V. Rama Avenue, Cebu City, Philippines
Pilgrims and catholic devotees
all over the Philippines come to
this massive church complex
south of the city of Cebu, Philippines
to offer their thanksgiving
prayers and petitions
anytime of the week
all throughout the year.
The center of the devotion of the people
is on the miraculous statue
of the Virgin Mary,
mother of Jesus Christ our savior,
who said to have appeared
on the site decades ago.
Believe In Yourself
The church is in Simala, Sibonga
a few hours to the south of the city of Cebu.
Anyone can get there by bus
or van in Cebu's South Terminal.
As of this year 2014,
the fare for the bus is about 60 pesos
compared to the van which is 100 pesos
but will take you right
at the parking area of the church.
The bus just drops along the highway
where a lot of pedicabs await visitors
going up to the hills
where the church is located.
one can get there safely.
Believe In Happy Ever After
The church itself boasts
of a well-painted ceiling
of heavenly images
and the Virgin Mary.
And right above the altar
is where the miraculous
Virgin Mary is kept.
To the left of the church
is where the entrance
to the Virgin Mary is located,
and along the hallway are things
(such as crutches used by disabled people)
displayed as proofs of their healing.
There are also letters wrote by people
who had been healed
in various illnesses or granted
with their petitions and prayers.
This entire area of the church
is a source of hope for everyone
who comes along to visit.
There are countless letters
of thanksgiving being displayed here
to let people know
that this church
is truly a miraculous one.
That no matter what our concerns are,
what diseases we have,
or how hard our problems are,
we can be helped
and there's always hope.
It's like there is no impossibility.
But we have to bear in mind
that the granting of petitions and prayers
does not always depend on this church alone
but on the kind of people we are
and what is in our hearts.
God will never listen to anyone
who has selfish motives.
If our petitions and prayers
are for the good of everyone,
or at least a lot of people
not just ourselves,
then surely God listens and grants.