Religious or not, believers or non-believers, people never fail to visit the Monastery of Holy Eucharist also known as “Birhen sa Simala“. It is not just famous for its miracles but also the architectural structure, designed like those of the European cathedrals, makes this place really worth a visit.
It’s located at the southern part of Cebu, specifically, Marian Hills, Lindogon, Simala, Sibonga, Cebu. It is just a 2-hour drive from the city. You could take a bus on South Bus Terminal going to Sibonga then from the main road you could take a tricycle or “habal-habal” (motorcycle for hire) going to the monastery. Another option is you could ride a V-Hire (van for hire) on One Citilink terminal, there’s a van that will take you straight to the monastery.
I’ve been in Simala twice. The picture above was taken last September 2012 while the picture below was taken March 2011.
The first time I saw the place, I was really impressed with the architecture. Even though it’s still under construction, it feels like I’m being transported back to 16th century. Like I’m looking at a castle ruled by kings and queens.
Inside the monastery, you could feel the solemnity and sacredness, perfect place for prayer and worship. But before you are allowed to go inside, you have to leave your shoes outside or just carry them. Wearing of shorts and sleeveless top were not allowed.
- This is were the devotees could touch the glass of the statue and say a prayer. There’s also a drop box were you could put letters of petition.
There were also lots of testimonials and letters of thanksgiving for answered prayers. There were even lots of nurse’s caps, crutches, wheelchairs, notes of person who were healed and experienced the divine intervention of Mama Mary. Miracles really do happen when you believe.
Looks like a wishing well but it’s not. It’s a replica of the Well of Nazareth where Mama Mary hauled water. But since it’s still a well, many people believe that once you threw a coin to the bell then it goes straight to the well, then your wish will be granted. Well, I’m guilty, I threw a coin there, tried several times until the coin made it to the well. 🙂
I would love to be back at this place. I know we could pray anywhere but being in Simala is different it feels so good when you pray while you could feel the sacredness of the place. I know that God and Mama Mary really answer prayers. Miracles could happen. Just pray, have faith and believe.