Ma-Cho Temple is adorned with Chinese motif of lions and dragons etched on camphor woods and massive stones imported directly from Taipei.It is located on a hill in downtown San Fernando La Union overlooking the South China Sea, MA_CHO is the first Taoist temple in the country with the original spider type dome made from interlinking wood carvings of saints piling up one after another for a total of 11 tiers.
The moving spirit behind the temple’s construction is Mr. Dy Keh Hio, father of Aldrico Dy.The temple’s cornerstone was laid on September 11,1975 and the first bucket of cement was pured on December 5,1976. Today, it stands majestically on a more than one hectare of lot, about seven storeys high and an elevation of 70 feet above sea level.
There are no special days set aside for one to enter a Taoist temple.Taoism does not have baptismal rites to formally count one as a member of the sect. For those who believe in the temple, Taoism states that anybody, irrespective of nationality, is welcome to pray, to meditate and to offer at the temple. I like that!
Legend has it that the image of the Virgin of Casaysay was fished by one Juan Maningkad in 1603 at the Pansipit River in old Taal. They are one and the same. The image at the Ma-Cho Temple was a gift of the Taiwanese fisherman to the San Fernando Folk in 1972, in appreciation of the hospitality extended to them when their boat was driven off the shores of San Fernando bay during a powerful typhoon.
Ma-Cho and the Virgin of casaysay are one and the same. The belief is that Ma-Cho is a Goddess of the Sea and has special affection for people residing by the sea or for those who work by the sea.
There are tens pf thousands of Taoists in the Philippines for the simple reason that there are many Chinese inhabitants in the country. Taoism has been in existence in the Philippines for more than 4,600 years. Taoism is a Chinese religion which began in 100BC. It was influence by Chinese folk religion on wherein their Gods are humn beings who displayed miraculous and exceptional powers during their lives. Taoism is the Chinese version of Buddhism.
Learned a lot of new things indeed during this quich visit to Ma-Cho Taoist Temple in San Fernando La Union. Amazing!