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Place Of Worship
Theotokos Shrine, Natalio B. Bacalso South National Highway, Carcar City, Cebu, Philippines
Distance From City Center
203 m
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Theotokos Shrine

Theotokos Shrine is located on a pilgrimage site in Cebu and is home to a statue of Our Lady of the Family. The place was once famous for the phenomena known as the 'dancing light.'

When the site was being constructed, a farmer discovered something strange. His plow collided with an unusual thing directly behind the location of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. What it was was a fifteenth-century antique base for a monstrance bearing the monogram AM, Ave Maria, similar to the AM on the Miraculous Medal, and an ancient form of the cross that was imprinted on the large host for consecration. 

Steps leading to the Blessed Sacrament are located directly under the altar. One could spend a whole day in the Eucharistic adoration chapel. Apart from being serene, one is surrounded by beautiful natural scenery. One window below has a view of the scenery.


How to get there

To get to Theotokos Shrine, go to Carcar, Cebu. If you’re coming rom Cebu City, take a bus from the Southern Bus Terminal on N. Bacalso Avenue. Once in Carcar, ride a tricycle or jeepney going to Theotokos Shrine.


Best time to visit

Theotokos Shrine is open daily for all tourists.

Frequently asked questions

What is an important fact about Theotokos Shrine?

On September 9, 1992, Cardinal Vidal, Archbishop of Cebu, blessed the statue of Our Lady of Fatima as Theotokos and proclaimed it a Diocesan Shrine four years later. Additionally, permission was given to celebrate a Dawn Mass on the 13th of each month.

What is the story behind the ‘dancing light’?

As the Cardinal blessed Our Lady's 20-foot statue, the 'dancing light' appeared for the first time. This was to be repeated every five months for the next five months.

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