Simala Shrine
Simala Shrine
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Taylor S
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 April 22, 2020
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eLL
Baguio, Philippines46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
If you are religious person, you can go here (even if you're not). They so strict with dress code. No to dress or shorts above the knee (no to sando/tanks or slippers). It should be below the knee (decent) or you can bring shawl to cover.

The place has great structure (still under repair). There's restroom inside the shrine which you will pay PHP 20.00 every time you go inside (lol).

If you will go here for taking pictures/site seeing, 30 mins to an hour is ok since traveling from this place to main town is 1-2 hours and you need to stop over for "PASALUBONG AREA".
Written January 16, 2020
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Eaten A
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
I’ll acknowledge that some people might see it as an over glorified concrete souvenir shop. It is mostly concrete and it does have a souvenir shop.

That said the architecture is actually really interesting both inside and out.

As a holy place it attracts many people to pray, very many, so if you want to pray at specific altar you will be lining up for a bit.

The toilets there were very clean; The rest of the place offers lots of photo opportunities.

There are Restaurants outside.

I think it’s worth a visit, it would a shame to be in Cebu and miss out such a place in the world.
Written January 3, 2020
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Brian Austin Cartin
Cebu Island, Philippines26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 February 2, 2020
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Clarizz
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 February 12, 2020
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SimonOnVacation
Toronto, Canada348 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Booked a private vehicle to get the shrine. The place was not far from Cebu City but the traffic and rough roads to get here is the reason for close to 3hr drive.
The place had a lot of people, we went directly up the main church. Mini-stores lined the side entrance, people buying souvenirs, religious items and also lighting candles.
People stay indoors to pray and ask for intercession for their prayers.
Written July 11, 2023
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Flappy Hanson
Manila, Philippines369 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 February 25, 2020
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Zayn
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Friends
Today, we visited this place. We ought to have a solemn prayer unfortunately the place was very crowded. And there was one guy on duty shouted on us. We know our fault but its not a major offense, he didn't have to shout and humiliate us in front of the crowd. I knew his doing his line of work but is it right to humiliate us?
Written November 27, 2021
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Dave R
Sydney, Australia2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Don't waste your time going here unless your dress code is 18th century. A formal dress 3 inches above the knee is considered sexy and not allowed. Seriously. After spending two and a half hours travelling to get there we were turned away by heavy handed security. My girlfriend was so insulted. I was incensed. The religious hypocrisy in this country is insane. This place ceased being a church 100 years ago when they turned it into a tourist attraction. Don't bother. Go to Thailand instead, the Philippines isn't worth your time or your money.
Written March 11, 2024
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frenchy8888
Los Angeles, CA74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Friends
This place is so beautiful and sacred… Breathtaking It’s like a castle - I love it !!! I can’t wait to go back when the chapel is done , it’s under renovation when I was there last July 11,2022 . I love this place especially the Virgin Mary . VILMA VITUG JENNINGS here 😍 all my love 😍
Written August 7, 2022
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