Brand New Simala

Over the weekend, I had the chance to visit the Monastery of the Holy Eucharist aka Simala Church in Baranggay Lindogon, Sibonga, Cebu. If you guys can still remember, a huge controversy rocked this church a few months back due to an incident made public by an ex-employee. Despite the controversy, the monastery is still considered one of the most popular (and most talked-about) religious structures on the island today. Take a look at some of the recent developments and changes in ‘Simala.’

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The Monastery of the Holy Eucharist aka Simala Church in Baranggay Lindogon, Sibonga, Cebu.

Let’s take a look at the same church two years ago.

After two years, the church now looks like this.

People waiting for their turn to kiss and pay homage to the image of Mama Mary.

The ‘ground’ floor of the original building now looks like the third floor of a  five-storey building.

I can imagine how grand it would look after the final coating.

Closer look. There’s the huge statue of Mama Mary.

To the right is a gigantic image of Sto. Niño de Cebu.

Braving the heat. I swear I almost passed out because I had to stay in the afternoon heat for at least two hours.

View of the sea from the balcony. Quite nice.

The awesome facade of Simala Church.

Gigantic statue of Mama Mary near the top.

Heavy human traffic just after the 10 am mass.

Nuns selling religious books and children’s books.

Bracelets sold just outside the church.

We’re almost there! Thank God!

The line is getting longer and longer. And this was taken at lunch time.

Someone left more than just her/his prayers in Simala. Hehehe.

I wonder what this small area is for. The guy in front of me said that it was for a machine which will take wheel chairs to the top. I say the space is too small for a wheelchair.

The balcony. The view is awesome.

Inside the church, you can still see bamboo scaffolds like this one.

The altar. Lovely.

Intricate painting on the celing done by hand.

The candle-lighting area.

Statue of Jesus Christ near the candle burning area.

Thank you letters! Wow. So many of them.

These are testimonial from Maritime students and graduates.

Shoes and sandals are not allowed inside the next chamber.

Even Pacquiao sent this petition.

Glass case containing wheel chairs donated by those who had been ‘healed.’

More testimonails from devotees.

Crutches on display.

To make sure that everything runs smoothly.

The structure is a work in progress. So, sights such as this, are quite common.

The main chamber where the image is stored.

The place is filled with a lot of people. Despite the number, the place is so quiet you can almost hear other peoples’ prayers.

Displayed: Mama Mary’s pervious dresses.

Beyond the chamber is a gallery of saints and other religious figures.

The figures were placed in huge glass cabinets.

A huge wooden ensemble. Wow. Really nice.

The Baby Mary or Niña Maria is one of the most photographed images in the gallery.

Another statue of Mama Mary and Jesus.

This one is wearing a traditional white dress.

The hat looks like a Korean hat.

A Crying Mary.

The one in the middle looks like it came from Japan or China.

A nun looks at the the images on display.

Visit the new SIMALA today!

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