There’s something very romantic about the ambiance of the place, maybe because it was created out of love. A love story that ended in 2012 continues to live inside the pillars of Cebu’s Taj Mahal-like structure. Temple of Leah in Cebu City is situated on top of the mountain. A love for the late Leah Albino Adarna, grandmother of the famous Filipina actress Ellen Adarna.
Teodorico Adarna and his wife Leah started their family very young. Leah was 16, and Teodorico was 19 when they got married. Leah later died of lung cancer at 69 years old. The construction of the temple started in 2012 and continues to this day. The building reportedly costs around 80 million pesos and symbolizes his undying love for his wife. Teodorico promised that he would store all her things under one roof.
Inside the temple lies the various collection of the late Leah Albino Adarna. According to her daughter Arlene Adarna Mangubat, her mother Leah is a known hoarder who never threw anything away, even plastic Jollibee spoons.
Temple of Leah is a hoarder’s story and a husband who kept his promise.
General Information (2022):
Location: Busay, Cebu City
Visiting Hours: 8:00 am to 12:00 midnight daily
Entrance Fee: PHP 100 per person
Parking Fee: PHP 50
Other Fees: PHP 2,500 for event photography
How to Get to Temple of Leah:
- Via Jeepney
You may catch a 04D, 04I, or 04H (Lahug-Busay) jeepney from downtown Cebu City. The fare is around PHP 10 per person. Ask the driver to drop you off at the street going to Temple of Leah. It’s a five-minute walk to the site.
- Via Public Transport
You may take a habal-habal from JY Center in Lahug. The fare costs PHP 150 per person.
- Via Car
Navigate using Waze or Google / Apple Maps and key in Temple of Leah. There are plenty of parking spaces available.
Temple of Leah is located on top of a hill in the town of Busay in Cebu. The travel time from downtown Cebu is around 30 minutes.