Simala Shrine

Simala Shrine, Cebu Island

Simala Shrine
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Manfred P
6 contributions
Disney Khatolizism
Jun 2020
In Beton gegossenes Khatolisches religiöses Dineyland.

Catholic religious Disneyland cast in concrete.
Written 16 May 2021
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Taylor S
5 contributions
Hopeful Prayers
Feb 2020 • Couples
Went here for a Religious Tourism and it was divine. The place is truly solemn and reverent.
Feels like that any prayer of a sincere heart will be granted by this place.
Visiting here on weekdays are much more preferable too as lesser people will be around.
Written 22 April 2020
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Pio
6 contributions
religious place. .
Jan 2020
simala has a big changes from those times i visit here with my family ,,it started just like very ordinary and so few people came here. .. and usually we wait at the gate when they open. . .now its like a tourist place to visit
Written 10 March 2020
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Marty
Cebu City, Philippines380 contributions
Worth the trip south from Cebu City
May 2019 • Solo
So far 😉 I’ve found 4 different names for this magnificent Cebu 🇵🇭 Religious Heritage Site
• Simala Shrine
• The Monastery Of The Holy Eucharist
• Mama Mary Shrine Of Simala
• Birhen sa Simala

For Simala Shrine ... I believe , is the shorten name ( could be mistaken , as I’m not a Filipino )

I noticed a meaningful sign , up the top of the first ramp up to the Simala Shrine — You are here a PILGRIMS , NOT AS TOURISTS to offer praise, Thanksgivings, Sacrifices, & Petitions to God and Mama Mary

Even thou I’m surely not Catholic ... you feel something there

In any respect ... I’m elated 😀😁 to finally have been able to make my way to Simala Shrine

As previously , over a year now , I’ve been looking at traveling to visit the Simala Shrine ... however disappointingly 😖 I was always quoted between P2500 - P3500 for a return trip by taxi or Hire Van

As yesterday , with intending to travel by V Hire Van ( from Junquera St , Van transit depot ) to Carcar City ... to have an explore , I discovered that the V Hire - P100 , travels through to Sibonga - which is the small township nearest the Shrine ... with this I described to continued on ( give it a go 😁 glad I did )

After having a uneventful quick look around Sibonga , I traveled by Tricycle the near 5kms to Simala Shrine - P150

I later discovered ( whilst at the Shrine ) that the V Hire Van I was on actually travels just to Simala Shrine & returns to Cebu City - even through on the side of the V Hire states it travels to Santander ... therefore after my interesting look around Simala Shrine , I was conveniently able to catch another V Hire Van back to Cebu City 😁

As usually whenever you catch a V Hire Van from any of the depots around Cebu City , the Van’s has it’s final destination on the side door ... as for the van depots , each depot is the transit point for V Hire Vans traveling to their different locations across Cebu ( even thou these V Hire Vans are all one company )

The Simala Shrine is located nearly 2 hours south of Cebu City , on Mama Mary Sanctuary Roard , Sibonga ... as a few Facebook address post maps , have Simala Shrine in Cebu City

Opening hours at Simala Shrine :
• 7 days 8am - 8pm

Holy Mass Schedule :
• Sunday – 12:00nn & 3:30pm
• Monday to Friday – 12:00nn
• Saturday – 10:30am
• 13th of the month – 10:30am & 3:30pm

It is free entrance to the Simala Shrine ... with Religious donations welcomed

Over many decades ... the Miraculous castle like Simala Shrine , is still being built by the Marian Monks of Eucharistic Adoration ... who serve as the guardian of this sacred site ... with the help of different communities of Sisters

Within the church main building ... for the devoted , there are many “Dagkutanan” ( meaning a place for candle lighting )

For choosing your candles at the Shrine
• Gold – Healing ( good health , recovery , spiritual , family tree )
• Green – Prosperity / Success ( exam , study , financial , business )
• Blue – Perseverance ( employment , career, assignment , promotions )
• Violet – Achievement ( plans in life , struggles, endeavours , journey , voyage )
• Red – Love ( unity , friendship , engagement , family )
• Yellow – Peace ( courage , strength , hope )
• White – Purity ( enlightenment , guidance , right path )
• Orange – Reconciliation ( sweetheart , wife , husband , enemy , family )
• Pink – Thanksgiving / Happiness / Joy ( spiritual , physical )
• Black – Souls ( forgiveness , pardon )
• Brown – Vocation ( marriage bond , God’s servant , single life )
• Grey – Deliverance ( bad ways , things , spirits )
• Cream – Conversion / Faith ( children , household , couples )

Please note ... there is a strict dress code into Simala Church grounds :
• No Sleeveless / Tube / Short Blouses
• No Shorts above the knees ( men / women )
• No Sleeveless men’s T-Shirts
• No Mini Skirts
• No Fitting or Transparent Pants
• No inappropriate images or language of cloths
• Plus No Smoking or Alcoholic Drinks
• Plus No food or water - consumed outside
Written 9 March 2020
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JeanRocqueRaltique
Manila, Philippines295 contributions
A pilgrim site rather than a tourist spot
Jan 2020 • Couples
We went to Simala Shrine during our very short weekend trip to Cebu. We rented a car at the airport and spent overnight at a resort in Mactan. The next day, with the help of Waze, we were able to reach the shrine, also known as the Monastery of the Holy Eucharist. The road leading to the shrine is called Mama Mary Sanctuary Road.

As a Catholic, I consider this place as a pilgrim site rather than a tourist attraction. Since this is a religious place, proper dress code must be observed. Sleeveless clothes and shorts are not allowed.

God bless us...
Written 25 February 2020
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Edward
1 contribution
tranquility personified
Feb 2020 • Solo
fantastic 360 vistas, rejuvenated and left feeling spirited, uplifted,would recommend Asian cuisine,
Written 24 February 2020
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BennieGS2016
Davao City, Philippines25 contributions
Enlightenment
Oct 2019 • Family
Just an hour or less from cebu city center. Faithfuls tambayan. Since it is a sacred Place, you ask by prayer and tru faith (geniune), your wish might be granted.
Written 12 February 2020
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Clarizz
5 contributions
Simala with Family
Jan 2020 • Family
They have a strict compliance of proper dress codes. No short shorts and mini skirts, no sleeveless, no dresses above the knee, etc.
People downstairs offer "sarongs" for rent.

Also, arm yourself with your own umbrella, fan, and water. If you're visiting in "hot & sunny hours".

There are umbrellas for rent downstairs too.

God bless us all! 🙏
Written 12 February 2020
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NPLim
Laguna Province, Philippines296 contributions
A Faith so beautiful
Feb 2020 • Family
No matter how huge the church is, you can still hear the songs and prayers from the outside which will touch your heart. I feel blessed paying visit in this Church with my family. This can be one of your faith enrichment destinations and you will be amazed by stories that made this Church where it is now.
Written 8 February 2020
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Brian Austin Cartin
Cebu Island, Philippines19 contributions
This shows the faith of the Filipino People especially the Cebuanos
Jul 2019
As you stroll along the long bridge/hall towards the church, the view is mesmerizing and leaves you at awe! The devotion and dedication of the people to create a shrine or rather a palace for the Blessed Virgin Mary is indubious and should be commended. The scale of it is very large and you can see intricate details as you circle the area. Just enjoy the view and if you are willing, you can light up a candle and pray for the things you want.
Written 2 February 2020
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