As promised, I’ll be sharing more detailed blogs of my Cebu adventures – first up, Day 1! We were able to visit Simala Shrine and also tried some of the famous Lechon from Carcar. Click the link below to read more!
- Quick links:
- How to get to Simala Shrine?
- What to wear?
- What to do? / What to see?
- Colored Candle meanings
- Carcar’s Lechon!
- PIN IT:
How to get to Simala Shrine?
|FROM||TO||TRANSPORTATION||TRAVEL TIME||COST (PHP)|
|Mactan-Cebu International Airport||South Cebu Bus Terminal||Grab Car||30 to 40 mins||211 (with P100 discount)|
|South Cebu Bus Terminal||Carcar||Bus||2 to 3 hours (depending on traffic)||60|
|Carcar||Simala Shrine||Tricycle||30 to 40 mins||300 (divide by 3 people)|
What to wear?
Anything with sleeves, skirts/dresses below the knees, neckline tops, modest clothing, etc. (see photo below). If you don’t have appropriate clothing you can rent a long skirt or cloak outside the church for P20.
What to do? / What to see?
Found in Sibonga Town, Southern Cebu – the Monastery of the Holy Eucharist is where the Marian monks live. One of the most important reason why they built this places was so people could come and offer their prayers, petitions and devotion to the Virgin Mother.
You’ll see in my photos below that many people from all over the country (and the world!) come here to be healed from various illnesses from minor physical sickness to chronic illness such as being able to walk again and beating cancer! Others come to pray to pass a board exam, graduate and so many other reasons. You can spend hours and hours reading the testimonies.
The image above (where there are people kneeling) is the image, brought by the monks here from Pampanga that showed miracles during the height of an epidemic that killed many people in that community. It’s the image that was believed to have shed “blood tears”.
I love the architecture of this place and it was so peaceful!
Colored Candle meanings
|COLOR||SYMBOL / MEANING|
|Gold||Healing – Good Health, Recovery, Spiritual, Family Tree|
|Green||Prosperity / Success – Exam, Study, Financial, Business|
|Blue||Perseverance – Employment, Career, Assignment, Promotions|
|Violet||Achievement – Plans in Life, Struggles, Endeavors, Journey, Voyage|
|Red||Love – Unity, Friendship, Engagement, Family|
|Yellow||Peace – Courage, Strength, Hope|
|White||Purity – Enlightenment, Guidance, Right Path|
|Orange||Reconciliation – Sweetheart, Wife, Husband, Enemy, Family|
|Pink||Thanksgiving / Happiness / Joy – Spiritual, Physicial|
|Black||Souls – Forgiveness, Pardon|
|Brown||Vocation – Marriage Bond, God’s Servant, Single Life|
|Gray||Deliverance – Bad ways, Things, Spirits|
|Cream||Conversion / Faith – Children, Household, Couples|
From Simala Shrine, we took the same tricycle back to Carcar for dinner. We definitely had to try the famous lechon! We bought P200 worth of Lechon, I think it was half a kilo? I’m not sure haha but it was good for about 3 to 4 people already.
My verdict? A little too salty for my liking. I prefer having lechon sauce with it. Nothing special. Hahaha! Maybe it’s better when it’s freshly roasted? Who knows. I’ll have to try it again someday :p
From Carcar, we waited for a bus headed for Oslob since that where we were staying. It was around 7pm and we wait for quite a while. We ended up getting on a bus that was jammed packed – since we all of the buses going by were full. We stood for about 2 hours then some of the people started getting off the bus so we were able to sit down.
Bus fare was P116 (air con), travel time 3 to 4 hours depending on traffic.
Day 1 is done! Hope you were able to get some information from my blog. Feel free to leave me a comment if you have any questions. Day 2 will be up sooooooon! 🙂
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