag, and instruct the driver to drop you at Badoc Detachment or Badoc New Market. From there, you can ride a tricycle to Barangay Pagsanahan, where boats are docked bound for the island. Tricycle fares range from P100-200.
- What is badoc known for?
Badoc, Ilocos Norte is most known for being the birthplace of the very popular Filipino personality, Juan Luna. It is here that the Juan Luna Shrine which houses mostly the reproductions of his precious artworks can be found.
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HOW TO GET TO ILOCOS NORTE
LAOAG CITY can be accessed by the following:
- By Land: Partas, GV Florida Transport, Dominion Bus Lines, Philippine Rabbit and Fariñas Transit have daily trips that will take you directly to Laoag City.
Travel Time: From Manila to Laoag City, 10-12 hours. So, I advise you to have a night trip for this.
- By Plane: Take a direct flight from Manila to Laoag via Cebu Pacific or Philippine Airlines.
Travel Time: From Manila to Laoag City is about an hour. Flights are usually at night, so better make the necessary adjustments on your itinerary.
Badoc is the first town in south Ilocos Norte. It is sitting at the boundary of to Ilocos provinces. If you are coming from Manila or Vigan City, you can drop off at a bus stop in Badoc town proper.
Badoc is known for the birthplace of famous Filipino painter, Juan Luna.
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Check out my Ilocos Travel Guide:
- TOP 10 Must-See Sights in Ilocos Norte (Best Tourist Spots!)
- The Sinking Bell Tower of Laoag City
- Bangui Wind Turbines, the First Wind Farm in the Philippines
- Malacañang of the North and the Marcoses
- Patapat Viaduct - Connecting Ilocos and Cagayan Valley
- 4x4 Adventure at Paoay Sand Dunes
- Saint Augustine Church AKA Paoay Church
- La Virgen Milagrosa Chapel of Badoc
- Blue Lagoon, The Boracay of the North
- Kapurpurawan Rock Formation of Burgos
- Cape Bojeador Lighthouse of Burgos
- Marcos Museum and Mausoleum in Batac
- 10 Ilocano Food That Will Make You Crave For
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