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The Monastery of the Holy Eucharist, prevalently known as the Simala Shrine or Simala Church is situated in Marian Hills, Lindogon, Simala, Sibonga, Cebu. It was worked in 1998 by the Marian Monks from Pampanga. It used to be only a standard church until after the occurrences of marvelous occasions. One of which is the shedding of tears of the Mother Mary’s picture. It made ready for the place of worship’s ubiquity with lovers continually rushing the region. There are different reasons why individuals come to visit the Simala Shrine. For Catholic devotees, the primary motivation behind why they visit the spot is for them to offer their dedication, supplications, and petitions to the Virgin Mary with an expectation that each request and commitment will be replied. Another reason is for the mending of physical and profound sickness. For a few, mainly for non-Catholics, visiting the sanctum is for experience and interest purposes as it were. The stunning structure and engineering of the holy place will truly leave somebody in amazement.
Things that are not allowed or supposed to be done inside the Simala Shrine Sibonga.
- Taking pictures with flash
- Wearing revealing clothes (for women: smaller than expected skirts, short shorts, see-through pullovers and jeans, tube and crop tops)
*Note: There are shawls or shrouds for lease at Php20.00 each for the individuals who are not ready to bring a skirt.
- Smoking and drinking mixed beverages
- Yelling and making uproarious clamors
- Wearing of footwear inside the petition room
- Standby off Habal haval drivers.
Holy Mass Schedule at Birhen sa Simala:
Sunday – 12:00nn & 3:30pm
Monday to Friday – 12:00nn
Saturday – 10:30 am
13th of the month – 10:30am & 3:30pm
- Contracting a taxi (around Php1000 to Php2000, roundtrip) going to Simala from Cebu is somewhat costly.
- No eating inside the shrine however you can bring your own water and food where you can eat at the cottages close to the compound.
- On the off chance that you might want to unwind and avoid the crowd/devotees on your visit, stay away from Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
- From the airport terminal, ride a taxi setting off toward the south bus terminal
- Board bus transport going to sibonga. The bus ride will take pretty much 2 hours and 30 minutes. Another choice is to ride a van which more costly than the bus. Leasing a taxi can be another choice. However, it will cost around 2,000-3,000 for a round trip day.
- From the drop off in Lindogon, ride a tricycle or bike heading off to the place of worship or shrine.
Since the Simala Shrine was worked for religious purposes, it is ideal to pay regard when visiting the area. Regardless of whether Catholic or non-catholic believers, it is still best to give and offer the most extreme concern for the conviction of others. For a few, the altar may simply be a spot for photography and experience, yet remember that for the adherents, the place is sacred.