Temple of Leah

Roosevelt St., Cebu City, Cebu

Temple of Leah
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Anthony M.
5.0 Stars
10

For if you’re ever here in Cebu City ( tourist & locals ) you must 128515 visit & explore the Temple Of Leah ... located in Busay , over 5kms in the hills behind Cebu City , by travelling up the Cebu Transcentral Hwy ( Veterans Dr )

The Temple Of Leah ... a huge edifice of Roman Architecture , was constructed 2012 ... this monumental site , was built by Teodorico Soriano Adarna , as a symbol of his undying love & devotion to his late wife ... Leah Villa Albino-Adarna ... they were married 53 years

Entrance fee is only P50 per person

Disappointedly but understandably & acceptable ... when we visited this time , to the Temple Of Leah , there was Major refurbishment work going on with the inside & the roof of the main Temple’s building ... unknown when this refurbishment will be finished ( even after asking at main gate )

Nevertheless , this trip was still worth it 128513 with the total feel & experience of this place

For like , as you approach this exceptional Temple , from the outside landing , for me 128516 it felt like I was walking ( back in time ) towards a spectacular ancient Temple , that should be in Rome 128513 with the overwhelming architecture , like the massive stone cylindrical columns facing along the frontal wall ... as you approach closer , there are 2 gigantic Gold coloured Lion statues , that are in resting but aware feel , on their solid mounts , at either side of the stairs advancing up to the large open entryway to the Temple itself ... inside at the far end of the short foyer , you’ll spot the imposing Y-Grand Staircase , leading upstairs ... with the gold like statue of Leah sitting 1/2 way up these stair , as 2 large gold like angle statues facing up , looking like they’re always notifying her presence , with ancient trumpets raised ... on this day ( due to the safety with the refurbishment ) we weren’t allowed to enter any of the many side rooms upstairs or on the Temple’s inside ground floor ... where the museum & library are

Also with the spectacular panoramic views , from the Temple Of Leah & the property’s large outside landing 128516 mostly overlook Northern Cebu City & Mactan Island

There is a few ways to travel up to the Temple of Leah
•• Organised Tours from Cebu City
- Most of these interesting tours also travel to some of the other beautiful tourist locations up near bye to the Temple
- The price of these tours vary , due to how many travel
•• Taxi
- Recommended to organise hiring fee with driver before traveling ... this includes
** around how long you would like this taxi for
** distances to travel
** waiting times
- Also 128512 could be part of what you organised with your taxi driver , you could travel to other beautiful locations nearby , after seeing the Temple Of Leah
- As highly suggestive 128515 to have this taxi wait for you , so for easier travel back down to Cebu City
- Helps 128556 if driver has good understanding of English
• Hire Car / Private Car Tours
- These tours are more expensive than Taxi
- Mostly same recommended details as taking taxi
• Motorbike Tours
- Cheap way of sightseeing & transportation - if game 128556
- Also mostly same recommended details as taking taxi ... times , distances , waiting & returning
- You travel tandem on back of the motorbike 128561🤣
• Jeepney
- One of the main Filipino ways of travelling locally ... very cheap
- There is , with irregular times , jeepneys traveling part of the Cebu Transcentral Hwy - Jeepney No: 04H
- With taking the Jeepney , you need to get dropped off at the road intersection & walk the road ( around km ) up to the Temple ... let the jeepney driver know where you like to go to ( might help ) or you could miss the turnoff

The Cebu Transcentral Hwy ... is a sealed hilly winding road , that travels totally across near central Cebu Island , from Cebu City to Balamban - Vice Versa ... from this gripping 128556 winding road , there is also plenty of breathtaking landscapes 🤗128526

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Russel F.
4.0 Stars
6

Another tourist spot that we paid a visit during our Cebu trip was the Temple of Leah located at Busay in Cebu City. The Temple of Leah was dubbed as the Taj Mahal of Cebu. With its elaborate, Roman-inspired architecture and design - it’s been one of the most visited tourist attractions in Cebu.

