Temple of Leah is one of the newest attraction in Cebu. Why is the temple built?
The temple was built by Teodorico Adarna, a known business tycoon, owner of Queensland Hotels and the grandfather of Filipina actress Ellen Adarna, out of his undying love for his wife Leah Villa-Albino Adarna. Love definitely conquers all. Teodorico’s love for his wife stands by the vow, ’till death do us part’ thus, the 7 stories greek inspired mansion was built last 2012. The temple is not finished yet but it already welcomes visitors.
Temple of Leah is the Taj Mahal of the Philippines. Two huge gold lion statue are on each side of the stairs will welcome you as you enter the doorstep of the temple. It has a grand staircase and a 10-foot bronze statue of Queen Leah. The statue portrays Leah Adarna’s grace and regal bearing as she reigns matron queen in her alma mater, University of the Southern Philippines.
There are statues and angels in every corner. Even the grand staircase was lined with brass angels that will leave you in awe. The temple has a collection of books and you can also see all the things that are owned and loved by Leah. A fountain stands in the middle that adds beauty to the place.
You will be overwhelmed not just by the overlooking view of the city but also because of the grandeur of the place. There are benches where you can relax and enjoy the scenic view. They also have a hotdog stand but it’s a bit pricey so I suggest that you bring your own food in case you’ll get hungry. Anyway, there is no corkage fee but just make sure to throw your garbage properly. Let us respect the owner’s love and devotion for his wife. The hotdog on a stick will be Php20 and with bun will be Php40.
The temple reminds me of Olympus and ancient Rome. Its entrance fee will be Php 50, perhaps to help maintain the beauty of the place. It is located atop of the rugged hills in Roosevelt St., Barangay Busay, Cebu City.