Cebu

Castle Church of Cebu – the Simala Shrine

This was my second time visiting Simala Church, the first was the year 2013 and a lot has changed since my last visit.

Simala Church is located in Marian Hills, Lindogon, Simala, Sibonga, Cebu. This was built by the Marian Monks in the year 1998. I heard a lot of miraculous events that happened on this church that is why a vast of devotees visit the Simala Shrine to offer their devotion, prayers and petition to the Virgin Mary of Lindogon. Another reason is for healing of physical and spiritual illness.

On my first visit, me and my friend Annie waited our turn to see and touch the Sto. Niño. While patiently waiting I was so amazed with the stories of healing and granted wishes of all the devotees who prayed in this church. I had goosebumps all over my body.

The Castle Church of Lindogon

Mass Schedule in Simala Shrine:

  • Monday to Friday – 12:00 noon
  • Saturday – 10:30 am
  • Sunday – 12:00 noon and 3:30 pm

For the second time around, I prayed and offer petition through candles. They have this part of the church where you can write your petition on a piece of paper and choose a colored candles with its corresponding purpose:

  • White – Purity : enlightenment, guidance, right path, etc.
  • Yellow – Peace : courage, strength, hope
  • Violet – Achievements : plans in life, journey, struggles, endeavors, voyage
  • Red – Love : unity, family,  friendship, engagement
  • Pink – Thanksgiving, Happiness, Joy : physical, spiritual
  • Orange- Reconciliation : sweetheart, husband, wife, family, enemy
  • Gray – Deliverance : bad ways, things, spirits
  • Green – Prosperity and Success : financial, business, study, exam
  • Gold – Healing : good health, spiritual, recovery, family tree
  • Cream – Conversion and Faith : household, children, couples
  • Brown – Vocation : marriage bond, single life, God’s servant
  • Blue – Perseverance : employment, career, promotions, assignment
  • Black – Souls : pardon, forgiveness

Reminder: (these are the things you need to take note when visiting Simala)

  • Proper dress code. Ladies should wear a shirt with sleeve, no sleeveless, no see through and if dress it should be below the knee. Shawls and long skirts are provided for rent for P20.00 on a nearby store if your attire is not permitted.
  • No smoking and alcoholic drinks.
  • Shouting and making loud noises.

How to get here:

  • From any point of Cebu proper or wherever you are, ride a cab going to South Bus terminal.
  • If going by bus: Board a bus going to Sibonga, fare will cost you P85.00 and  bus ride will take 2 and half hours.
  • I strongly recommend you ride a van instead. Head to South GT Express Terminal, fare is P100.00 per person.
  • You don’t need to ride a trike when you go with the van because drop off point is just a distance away from the church unlike riding a bus.

Travel tips:

  • Leave early since travel time to arive in Sibongga is almost 2 hours.
  • Wear proper attire. For women, no sleeveless, backless and above the knee skirts or dresses. it should be 2 inches below the knee. For men, no sleeveless shirts.
  • Security check are at the entrance and attires are properly checked before entering the vicinity.
  • If you want to visit the Sto. Niño queue right away upon arrival. I tell you its not a joke to wait for your turn.
  • Bring water, wandering around the church its hot especially noon time.
statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary near the gate entrance

Expenses (4 pax)

  • Taxi hotel to GT South terminal – P 120.00
  • GT Express van ride to Sibonga and VV – P 800.00
  • Lunch – P 300.00

Total: P1, 220.00 (P305.00 each)

Note: These expenses is purely for the trip, miscellaneous and pasalubong like Carcar chicharon not included.

Simala Shrine was built for religious purposes, so whether you are a a Catholic or not each one of us must respect the belief of others.
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