My mother's friend was the one who told us about the miraculous Simala shrine located in Cebu so I decided to take our family there. We spent overnight at Cebu City and early in the morning we traveled to the Citylink bus terminal. This is where you'll find buses going straight to Simala. We arrived there around noontime. The place is visually magnificent and sacred. We were able to attend the mass which was so solemn that you seem to get lost in the moment. I personally witnessed a miracle during the middle of the mass when I smelled the fragrance of roses. At first I thought it was the scent of the perfume coming from one of the churchgoers but as the mass went on, the scent of roses became very distinct.
After the mass, we went to visit the sanctuary of the Virgin. We have to fall in line as there were throngs of people going to the same place. In spite of the numerous people, the atmosphere remains solemn and sacred. We also took time to view the different images of the Virgin Mary located in the sanctuary on the second floor and purchased souvenirs to share with family and friends.
I consider that trip as something I would never forget in my lifetime because I was fortunately touched by the Blessed Virgin My family is looking forward to go back there every year if possible.
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