Temple of Leah was built in 2012 and was dedicated to Leah Albino-Adarna, the late wife of Teodorico Soriano Adarna ~ which happens to be the grandparents of Ellen Adarna. The temple consists of grandeur details which have been noticeable at every corner of the shrine. There were also some nice sculptures in the temple aside from its Roman-inspired character statues. There was also an array of books in the museum and some artworks in the gallery.

We just loved the ambiance of the place although the construction is still ongoing and was already amazed by its beauty.

Entrance fee is 50 pesos.

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Anthony M.
1.0 Stars

Road to temple from main hill road is still closed at this moment in time due to landslides a few weeks ago .... the hill road is open

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Julie C.
4.0 Stars

I've been able to visit this place 3 times. You can have the place to yourself around 1pm-2pm, but I don't suggest you go then because it's too hot and you won't be able to stay too long. Best time to go would be around 5pm, as it won't be too hot then. Problem is there are too many people there around that time. There are still some construction going on even now, but the place is coming along nicely.
There's a kiosk here that sells water and various snacks.

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Jackie M.
4.0 Stars
3

I love Greece and I was too excited to see this place as soon as I heard the news about it.

The place has still on-going construction but nevertheless the temple itself is available for everyone who visit the place.

It was like I'm in Athens! Great place to visit when in Cebu along with Sirao Flower Farm and Tops.

The temple structures were so greek-ish so european128571 Perfect for your ig-worthy posts and dramatic effects. Go take a lot of pictures of the place and how beautiful it felt. Good for pictorials by the way.

Tip: Go early and go on a weekday to have the place for yourself. Bring a car. But habal-habal is okay as that's what we rode but ansaket sa pwet mga bes. 30min-1hr ride one way is nakakangalay.

I want to go back when it is completely contructed already.

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EJ B.
4.0 Stars
10

"Cebu meets The Parthenon"

That's the first thing pop-up in my mind when we arrived to our next destination... TEMPLE OF LEAH.

Upon entry we need to pay an Entrance Fee amounting to Php50.00 per pax. The temple is still under construction when we enter the premises. It's huge and spacious with beautiful over-looking view of Cebu City, I can definitely compare it with our Antipolo in Luzon when it comes to view. The man-made structure will let you feel that you're in another place... Am I in Greece?

And we were very lucky that few visitors during that time and we have the opportunity to take several good photos.

Temple of Leah was constructed in year 2012. It's a tribute and symbol of Teodorico Adarna's undying love to his wife Leah Villa Albino-Adarna. He also built a golden sculpture (the local said it was made of bronze) of his wife which is located at the center of the temple.

Note: If you don't want to get annoyed with to many visitors while taking pictures... I suggest to go early in the morning.

Temple of Leah is located at Brgy. Busay, Cebu City.

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Herl C.
4.0 Stars
7

Cebu City has many tourist attractions to offer to every one who visited the province. Our own itinerary won't be completed without visiting the Europe feels of the Temple of Leah.

128205HOW TO GET THERE:
We went to JY Mall. From there, we rode a habal-habal that took us to a mountain peak where the temple is located. It was 30-minute bumpy ride.

128176BUDGET:
P300 - Habal habal fare for 2 pax
P50 - Entrance fee

It was an afternoon when we decided to go to Temple of Leah because they said it's best to go there during that time. The ride was a bit scary because we were not wearing any helmet. But our driver was careful enough so I trusted him.

We arrived in Temple of Leah before dawn. There were lots of tourists inside which made it hard for us to get a decent photo. Every one was taking selfies, group pics, jump shots, so I learned that we should not go here during afternoon I guess. We explored the whole area. There are Roman and Goddess statues in every corner as well as the big lion on the front. The architecture is truly European except that this one is still not finished.

I learned about Temple of Leah that it is build by Teodorico Adarna to show his love for his beloved wife Leah Albino Villa-Adarna, same story like the man who built the Taj Mahal to show his dedication to his wife. He also offered a big statue of the wife inside the temple. The overlooking view is also overwhelming because you can see mountains and cityscape. There are chairs and tables if you want to rest your feet, small stall for food and drinks, and restrooms inside.

Our driver told us a story about this place. He used to work with the Adarna and according to him, they rate is below minimum plus there is no incentives. That is why the construction of Temple is Leah is still on-going because workers are not satisfy with the pay that they recieved. They tend to leave or don't give any effort to finish their service. It was sad to hear such story.

