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Simala Shrine

Light candles in this sea of color and exultations and capture photos of the mesmerizing façade of this monastery where pilgrims gather to pay homage to a miraculous Virgin Mary.

The Simala Shrine is a majestic castle and religious institution that is among the most iconic sights in the Philippines. Winding staircases, jagged terraces and arched balconies make up the stunning frontage of this enormous structure. Attend the acclaimed daily Mass for a glimpse into the passion of the monastery’s devotees.

Appreciate the multifaceted layout of the castle’s façade and the sheer enormity of the structure. Its long entrance staircases rise from the floor of a tropical forest that seems to be reclaiming the vast building. Try to understand the jumbled architectural styles, such as the turquoise-and-gold colonial roof and the concrete base.

The congregation of Marian Monks of Eucharistic Adoration constructed the building in 1998. Hear tales about the Virgin Mary miraculously curing epidemics and endearing the monks to the local people. It is said that her statue shed oily tears several times in the late 1990s.

Enter the church and gaze at the gold colors of the impressive altar. Admire the intricate décor lining the white interior walls and arches in the ceiling. Countless letters from devotees expressing their gratitude for miracles are pinned along the walls.

Purchase colorful candles to accompany your prayer or wish. The color of the candle relates to the type of prayer. Select gold for healing, red for love, green for prosperity, white for purity and others for additional sentiments.

Expect the church to be particularly busy from Friday through Sunday. Eating in the shrine is not permitted, although you may bring picnics to enjoy outside. Make sure to wear appropriate formal dress, as skirts, shorts and sleeveless tops are not allowed.

The Simala Shrine is in the Upper Lindogon area, about 40 miles (60 kilometers) southwest along the coast from Cebu. The journey should take about 90 minutes by car. Enjoy coastal views on the way as you pass the communes of Naga and Carcar along the Cebu Strait. Many vacationers choose to take a taxi for the round-trip.


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St. Catherine Boutique Hotel & Restaurant ¥2,866
St. Catherine Boutique Hotel & Restaurant

St. Catherine Boutique Hotel & Restaurant

Upper Lindogon, Simala, Mama Mary Sanctuary Road, Sibonga, Cebu
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Sibonga, this bed & breakfast is 3.7 mi (6 km) from Monastery of the Holy Eucharist.

    La Erma Pension House ¥1,697
    La Erma Pension House

    La Erma Pension House

    Barangay Taloot, Argao, Cebu
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Argao, this guesthouse is 8.3 mi (13.4 km) from Argao Hall of Justice and 11.4 mi (18.4 km) from Monastery of the Holy Eucharist. Dalaguete Beach and Dalaguete Church are also within 20 mi (32 km).

      Maayo Stay Argao ¥5,453
      Maayo Stay Argao

      Maayo Stay Argao

      Suba Poblacion, Argao
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Argao, this beach hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Argao Hall of Justice and within 9 mi (15 km) of Dalaguete Beach and Monastery of the Holy Eucharist. Dalaguete Church is 11.2 mi (18 km) away.

        Baluarte de Argao Beach Resort ¥3,677
        Baluarte de Argao Beach Resort

        Baluarte de Argao Beach Resort

        Suba, Poblacion, Argao, Cebu
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          This Argao guesthouse is on the beach, 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Argao Hall of Justice, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Dalaguete Beach and Monastery of the Holy Eucharist. Dalaguete Church is 11.6 mi (18.7 km) away.

          Sea Breeze Hotel
          Sea Breeze Hotel

          Sea Breeze Hotel

          Dr. T.S. Kintanar St., Argao
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Argao, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Argao Hall of Justice and within 9 mi (15 km) of Dalaguete Beach and Monastery of the Holy Eucharist. Dalaguete Church is 11.5 mi (18.5 km) away.

            Looc Garden Beach Resort ¥1,697
            Looc Garden Beach Resort

            Looc Garden Beach Resort

            Baragay, Looc, Argao, Cebu
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              This Argao hotel is on the beach, 0.7 mi (1 km) from Argao Hall of Justice, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Dalaguete Beach and Monastery of the Holy Eucharist. Dalaguete Church is 11.1 mi (17.9 km) away.

              Bamboo Paradise Beach Resort
              Bamboo Paradise Beach Resort

              Bamboo Paradise Beach Resort

              523 Natalio Bacalso National Highway, Argao, Cebu
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                This Argao hotel is on the beach, 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Argao Hall of Justice, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Dalaguete Beach and Monastery of the Holy Eucharist. Dalaguete Church and San Roque Chapel are also within 12 mi (20 km).

                Panorama de Argao Resort
                Panorama de Argao Resort

                Panorama de Argao Resort

                Cancainap, Tulic, Cebu, 6021 Argao, Argao
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Argao, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Argao Hall of Justice and within 12 mi (20 km) of Dalaguete Beach and Dalaguete Church. Monastery of the Holy Eucharist and San Roque Chapel are also within 12 mi (20 km).