Revisiting Simala

 

I got the chance to visit the The Monastery of the Holy Eucharist in Simala, Sibonga again today. I noticed a few major changes since the last time I went there. First, the interior of the church is now almost complete. The ceiling now looks really nice and the details in the retablo are now in place. Second, a new structure is being constructed right beside the church. I think it’s an annex to accommodate more pilgrims. Third, more pilgrims are visiting the monastery. In fact, when I went there this morning, the place was already filled to the rafters. And it was only eight in the morning!

Anyways, here are some of the photos I took during my visit. Hope you enjoy them.

 

Candles with photos of Mother Mary.

Simala Revisited by you.

These colored candles were sold at Php 35 each. I must say they were a bit expensive.

Simala Revisited by you.

The queue at 8 am.

Simala Revisited by you.

It reached the guard house.

Simala Revisited by you.

Later, it reached the main gate. (Note the new structure being constructed beside the church)

Simala Revisited by you.

And thirty minutes later, it reached the parking area.

Simala Revisited by you.

Giant image of Mother Mary.

Simala Revisited by you.

Candle stand inside the church.

Simala Revisited by you.

Brown candles. These candles were sold at Php 10 each.

Simala Revisited by you.

The ceiling. Looking nice.

Simala Revisited by you.

The front part of the church. I think  it’s 90% complete.

Simala Revisited by you.

View of the church from the other hill.

Simala Revisited by you.