If you are a native of Cebu, you would have probably have heard of the miraculous Simala church, where, as old folks say, anything you wish for could come true.
As a believer, I would suggest you go there to pay respects to the Blessed Mother, as a human being with needs and wants, you can also visit Simala to request for whatever blessing it is that you wish heaven to shower upon your human head. I would ask non-believers to go there too, just for the atmosphere and the breathtaking sights, but I’d rather not go there.
The road to Simala is not at all bumpy, or zigzagged or dangerous. In fact, if your starting point is within Cebu City, you will find that there is not a single patch of road that is not made with concrete or cement, or whatever that is. Travelling to Sibonga by a private car is more comfortable. It will take an hour at least to travel from the heart of Cebu City to the Monastery of the Holy Eucharist in Simala. If you find yourself starving along the way, you can drop by a Jollibee branch in Carcar and grab a couple bags of chicharon while you’re at it. By the way, a bag of chicharon in Carcar costs roughly around P100. Not too bad, eh?
Recent renovations at the Monastery of the Holy Eucharist in Simala have proven to be quite a feat for those with arthritis or heavy bodies. You have to climb up a long flight of stairs just to get to kiss and kneel and worship before the miraculous image of the Blessed Mother.
If you are into wishing wells and that sort of thing, there is a huge wishing well just beyond the bridge to the Monastery where you can thrown in a coin and whisper to the angels your heart’s desires. Speaking of angels, you will be delighted to know that there is a fancy depiction of the archangels along the monastery’s entrance.