Pilgrims from all over the Philippines visit the Miraculous Monastery of the Marian Monks of the Eucharistic Adoration located in Simala, Sibonga, Cebu Philippines. It is where you can find the crying and skin color-changing Mama Mary statue. *Chills.
We were supposed to go to Bohol on this day but my 93 year old Nanay and Canadian Titas want to visit the miraculous mama Mary in Simala.
I have deep respect for religious people and their beliefs. I was also interested to see the place after hearing about it for the first time. Road trip!
Warning: During religious peak season, prepare for a very long line. You are warned.
Destination: Sibonga Cebu
When: January 11, 2010
Photo Album: http://sharpangel.multiply.com/photos/album/138
All photos from Iphone 3Gs.
Reaching monastery is a 1 and a half hour private drive from Cebu city to the municipality of Sibonga. Sorry but I need to say this, George is one hell of a driver. Wohoo! Look at Loida below praying with speeds of 120kph overtaking trucks in a 2 lane rural highway… Peace Loida! 🙂
Asking around found out that a public bus trip would take you 2 and a half hour that costs 90Php.
From Cebu City, go to South Bus Terminal (Near E-mall) and ride a Ceres Bus going to Sibonga. Ask the conductor to drop you in the Sibonga bus stop. The Safe Haven of Mother Mary is 5 km away from the Highway bus stop. You need a motorcycle ride going to the Sanctuary. Take a “Habal-habal” to get there for 100 Php.
Entrace of the compound and The monastery
Bounce in the bell and Wish in the well
Inside the monastery compound you will see a bell with small well below. The trick here is to:
1. Get a coin.
2. Make a wish.
3. Throw it and make it bounce through the bell’s side.
4. If it falls to the small well your wish will come true.
Regular brown candles are 5Php inside the monastery.
The center of the monastery is set-up like a church with lane chairs and a priest pod. It has an aerial view of Simala in the balcony because it is built on a hill.
Going to the Pa-pandong and crying mama Mary statue you will see a collection of letters, souvenirs, gifts from previous pilgrims. Their testimony proves that visiting the monastery has helped them recover from illness, passed the board exams, get married, have a baby or just get their wishes come true.
Devotees line up get a shade of a cape from a miraculous Mama Mary replica.
I lined up just to get a close up of the action.
You cannot miss this as silver stand lines are setup to take you there and to the museum and to the exit.
They have a small collection of statues, clothes and memorabilia from the miraculous occurrences. The photos did creep me out a little.
Till next time.