Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Simala Shrine: Miraculous and Majestic (Cebu)


People from all walks of life come out in droves to Simala Shrine in Lindogon, Sibonga, not just to pray for divine intervention, give thanks for their blessings, or revisit their faith but to see what is clearly an architectural wonder in Cebu south. It is built on the side of a hill with a design reminiscent of European cathedrals. The shrine, even though evidently under construction when I went there last May this year, is magnificence for the eye - just a perfect house for the Miraculous Mother Mary of Simala which is run by the Marian monks.

As you queue up to see the statue of the Miraculous, you get to read all over the bulletins overwhelming testimonials from people who have been cured or miraculously survived serious illnesses and those who have successfully hurdled (dreaded) national licensure examinations. Some of them left their crutches, wheelchairs, and school nameplates. They are beyond grateful for having been given a second chance at life or for all the guidance leading to their victory. I was told, out of gratitude, many have donated generous amounts to the shrine. That in itself speaks volumes about strong faith.

the shrine
bell over a wishing well
interiors of the chapel
view from atop the chapel
gallery of saints
love watching their smiles
the Miraculous Mother Mary
many line up just to see the Miraculous

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