Temple of Leah was constructed in the year 2012 as a tribute of Teodorico Adarna a business tycoon that owns the Queensland chain of motels and the grandfather of actress Ellen Adarna to his wife Leah Villa Albino -Adarna whom the place is named after. He made this Temple possible to show his unwavering love to his wife.
The Temple of Leah is a work in progress when we came to visit. It was a little dusty and cluttered, hopefully I am looking forward to visit the place again and able to see its final look. The temple was built on the hillside of Barangay Busay, in the Queen City of South (Cebu City). The area varies from steep slope in the upper part to gently rolling slope in the lower part. This barangay has rugged hillsides and topographically/shrub land area.
The Temple is an edifice of Roman architecture and Greek methodology inspired as you can see from the sculptures, columns, and high pillars. People who visited the place felt that they stepped into ancient Rome.
As you entered the Temple you would be greeted by a gigantic lions lying on each side of the stairs that will guide you to the door step where you can see a staircase with angels made up of brass and the Queen of the Temple in a 10-ft statue with crown and flower.
The brass statue is the representation of Leah Villa Albino-Adarna the late wife of the business tycoon Teodorico S. Adarna. Leah crowned matron queen of her alma mater, the University of Southern Philippines. The plaque at the bottom base of the statue reads ” May the beholder discern her innate beauty, poise and gentleness.
The Temple has an art gallery, museum and a library where all the favorite things her wife owned keep. Outside there are benches where you can sit down, relax, nibble some snacks and drinks while enjoying the panoramic view of Cebu City. I can’t stop taking pictures of the beautiful scenery and intricate works of art, wondering how will it look like once done.
Temple of Leah is one of Cebu City’s important landmarks that invites and welcomes visitors to see its majestic beauty.
Address: Roosevelt Street, Barangay Busay, Cebu City
Entrance Fee: 50 PHP per person
Parking Fee: FREE if outside the premises, but limited slots only. 100 PHP if parked inside Temple of Leah
Contact Number: 632 233 5032
Other Fees: 2,500 PHP for photo-shoots
Opening hours: 24 hours a day and 7 days a week