To some extent, The Temple of Leah is like the Taj Mahal of Agra or The Ruins in Talisay. It was built and made as a symbol of undying love for a woman.
This Greco-Roman styled structure on a hill in Busay overlooking the vastness of Metropolitan Cebu, is an imposing temple that attracted a huge throng of visitors from the time it was being built (2011 A.D.) up to the present. It is a work in progress, already into its 5th year of construction.It is said to function as a museum and as an art gallery.
Teodorico Adarna (owner of Queensland motels, and grandfather of actress Ellen Adarna) built the Temple of Leah to express his forever love and ceaseless devotion to his wife, Leah Villa Albino. Leah succumbed to cancer and died in 2010. Teodorico decided to build a monument to keep the memories of his wife alive.
The Temple of Leah is a sprawling attraction, almost 5,000 square meters in area, 7 floors, 20 rooms and about 50 tall columns, adorned with several Greco-Roman sculptures.
How to get there? From JY Square in Lahug, Cebu, head off to Busay by taking a ‘habal-habal’ motorcycle or drive up and pass by Marco Polo Hotel and up to the junction of Mountainview Resort which is roughly a 10min travel. Take that road on the left which leads to Mountainview and then to another junction where the road forks for Lantaw Busay Restaurant. Take the left road. The Temple, in its mere size, cannot be missed. Entrance fee is Php 50.00 per person.