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Most Cebuanos are Catholics. This explains why there are a number of big churches and monasteries around the city. One of the known monasteries in Cebu is the Carmelite Monastery. This is located along Juan Luna Avenue in Mabolo, Cebu City and was founded on May 13, 1949.

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The monastery is home to the Carmelite nuns who are spending their time behind the walls of the convent. The convent is found right beside the chapel. The monastery has gained fame not just among the Cebuanos but also nationally. The monastery got attention when the late president Cory Aquino has sought refuge in the monastery after the People Power Revolution. Former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo also went into a spiritual retreat with the Carmelite nuns. This proves that it’s not only the locals who are smitten by the comfort the monastery provides, even high ranking officials find their shelter among the nuns.
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