What makes this shrine special to the locals and the visitors as well? A story here goes that the image of the crucified Christ refused to leave the chapel. A group of devotees wanted to put the image to a bigger sanctuary years ago. But when the people tried to transfer the image, they couldn’t as it had become inexplicably heavy. The townsfolk interpreted that the image did not want to be removed. So, they decided to build a bigger chapel to house and honor the miraculous image. The image is also believed to grow in size and grant miracles. The chapel, just like Manaoag Church, is now a main pilgrimage and tourist destination in the province of Pangasinan.
Built in the 17th and 19th centuries by the Dominicans. Renovations have been done to this church and bell tower after an earthquake has damaged it but the exact replica is retained. The bell tower is one of the most beautifully designed towers I have seen. I came here on a Holy Wednesday, it was dark inside the church so I was not able to get a good photo of the altar.
Centrally located between Dagupan City and Sna Carlos City, Calasiao is a progressive town that is well-known for its native delicacy, puto'. It is a bite-sized, sweetened soft rice cake made from semi-glutinous rice that is fermented in earthen jars. What sets their puto apart from everyone else is that its tastier and has that melt-in-the-mouth feeling and once you start eating, you can't stop. You can find puto anywhere in the Philippines, but when its from Calasiao, its different. There's also a bite-sized kutsinta variety.
You can find puto stalls in front of the Municipal Hall, along the street going to Sr. Divino Tesoro and the church. It is a 20 - 30 min. drive away from Dagupan City.