The ‘Birhen Sa Simala’ stayed at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral for three days to give chance to the devotees who couldn’t go to Sibonga to pay homage to the miraculous image. Because of the number of people who wished to see Mama Mary, the streets surrounding the Cathedral were closed to traffic. People came in large groups all throughout the day and the lines never ‘disappeared’ even after midnight.
Last Saturday, we went to see the Birhen. And we had to stay in line for more than four hours.
Belfry of the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
Facade of the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral
5:00 PM – The line was already very, very long.
Traditional Marian colors – white and light blue.
6:00 PM – People were allowed to enter the gate in batches of ten.
The line inside the church compound was EVEN longer.
7:00 PM – A long long way to go.
8:00 PM – Still not there. Hehehe.
Stained glass – Blessed Pedro Calungsod
Grotto beside the church
9:00 PM – Almost there
Finally. We’re almost there.
Birhen Sa Simala inside the church.
The main door served as the ‘Exit’.
It was very tiring but it was all worth it.