There's nothing to do inside Temple of Leah except for photo taking. I would still recommend this place to go even once in your life. I hope that this place finish as soon as possible for everyone to see how beautiful it will turn out.

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Julie L.
4.0 Stars
4

Teodorico Adarna built this for his beloved wife Leah Adarna. Inspired by Roman architecture, it emulated those intricate and distinct designs all over the place.

When we visited, there are still some areas being constructed. 50Php entrance fee.

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Nicole C.
4.0 Stars
6

I was able to visit Temple of Leah twice - first time we visited there weren't really that much people around, as we went around 1 PM on a weekday. Second time we visited was again, on a weekday, around 5PM, though this time round there were some people, locals and tourists alike.

I suggest that you visit late, like around 4-5PM, because if you visit earlier than that, then it'd be scorching hot and you won't be able to really enjoy the experience, at least for me. Aside from the temple housing the Leah statue (which is the main attraction), the place doesn't really offer much shade to hide from the sun lol.

There's also a small fee of 50 pesos that you have to pay per person in order to enter. 128522

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Liezzy M.
5.0 Stars
2

charming place

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Joana Marie B.
5.0 Stars
2

The view was perfect 128522128077128099

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Nishoji S.
5.0 Stars
5

This place was a buzz in the social media lately and i got the chance to witness its picturesque beauty.. It was said to be built because of the undying love of Ellen Adarnas late grandpa to his late wife Leah( Ellens grandma). So basically thw place was a property of the Adarnas.. The place was full of tourists and locals since we visites during weekends so a pice of advice to those who want to visit rhe place, you should visit it duting weekdays and you can really capture great photos since there are lesser visitor during weekdays.. So the place was basically still on the making and is not yet fully constructed tha made me a bit sad since i still cant witness the full beauty of it but still it is worth it to be visit. It has a roman inspires architecture and you get o see the full view of Cebu City since it has a wide deck viewing and its like your in a place of gods and godesses since it is roman inspired. It was great to visit the place and i think it would be a lot better when its fully finished..

P.S. there would be an entrace fee for 50php per person and best time wo visit is by 4-5pm since the sun is almost setting at that time and you can really enjoy taking pictures for the whole place..(the last photo was basically the restroom without even knowing that it was when i got to see the signage..128517)

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Angela Marie C.
4.0 Stars
6

Since we were already in Busay, we decided to proceed to Trmple of Leah. It was a good 7 minutes drive from Tops to here. When we came in, I had to blurt out "wow!" As in napa-"Wait, what? This is in Cebu?" ako! 128576

I can't even describe how much this place is beautiful! I was in awe the whole time we were here, albeit having some construction on-going when we went. It was still such a pretty place!

I know that the story behind the spot is another one of those Taj Mahal anecdotes. It sure is a wonderful spot though. It was very European, I must say. I haven't been to Rome but I take it, it's quite similar here. 128569

It was worth the visit, and I would definitely come back especially when construction is completed! 128571

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Diane C.
5.0 Stars

Temple of Leah, Cebu #TravelPH

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Hazel M.
5.0 Stars
4

We found this gem accidentally as we thought this is just near Taoist temple. All along we thought that the habal habal will just go here because it is on-the-way to Taoist temple. But I'm certainly sure, IT IS NOT. Taoist temple and Temple Of Leah are far from each other.

Insider tip: If you'll be going to taoist temple, just say to the habal habal that you'll only be going there. Because i'm pretty sure that they'll say that temple of leah is near taoist temple.

Anyway, upon reaching the temple, we were amazed.
First, because we can see the whole of Cebu. Next, it was big... Very big. A lot of Greek inspired architecture and it was beautiful.

Backgrounder: Leah is the wife of Teodorica Adarna.
"This Temple was constructed in the year 2012 A.D as a symbol of my undying love for her and my ceaseless devotion to Leah Villa Albino-Adarna." - somewhere written near the statue.

Upon reading the reason why he built this temple, I secretly wished that I was "Leah" 128540128540

This is a good place to relax after the long trip using the habal habal and also to appreciate the beauty of nature and to see Cebu as a whole.

