In terms of public cleanliness and sanitation by means of having safe water sources, dirt free roads, beautiful parks and overall fresh ambiance, Sibonga, Cebu takes pride with not just having one of the most sought-after churches in Cebu but has also maintained heritage homes and green environment due to its local government’s efforts.
Sibonga, Cebu is relatively smaller compared to the other towns in Cebu with over 40,000 total population and 25 total barangays: Abugon, Bae, Bagacay,Bahay, Banlot, Basak, Bato, Cagay, Can‑aga, Candaguit, Cantolaroy, Dugoan, Guimbangco‑an, Lamacan, Libo, Lindogon, Magcagong, Manatad, Mangyan, Papan, Poblacion, Sabang, Sayao, Simala and Tubod.
The town of Sibonga, Cebu is where you can freely stroll, sit by the park, enjoy a breath of fresh air and just merely make the most out of your vacation by taking pleasure in the simple pleasures in life.
When you take a glimpse of this church’s old intricate designs, you can’t help but notice its similarities with a castle comparable with Cinderella due to its long staircase at the main entrance. You can’t help but experience extreme feeling of solemn wonder while exploring both the exterior and interior of this prominent church.
Going to Simala shrine takes about two hours away from Cebu city. You can take a cab, rented van or you can also go by normal transportation via South Bus Terminal, where you can ride another bus going to Sibonga, and a motorcycle ride or habal habal from there to get to Simala Shrine.
Devotees similar to Manaoag also flock to the church mostly during weekends. So for visitors, the best day to visit is by weekdays from Mondays to Thursdays, to avoid a large number of people gathered together inside the church.
Similar to the Taoist temple in Cebu city, appropriate attire should be worn within the church grounds. No slippers, shoes, shorts, sleeveless shirts are prohibited especially on the way to the altar, the spot where the statue of Blessed Virgin Mary can be found.
A visit to the church was not just an incredible experience but also a monumental place definitely a place worth going and visiting within Cebu.
Buko Beach Resort
Nothing beats the heat of the summer that’s why cooling down at the beach is absolutely a must. Buko Beach Resort in Sibonga, Cebu is located just a few minutes away from Simala shrine. If you want to hit the beach and take a cool dip just right after a spiritual encounter then Buko Beach resort is the perfect place to spend your weekend.
The beach areas are perfect for sunbathing and both families and large group of visitors will surely enjoy.
They have swimming pools for kids and adults and bamboo, enclosed, and air-conditioned cottages. A resto bar slash restaurant named The Coconut Hut, serves great food and drinks for guests while listening to a live band. Videoke machines have always been a regular part of any person’s lives. So if you think you can carry a tune, then go give those vocal chords a practice.
What’s also interesting about this resort is the presence of a large size trampoline which is exclusively for kids and other resort amenities such as Beach Volleyball courts perfect for large groups.
Escapade Green Hub Resort
Formerly known as the Habitat Green Hub Resort, this resort offers a offers a scenic view of the mountain side. This is perfect for team buildings or reunions where different activities can be organized.
Cottages are available for day tour or overnight and large swimming pools with slides for kids. If you’re looking for a more simple recreation without much preparation, then Escapade Green Hub is a great choice.
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