- Monday to Friday: 12:00PM
- Saturday: 10:30AM
- Sunday: 12:00PM and 3:30PM
- Every 13th of the month: 10:30AM and 3:30PM
The Simala Shrine or the Monastery of the Holy Eucharist is a church located in Lindogon , Simala, Sibonga in southern Cebu. It was built by the Marian Monks in 1998. The church became famous due to miracles that happened in the area made through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is also renowned for its castle-like design that is visible from a distance.
The place was formerly a small farm where the monks lived. The monks gradually developed the area by planting vegetables and trees as well as raising animals. After some time, the monks built houses and a chapel. It was later called Marian Hills due to the presence of the Marian Monks. The monks reportedly prayed for an intercession by the Blessed Virgin Mary after the community was hit by an epidemic. The monks asked the Blessed Virgin to save the children suffering from the epidemic.
A painting at the shrine shows a religious old man who made predictions about the area around sixty years ago. The old man, Ireneo Villamor, predicted that the Lindogon hills will become blessed in the future. The Lindogon native also said while a lady in white will become the center of all people and her devout servants will have to go through persecution and suffering.
Many devotees make the trip to the Simala Shrine to pray to the Blessed Virgin. Many of these devotees have their own stories of miracles in their lives. These stories are documented at the church and stored in cabinets close to the exit of the shrine.
The Simala Shrine or the Monastery of the Holy Eucharist also celebrates mass every day. The schedule of the masses is as follows:
To get to the Simala Shrine, all you need to do is to take a bus or van passing through Simala in Sibonga at the South Bus Terminal. Make sure you tell the driver or the conductor that you are getting off at the motorcycle terminal going up to Simala. From the terminal, you can take a tricycle or motorcycle up to the shrine.
“To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift.” - Steve Prefontaine
Like Steve Prefontaine, Filipinos aim to give their best whenever they work overseas. Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) normally spend months or years away from their families. They normally miss special occasions and events. They may fail to attend the graduation of their eldest son or the first birthday of their youngest daughter. OFWs will also miss the chance of putting the medal on their daughter who topped their class. These are just some of the things OFWs have to sacrifice for the future of their families.
OFWs continue to communicate with their loved ones through Skype, Facebook chat or other similar online communication tools. They also make their presence felt by sending home balikbayan boxes filled to the brim with pasalubong from abroad. While it may take some time before these balikbayan boxes reach the doorstep of their families, they can rest easy with the knowledge that their gifts will eventually reach their intended recipients.
But, there are times when their loved ones accomplished something, like a job promotion, recognition for something they did well in class or a perfect score in an exam. In these instances, it will not be easy for the OFW to send something back home to congratulate their loved ones.
That is, until now. Chedz Cakes of Cebu provides OFWs the chance to send something special to their loved ones for occasions such as these. Chedz Cakes has been a part of the lives of Cebuanos for decades.
Chedz Cakes makes it easy for OFWs to send a gift for any achievement they made. They can choose from a selection of ready-made cakes, premium cupcakes, mango cakes and classic cakes. OFWs can even order balloons, flowers or a teddy bear for their loved ones back home. The prices of the ready-made cakes are easy on the pocket at $14.99 or PHP 650 for the 9-inch chocolate cake with boiled icing and $21.98 or PHP 975 for the 9-inch chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. The premium cupcakes are priced at $18.50 or PHP 750 for 3 cupcakes with fondant icing and $13.27 or PHP 540 for 3 cupcakes with regular icing. The Mango Cakes cost $14.99 or PHP 650 each while the Classic Cakes are priced at $21.98 or PHP 975. Delivery within Cebu City is free. OFWs also have a number of payment options, including PayPal and major Credit Cards.
With this offering from Chedz Cakes of Cebu, OFWs can easily turn any ordinary celebration into a special event for their loved ones back home. The complete list and pictures of the gift items can be found on chedzcakes.com.
General Maxilom Avenue was named after General Arcadio Maxilom, a former school teacher who became one of the leading figures in the Philippine Revolution. He rose up in the ranks of the Katipunan after its former leader, Leon Kilat, was assassinated.
After the Spaniards left, General Maxilom continued the struggle against the Americans, and was among the last revolutionaries to surrender to the new colonizers. The surrender of General Maxilom in 1901 was considered as the start of the journey of peace in the archipelago. His funeral cortege was the longest in the history of Cebu extending around four kilometers and was attended by the leading figures in the revolution.
Today, General Maxilom Avenue is already home to a number of restaurants and bars catering to locals and foreigners alike. It is already becoming popular as one of the major entertainment areas in the city. A number of educational institutions are also located along General Maxilom Avenue, such as St. Theresa’s College and the University of San Carlos-North Campus, along with some banks, like Metrobank, PBCom, Sterling and BPI.
But, did you know that General Maxilom Avenue was once lined with mango trees on both sides. Due to this, the street was once called Mango Avenue. One old picture of the old Mango Avenue shows a car passing along the road in the 1940s with mango groves lining its side. In fact, Cebuanos still refer to the road by its old name rather than its new name. It is one of the longest stretches of road in the city, which starts at the Sergio Osmeña Boulevard in the port area and ends at Fuente Osmeña. The Grand Parade of the annual Sinulog celebration also passes through the road, but there are reports that the parade may be brought to the South Road Properties. Due to this, this year’s Sinulog celebration may be the last time the Grand Parade will pass through the road.
General Maxilom Avenue or Mango Avenue can also be considered as the second most significant stretch of road in the history of Cebu, next only to Colon Street.
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