Simala Church - Cebu, Philippines
Simala Church is where the Virgin Mary said to have appeared. There are long lines to touch the statue of the Virgin Mary. A lot of student would go there before board exams and would pray to pass. You will see a lot of pens, papers, and letters thanking Mary for answering their prayers. There are also a lot of medical miracles. While in line you will see crutches and devices displayed on the walls of the cured patients. There were people who were cured of Cancer! You will see different versions of Mary inside the church.
From Cebu it takes about 2 and a half hours to get there by car. If you will be taking a bus go to the South Bus Terminal and take the one going to Sibonga. Just tell the conductor where you are heading to Simala and they will stop there. When you get to the stop there will be Habal Habal rides available to take you directly to the church.
Mass Schedule at Simala
Monday to Friday - 12:00 noon
Saturday - 10:30am
Sunday - 12:00 noon and 3:30pm
13th of the month - 10:30am and 3:30pm
You can also buy different colour candles for specific prayers. 35pesos
There are also red circle block candles for free or you can add money in the donation box.
Make sure you use the bathroom before you enter because the bathrooms are really far.
There are also shops and canteens outside the church.
Make sure you use proper attire. No torn pants or see thru shirts. They will make you wear a cover up.
Side gates of the church.
Wear protective gear. It gets pretty hot. Have your sunscreen, hat, umbrella, and a towel.
Simala Church is like a castle! It is not done yet, but the arena area is said to be the place where mass would be held in the future.