SIMALA SHRINE in Cebu – Travel Guide

Simala church Cebu

Simala Church or Simala Shrine is a Roman Catholic pilgrimage site – located in Lindogon Village, Sibonga, Cebu Philippines. It is not the oldest Church in Cebu but it’s one of the most well-known and most visited churches in the province.

I recommend booking a tour online via Klook. If you are interested you can click the link below.

Cebu City Private Day Tour with Simala Shrine
Private Intercity Transfer Between Simala Shrine and Cebu City and Mactan Island

Simala Church

This castle-like church stands out and attracts tourists because of its extensive and beautiful architecture. It has many names for its devotees aside from its common name Simala Church. It is also known as Mother Mary Castle Church, Birhen sa Simala, Mama Mary Shrine of Simala, and Miraculous Mama Mary Church. But its real name is actually Monastery of the Holy Eucharist.

Another interesting about Simala Church is that a replica statue of the Virgin Mary reportedly shed blood tears attributed to the healing of those afflicted by dengue in 1998. Since then, the Church has become a pilgrim site for the devoted wishing to see the miraculous Mama Mary image and to grant their prayers.

We usually include churches and historical landmarks in our itinerary when we travel. In Cebu, aside from the Basilica del Santo Niño we also went to visit Simala Church. If you want to visit as well, here is a guide that might help you.

How To Get To Simala Church

 Take a plane from Metro Manila to Mactan-Cebu Airport.  Click here to find the best flight deals to Cebu City with 12Go Asia.

  • From Mactan Airport, hail a taxi to Go to South Cebu Bus Terminal
  • Ride a Ceres bus to Oslob or Liloan/Santander and ask the driver to drop you off at Simala Crossing. Landmark is 7/11. Travel time is 2 – 2.5 hours
  • Ride a tricycle or motorcycle to take you to Simala Church. 
Simala Church Mass Schedule

Entrance Fee: FREE
Parking Fee: P20 – P50
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 12noon, Saturday – Sunday: 12noon and 3pm
Toilets on site: Yes – pay P20

Important Things to Consider in Visiting Simala Church

There is a dress code to follow when entering Simala Church and strictly being followed.

  • Wearing shorts and mini skirts is not allowed. You can rent a long skirt outside the church for P20 and you need to return it when you go out.
  • Sleeveless dresses, tubes and short blouses are not allowed
  • Men must wear pants/jeans and a decent shirt.
  • For those who are in photography and filming, flying drones are prohibited.

This is us in the parking lot, most of us are wearing above-the-knee shorts and skirts so we rented a long skirt just outside the entrance for P20 each. They have different colors available. I got mine in blue and my sister got the white one.

The church is massive, it surprised me to see something like this here in Cebu. This isn’t a normal church, the facade is in white color. We walked on a white hallway and stairs before actually going to the church that looks like a castle. Make sure to bring an umbrella because there’s no shade on this 5 minutes hallway walk.

Lighting a Candle

There is also an area where people can light a candle. This is a common practice for Catholics every time they visit a church. Each color implies its purpose depending on your needs. Candles can be purchased for P35 each or P100 for three from the souvenir shop, which also sells rosaries and prayer books as well.

  • White – Purity, Guidance or Right Path
  • Black –  Praying for loved ones who passed away
  • Green – Prosperity or success (Includes financial, business, and passing exams)
  • Gold –  Healing or good health
  • Orange – Reconciliation with Partner/Enemy/Family
  • Pink –  Blessing or forgiveness
  • Yellow – Peace, Strength, Courage, or Hope
  • Red – Love
  • Gray – Deliverance from bad ways/things/spirits
  • Brown – Vocation
  • Blue – Perseverance
  • Violet – Achievement 
Simala Church Expenses:
DIY Expenses excluding food and airfare.

Taxi from the Airport to South Bus Terminal – ₱ 300 / ₱600 round trip
Bus to Oslob – ₱ 85 / ₱ 170 round trip
Motorcycle or Habal habal to Simala Church – ₱25 / ₱ 50 roundtrip

TOTAL EXPENSES = ₱820

Cebu City Private Day Tour with Simala Shrine – ₱ 1555 per pax
with Basilica del Sto. Nino, Magellan’s Cross, Taoist Temple, and more (click the link for more details)

or

Rent a private Car

Sedan (Group of 1-3) ₱ 3,800 
SUV (Group of 4-5) ₱ 4,100 
Van (Group of 6-10) ₱ 4,800

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