It was in February 17, 2015 that the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag was proclaimed Minor Basilica.
Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said that this means the spiritual benefits that one gains by visiting the papal basilicas will also be received by those visiting the Shrine of Manaoag. The Shrine, which is also a parish church of the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan, is an affiliate of the Papal Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. (CBCP)
To get there via commute, board the bus bound for Manaoag at the Dagupan Bus Terminal in Cubao. The terminal is a short walk from the Cubao bus stop, northward after passing several bus terminals. Estimated travel time from Cubao to Manaoag is at least 4 hours. Fare was P315. The bus departed at 2am and we arrived at the church a little past 6am. The bus stops near the church. A lot of vendors will approach you offering their candles or other religious items.
We decided to have breakfast at a nearby food house first, then attended the 7am mass. Check the mass schedules here.
After the mass, we went to light our candles and offer our petitions. We then lined up to touch the image of the miraculous Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag. Evidently, many Filipinos have a strong devotion to Our Lady of Manaoag.
The crowd was manageable during the time that we went there (Saturday morning 6am). I think this is the best time to go, early enough to avoid the traffic and the crowd, and you can sleep while in transit. The bus terminal to Manila is just a short distance from the Church. Considering the travel time, we decided to have our lunch at the Isdaan Floating Restaurant in Gerona, Tarlac. Hope you find this useful.