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The Marian Church in Simala
A lot of Cebuanos and Marian devotees flock Sibonga every now and then to give thanksgiving, pay their respects and ask for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Indeed, over the past half decade the Monastery of the Holy Eucharist Church located in Simala, Sibonga, has become one of the most visited places in Cebu.
The Marian Monks of the Eucharistic Adoration run the church. Inside the church are numerous statues, an altar, pews, and a lot of memorabilias. The cabinets hold a number of personal letters addressed to Mother Mary, which has become a source of inspiration for the people who visit the church every day.
Apart from the magnificent church structure, the area has a lot of features. They have a gift shop that sells pendants, rosary beads, prayer books, bibles, and statuettes, among other items. Proceeds are used to fund food and lodging for the monks. They also have a wishing well, several gardens and a picnic area.
If you wish to visit Simala, it is located specifically at the Marian Hills of Lindogon, Simala, in Sibonga, Cebu. If you opt to travel by public transportation, proceed to the Cebu South Bus Terminal located at N. Bacalso Avenue, Cebu City. Hop on a bus heading towards Argao and prepare for a two-hour drive. The ride can cost each passenger approximately Php50.
In Sibonga, you will be welcomed by habal-habal and tricycle drivers with whom you can negotiate a ride to Simala. The church is located a few kilometers away from the Sibonga highway. The 15-minute ride could cost approximately Php20.
A friendly reminder though, wear something decent when you visit Simala as it is a holy place. Sleeveless tops and other types of revealing outfits are not allowed inside the church.