Simala Shrine, Cebu Island

The illustrious looking castle-temple of Simala Shrine affords visitors prayer and service all year, along with views of impressive architecture. The unusual site contains elevated walkways into the grandiose church, a large statue of Mary, and ample grounds to stroll around. Visitors can purchase candles and light them in prayer, with various colors of candles representing specific types of prayer. Remember to dress respectably when visiting the shrine, and resist the temptation to take flash photography, which is prohibited. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Sibonga using our trip planner.
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  • This place of worship is definitely worth an IG story. With castle like features and astounding view of the shrine, walking and taking pics under the heat of the sun was worth it. By November, there w...  more »
  • Quite huge and beautiful church....it is located on a hilltop that you need to climb a long stretch of steps. Different statues of different saints and the Holy Mother.  more »
  • Certainly it is difficult to expect to find a sanctuary of this size in the middle of the countryside near Sibonga, a large stopover village about 3:00 drive from Cebu City. Construction began about 20 years ago, by the Marian fathers, but the works are progressing even today, funded by the multitude of the faithful that all days are here. Is a very strange place. The architecture is modern Gothic style and the outside looks almost a kind of Disneyland with a religious background. I realize that this comment may seem disrespectful, but in fact I think that symbolizes the vision that Filipinos have of Catholicism, which is an occasion more than happiness that contrition. There is nothing dark or painful. The religion is viewed with a positive and liberating, as something that helps in everyday life, not punishing. Inside is all built of wood, bright and extremely relaxing. It is not easy to get there: bus from Cebu City until Sibonga. Then you'd better take a tricycle. Still worth it.
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