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Review of Simala Shrine

Simala Shrine
Ranked #11 of 297 things to do in Cebu Island
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

To be in this place, is heaven here on earth :)

Everything is holy, if you enter this sacred place, you will forget being bad. You will forget how to do bad. You will really feel the essence of the Christian community and on how they really value the faith and importance of what they believe. Respect is emphasized, SIMPLY AMAZING :)

7  Thank dave p
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

a lot of people visit this place because it is said that it's miraculous. most devotees come here and people who have wishes/requests to the blessed mother are regularly seen. right now, it is still undergoing expansion that's why there's still construction work on the site. when you decide to visit, make sure to wear clothes that don't show too much skin. shorts & mini skirts are not allowed so you will be suggested to wear a sarong/coverup cloth to go inside.

4  Thank igga200
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

I feel blessed every time I visit the place. You can tell all your worries and feel relieved . You can't dislike a place like this

3  Thank RoseMai
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Well, as I was looking for stops on our way to Kawasan Falls, I found this in the internet. I found out that this has become a very popular miraculous shrine as there are many answered prayers from the Virgin Mary.

It was a 2 hour drive from the city, but it was worth it. The small little chapel has now expanded into a castle like complex. And it's still being expanded with an impressive stations of the cross in preparation for the holy week next year.

There is a vast display of mementoes or offerings from people whose prayers were answered, from crutches, wheelchairs, to baby booties, school awards, etc.

To pay your respect to the Virgin Mary, there is a queue. To pay your respects to other statues or photos, there is also a queue. I'm quite impressed at this, as everything is very organized. No one's jumping queues, no one's pushing, no one's talking loudly. The place is so solemn and quiet that I could hear my own breath. It's nice because it creates the environment for prayer which is what you're there for.

You are also asked to remove your shoes and wear a sarong if you are dressed inappropriately (no sleeveless, no shorts), just like the temples in other countries.

There is also a huge gallery of all the Virgin Mary's around the nation and even some from other countries like Lady of Fatima, Virgin Mary at Lourdes, Lady of Japan, Lady of Manaoag, Lady of Perpetual Help, etc. This is quite a good collection and you can see all the wonderful clothes and embellishments on display. Not only is this a gallery, but people go and pay their respects here as well.

Go early as the queues get longer and slower as the day progresses. It was a Sunday when we went and we arrived around 9am. There was a small queue going up to the Virgin Mary statue but it was moving quite fast. When we left at around 10 or 10 past, the queues have extended almost to the entrance of the complex and it was moving quite slow.

4  Thank kormensandiego
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

The shrine dedicated to Mama Mary is slightly out of the way and up a mountain. Buses, cars, vans, motorbikes are all headed in the same direction so the drive will be slow, particularly on Sundays and holy days. In the carpark, traders selling food, drinks and tourist items, like holy water are evrywhere. But once inside the grounds, the sight is overwhelming. Be warned: Dress code applies, so women wear short sleeves or a shawl and long shorts/skirt, no minis, and men, a T-shirt. "No couples allowed"! (Don't know how they patrol that one! Seems everyone's friends!) The throngs of people lining up to touch the Blessed Mary inside the cathedral seem endless, so we skipped that and entered the church to sit inside and listen to the mass, which was peaceful and calming, then we went into the halls and viewed the many prayers and thanks given to Mother Mary for her help in answering prayers and granting miracles. These took the form of cabinets absolutely full of letters, cards, realia i.e. photos, badges, wheelchairs and crutches etc. It reminded me of Lourdes! The gardens are expansive complete with oversized statues of The Blessed Mary and the many huge buildings on the mountain makes the whole view quite breathtaking.

4  Thank Frantosh
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