The Philippines is known to be the 4th largest Christian country on earth, with about 90% of the population adherents. Most Filipinos go to church every Sunday or even other days to pray. Not only the residents of the country, but also foreigners. For some reasons, they want to know the history behind the church, on how it was made, why, when, and etc.
To name one, Basilica del Sto. Nińo is the most visited church in Cebu.
(photo not mine)
The oldest Roman Catholic church in the country, it is built on the spot where the image of the Santo Niño de Cebú was found during the expedition of Miguel López de Legazpi. You can know more by going there by taxi or jeepney. The exact location in city block bordered by Osmeña Boulevard, D. Jakosalem St, P. Burgos St. and the Plaza Sugbo where the Magellan’s Cross is located. The main entrance is on Osmeña Boulevard. Two blocks north of the basilica is the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cebu.
This is the famous Sinulog festival in Cebu. Here’s the link from my previous post about it https://starshadejackyblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/16/sinulog-festival/
Another well-known church is located in Simala where you can see the miraculous image of Mama Mary. It is usually called the Monastery of the Holy Eucharist, popularly known as Simala Shrine or Simala Church.
(photo not mine)
It is a castle-like church located in Marian Hills of upper Lindogon, Simala, Sibonga, Cebu. Simala Shrine was built in 1998 by the Marian Monks from Pampanga, after the occurrence of several miraculous events, including that of Mama Mary’s shedding of tears. Because of the said miracles, Simala Shrine became so popular that devotees and believers flock the shrine, hoping and believing that their prayer requests would be granted. The shrine’s castle-like and picturesque structure makes it even more popular, drawing local and foreign tourists, alike.
It was year 2010 when I took and passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) when I first visited the church. Since then, I always go there once a year.
(This photo was taken last year 2016)
(I saw this in 2016, the same year I bought my dslr cam and I couldn’t help but took a glimpse. It’s beautiful!)
How to get there?
- Go to South Bus Terminal and ride a Ceres Bus going to Sibonga. (The driver Bus driver will just inform the passengers once you get there.
- When you reach the stop point, take a motorcycle going to the Shrine.
However, if you’re not comfortable taking a bus, you can also go to Citilink and take a V-hire there. It takes 1 and half hour. Sometimes the driver will just wait or ask your number to fetch you back to Cebu city.
- Bring your own food to be safe especially to those who have sensitive stomach, and to save money as well. You might dislike the food around.
- No wearing of sleeveless, shorts, and tube blouses.
- No smoking, drinking alcoholic drinks, dating, and shouting.
Thanks for dropping by! ‘Till my next post!