The temple is not that fully constructed. I think they will build a museum or hotel. 128077🏻

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Patrick V.
5.0 Stars
4

The Temple of Leah was built as a symbol of Teodorico Adarna's undying love to his wife, Leah Villa Albino-Adarna. The two were married for 53 years until she passed away in 2010. The construction started in 2012 and up until now, most parts are still under construction.

Located atop the mountains of Busay just across Lantaw. We just added around P500 to the daytour package that we availed for the driver to take us here. However, I asked the habal-habals just outside the temple and they said a one-way trip would cost around P75 pesos to the city proper. Entrance costs around P50.

The place also provides a great panoramic view of the city because of the wide viewing deck in front of the temple. Best time to visit would be around 4-5PM when the heat would be bearable but take note that the temple closes at around 7PM.

I am really excited to see this place once it is completed. Boasting of Roman inspired architecture, the temple really is a great symbol of love that can stand the test of time. 10084

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Maye D.
4.0 Stars
2

The purpose of the construction of this temple kind of reminds me of the Taj Mahal. This Roman-inspired temple is owned by the Adarna family, dedicated to Leah Adarna (Ellen Adarna's grandmother). The place is enormous but still unfinished. Most part of the structure is still under construction but the front side of the temple is open to visitors for an entrance fee of Php 50. I expect this would increase once the structure is finished.

I love how the entire place is incredibly picturesque and makes you feel like you're somewhere in Rome. You'll also love the view of the city. If you're a tourist, you can take a taxi and ask the driver to wait for you since it's located at the mountaintop but I also saw a tarp that says Temple of Leah provides shuttle service going down to ease transportation for visitors.

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Casey D.
4.0 Stars
10

A visit at Temple of Leah is a must when in Cebu.
I first saw this place when it got featured in KMJS episode back then and I made sure that I will go to this place once in Cebu. The place is not yet finished, but there were already many people going to this place. Entrance fee is php50 each.
It also has an overlooking view. I think aside from Tops this will be a great place to watch sunset.
The temple is big and spacious. There were big statues/sculptures around. You can also do your pictorials/pre-nups in this place. There were bench so you can take a rest.
I wonder how this will look like once it is totally finish. Can't wait!!!!! Hihi and oh, this temple is dedicated to Ellen Adarna's grandmother. 100841008410084

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Nikki C.
3.0 Stars

A devoted husband and father, built this Roman structured temple for his late wife, Leah 128149

Construction started 2012, and up until now the building is not yet fully finished. But visitors can still come and look around. The entrance fee for adults is 50pesos whereas for senior is free. The main reason why this was built was to remember the late Leah Adarna and for the family tree of the Adarna Family continue and be remembered throughout their generation.

We came to visit here at sunset and saw the beautiful skyline of the city. 992510024

Looking forward to the final finish of this area. Looks promising 128521

Ps.. Leah Adarna is Ellen Adarna's grandmother 128144

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Ruth S.
4.0 Stars

I really love and envy the fact that everything is within reach here in Cebu. Just a couple of minutes (even less than an hour) you can go to different places already!!! Ahh, Cebu.. You're amazing!! 128525128525

Right after visiting Sirao, we went here at Temple of Leah. Again, I've seen a lot of beautiful photos taken here. So aside from visiting Sirao farm, I need to see this place, as well. Located just near Lantaw, Temple of Leah is another must visit place for all.

This is dedicated and was built out of love for Leah. This is, btw, owned by the Adarna family.

The place is still under construction, there are still a lot of areas unfinished but despite that, you can still see and appreciate the beauty of this structure. Feels like you're in a different place and time. 9786128076🏼 But since there are areas still undone, you really have to find the right angle and spot to take your pictures at. Good thing, I have my very awesome friend who helped me find the best and perfect spot hihi. 128513

Best to visit this place early in the morning for the sunlight and to avoid the crowd. So you'll also get to appreciate the view. Entrance fee is 30 pesos. And after here, you can eat and have lunch at Lantaw which is just super near this place.

Tip: Tops is also within the area so might as well visit that one. 128521

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