Churches and historical landmarks are common included in our itinerary when we travel. In Cebu, they have Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Saint Catherine of Alexandria Church and Nuestra Señora del Patrocinio de Maria Parish Church to name a few.
In Sibonga, particularly in Lindogon village, there is this castle-like church that stands out and attracts tourists because of its extensive and beautiful architecture.
At first glance, you will be amazed how massive this church is. We were surprised that there is something like this here in Cebu and in our country. It’s like we’re in a different country. Felt proud and grateful we had the chance to visit it.
In the entrance, it isn’t the normal church that is few steps away to get inside it. Simala Church is way too big that you need to walk for couple of minutes. You won’t mind though because everywhere you look is wondrous.
Inside Simala Church you will find the replica of the statue of Virgin Mary and is believed to have shred tears before and considered miraculous. There is also a museum where statues and replicas of the Blessed Virgin Mary are displayed.
There is a designated place to light a candle and each color implies its purpose depending on your needs. Like for example, the Green candle represents prosperity /success in exam or study. Red is for friendship, unity family and engagement. Blue signifies perseverance in career and promotions. Yellow is for peace and Black for souls and forgiveness. These colored candles are available for sale.
You can buy rosaries, crucifix, bibles, saints and angels inside on their souvenir store.
Simala Church Mass Schedule
Monday – Friday: 12noon
Saturday – Sunday: 12noon and 3pm
How To Get To Simala Church
- Go to South Cebu Bus Terminal
- Ride a Ceres bus to Oslob or Liloan/Santander and ask the driver to drop you off at Simala. Landmark is 7/11. Travel time is 2 – 2.5 hours
- Ride a tricycle or motorcycle to take you to Simala Church.
Things to Consider in Visiting Simala Church
There is a dress code to follow when entering Simala Church and strictly being followed.
- Wearing of shorts and mini skirts are not allowed
- Sleeveless dress, tube and short blouse are not allowed
- Men must wear pants/jeans and decent shirt.
- Flying of drone is prohibited.
For women, there are cover-ups for rent outside the church so you don’t need to worry if you forgot to bring the proper attire. There is large parking space, stores to buy snacks and drinks and even eateries.
If you are planning to visit other places when you visit Simala Church, you can include these side trips:
- Osmeña Peak and Casiño Peak in Dalaguete
- Tumalog Falls, Whale Shark Watching in Oslob
- Heritage Walking in Boljoon
- Famous Carcar Lechon and Chicharon