“Birhen Milagrosa” is a religious pilgrimage site popular to locals located in Brgy. Moog, Laguindingan. It all started when an image of the Virgin Mary reportedly appeared in one of the rock openings (crevice) of the limestone cliffs bordering the sea.
To pay homage, local devotees built a chapel around it with the small image as the altar. Below shows the image (left) inside the crevice.
The chapel and its altar.
Closer look at the altar…
Because it is near the beach, local tourists frequent the area to cool off. Some tables/cottages are available for rent with proceeds going to the development/improvement of the chapel.
At low tide, tourists can wade through the waters just knee-deep…
Before the airport was built, going to the chapel was difficult with rough roads and a little bit distant from the town proper of Laguindingan. But with the 4-lane airport road now available, accessibility has not become a problem. See the route below. Turn right just before the main entrance to the airport then follow the red line indicated.
This is the directional sign at the start of the slight descent in the map.
This is the start of the “descent” as indicated in the map. You could see the bay and El Salvador City in the horizon.
This is the all-weather road as it nears the chepl site.
Those who don’t have vehicles can hire local motorcycles or “habal-habal”.
The chapel is just a short descent from the road.
A serene place, the Birhen Milagrosa in Moog, Laguindingan could soon be another popular religious pilgrimage site.