A grand majestic tribute of love, the picturesque 'Temple of Leah' in Busay, Cebu.
As for Teodorico Adarna, owner of Temple of Leah and grandfather 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.
I constructed this temple in the year 2012 A.D. as a symbol of my undying love for and ceaseless devotion to Leah Villa Albino-Adarna, my wife of 53 years.
I adopted an architectural design that can withstand time and still be appreciated for a millennium so this temple will become a landmark of Cebu, where future generations of the Adarna clan can come and trace their roots and heritage,
Explains a brass plaque plastered on the wall beside Leah’s statue.
Tucked in Cebu City’s highland barangay of Busay, construction of Temple of Leah started in 2012 and expected to be finished by 2020.
The temple is reportedly made up of 24 chambers that house an art gallery, museum, library and bar, among others, and adorned with life-sized statues of Roman gladiators, lions and angels all over.
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
A wide stone steps give everyone a free access to the portico and towards the lobby where a brass 10-foot statue of Leah is erected.
The commemorative plaque on the base of the statue reads:
“Beloved Wife and Mother: Leah V. Albino-Adarna was chosen Matron Queen of her Alma Mater the University of Southern Philippines.
This bronze statue portrays her composure and regal bearing when she was crowned.
May the beholder discern her innate beauty, poise and gentleness.”
By private car:
Navigate using Google Maps or Waze.
For budget travelers:
Ride the 04L jeepneys from the city and alight at JY Square Mall. Hire a habal-habal that will take you to Temple of Leah.
The cheapest way to get here via public transport is to catch a 04D, 04I or 04H (Lahug-Busay) jeepney from downtown Cebu City, fare is not more than P20 per person; get off at the street to Temple Leah; and walk for 5 minutes to the site.
Alternatively, you may charter a habal-habal at Lahug / JY Mall straight to Temple of Leah for P150 per motorcycle, good for 2 persons, or a taxi or grab from the downtown. Best time to go here is at opening to avoid the crowd.
Exact location: Landon Heights Roosevelt, Busay, Cebu City — few meters away from Temple of Leah and Mountain View Nature’s Park, and 15-20 minutes away from JY Square or city proper.
BY HABAL-HABAL: Ride a motorbike (max of 2 persons per bike), near or surrounding from JY Square Mall in Lahug. It would cost only ₱100 per head per way – ₱150 for 2 people. You may need to pay more and schedule ahead if you want a ride back from the city.
BY TAXI/GRAB: Max of 4 persons only per car. Some drivers might be okay with it, some are not. Some might ask for more, so be understanding and negotiate well since the road is a bit steep. Estimated cost is ₱200-250 per way from the city (Ayala Center).
BY CAR: This is the best option, if you want to have peace of mind and not worry about your way back home. The road is concrete and well-maintained, but a bit steep so it’s safe to bring your own car. Parking space is also available. Just navigate via Waze or Google Maps and set your destination to “Temple of Leah”.
BY CAR RENTAL: You can rent a car or book an uphill tour with our trusted travel partner.
Entrance Fee: 75 Pesos
Parking Fee: 30 Pesos