Destination: Simala Sibonga, Cebu, Philippines

I’ve forgotten how much fun I used to have traveling to the far South, and I say “far” because Talisay, the place I grew up in was already considered south with Cebu City as the point of reference. That song from Anastasia “Journey to the Past”…literally what it felt like during the 2-hour drive to Simala. I didn’t realize how lucky we are to still have design remnants from the Spanish Coloniazation Era. If I’m not mistaken, we passed by 4 old churches along the way and I was so tempted to just stop and take pictures but we were on a tight schedule so I decided to save that for another adventure, maybe next time I can do that with Marco.

A quick shot taken of the San Isidro Labrador Church in San Fernando, we already passed by 2 old churches prior to this one (one in Minglanilla and the other one in Naga) but I didn’t have Reno, my camera, ready.

Here’s another quick shot that I took from inside the car…. Nuestra Senora del Pilar de Zaragoza Church in Sibonga.

My first sight of the Monastery of the Holy Eucharist—-a magnificent sight indeed. It’s amazing how they started this with a mere bahay kubo (nipa hut), now it resembles a castle in the sky.

Feeling so blessed to be here.

I kept looking up until my neck hurt, so I decided to just snap a photo.

This Way…Mama Mary Halok (Kiss)

Just a thought: What if I come back and my footwear is no longer there? #barefootbeauty

The line was this long. Imagine how many visitors they get everyday.

Ang Birhen sa Simala

Praying for intentions.

My dates for today—Mama Joy and Mommy Babe. Kuya Noe is taking the photo.

Thanks Mommy Babe (grandmother) for making this trip possible, she knew this would satisfy my troubled heart. I have the best grandmother, she prays with me for

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Lighting candles for Marco’s board exam

Bumped into a monk just after submitting our prayer petitions

I’m confident that we will be adding Marco to this wall of Board Passers. CLAIMED.

One last shot before completely heading out.

We didn’t have time for Stations of the Cross but I did make it to the First one.

Stopped by Jollibee on the way home. A view from the entrance—-The Carcar Rotunda.

UPDATE: Marco did PASS the Medical Board Exam. Thank you, Lord!

~Rhea

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