The castle-like church in Sibonga, Cebu, which houses numerous statues of the Virgin Mary and other religious relics, will be expecting a lot of devotees this month as they celebrate the upcoming Nativity of Mary which is going to be on the eighth (that'll be tomorrow). In honor of this, my first post for this month is all about the Simala Shrine.
It was about two weeks ago when my family decided to visit this sacred place to fulfill a given promise. It's the faith that always brings us to this place over and over again and every time we come back, it's becoming bigger and better. You can d ...
Living in a country that is predominantly Catholic, we are not strangers to the belief that miracles can happen.
When my friend and editor Gianna Maniego said she wanted us to go to Simala, Sibonga, Cebu, I said yes. The Miraculous Monastery of the Marian Monks of the Eucharistic Adoration is a favorite destination of Filipinos who are looking for a miracle or those who simply want to say "thank you'' for the blessings they have received. The Mother Mary image in the shrine reportedly cries and changes color, making Simala a must-visit for Marian devotees.
We stayed at Marco Polo Plaza, ...
Three hours of land trip plus another 15 minutes of boat ride take a traveler from Cebu City to Funtastic Island in the town of Medellin in northern Cebu.
Funtastic Island is part of Gibitngil, an island-barangay gifted with sparkling waters, vast coral reefs, long stretch of sand beaches, a picturesque sand bar and rock formations reminiscent of those in Coron, Palawan.
Aside from the natural sceneries, Funtastic Island also boasts of several activities for the thrill-seekers such as a cliff-to-rock zipline, kayaking and snorkeling.
But the most challenging that the island offers is ...