Love conquers all. No buts, no don’ts. Simply giving, not bothering for what you can’t take back. Find out the story behind Cebu’s newest tourist attraction.
As for Teodorico Adarna, owner of Temple of Leah and father of Filipino actress Ellen Adarna, this huge edifice of Roman Architecture design is his way of showing how strong his love and his ceaseless devotion to his wife, Leah. Yes, this is a temple of love from an inspired imagination.
In the Queen City of the South, a palace of Teodoro Adarna’s Queen Leah Villa Albino-Adarna was made and replicated with a big statue in the middle. After a few years of waiting, the Philippine version of Taj Mahal has finally opened to welcome visitors.
The temple has an art gallery, museum, and a library where all of the favorite things her wife owned are placed. At the top, there’s a spectacular view of the city and more exceptional scenery as you walk through the temple. In this Greek methodology-inspired 7-story mansion, there are gigantic lions lying on each side of the stairs that will guide you to the door step of another jaw-dropping view. You can see a grand staircase with angels made up of brass and the Queen of the Temple in a 10-ft statue with crown and flower.
Booking a flight to Rome and visiting Roman temple will surely cost you a lot of money. If you don’t have a budget yet, why not just pay a visit to Temple of Leah?
Get to know more of this new attraction by visiting their Facebook page.
Location: Roosevelt St., Brgy. Busay Cebu City
Visiting hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
Entrance fee: P50 per person
Parking fee: P100 if inside the premises; free if outside but limited slots only
Other fees: P2,500 for professional photography for events
Contact number: (032) 233-5032
How to get there?
• It’s still best to bring your own vehicle so you won’t have a hard time going back to the city. Parking spaces are available.
• There’s a shuttle available in front of Dessert Factory in SSY Center across Watsons / JY Square Mall in Lahug. SSY Center can be found on Waze or Google Maps. The shuttle goes to Temple of Leah, Tops Lookout and Lantaw. It’s P120 per person for a round trip ride. Check Go To Tops’ Facebook page for details.