Sunday, April 15, 2018

# Cebu # Grand Temple of Leah

Reminiscing the Visit to the Temple of Leah


I wasn't expecting to reach Cebu City during that month of July in 2017. I was informed that there was a memo from the regional office to attend a seminar which will be conducted in Cebu. Though I was included in the original memo, an issue on the selection of who will be attending the seminar cropped up and I was dropped from the list. I was saddened upon hearing the news but I couldn't do anything about it because it was the decision of the management. I was assigned to another place and I couldn't go to the main office immediately to ask why there was a sudden change in the decision. What I have known was another officer wanted to attend the seminar. 

I already accepted the fact that I won't be able to attend. When I reached home, I received another text message that I was reconsidered as one of the attendees. I immediately booked for a flight to Cebu. it was a good thing that I had a balance in my PayPal account during that time. I used that balance to purchase a ticket with Cebu Pacific. 

Our Hotel Accommodation:

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That was the first time that I reached Cebu. We stayed at the Crown Regency Hotel which is located at Fuente Towers, Osmena Boulevard in Cebu City. We stayed on the 21st floor so I could see a clear view of the surrounding business establishments around the area. 

The activity was only scheduled for two days so much as we want to stay longer so that we may be able to visit more places but to no avail. The only time that we could go around the place was the before we go home. 

The group rented a van to bring us to different tourist spots just before we proceed to the airport. One of the places we visited was the Temple of Leah.

The Grand Temple of Leah

One of the places that we visited was the Grand Temple of Leah which is located at Roosevelt St., Busay, Cebu City. The Temple of Leah is inspired by Italian architecture and was made in honor of Teodorico Adarna's wife, Leah. It is quite similar to the great Taj Mahal of India. 

Temple of Leah was built on the mountainous part of the city. Before you could reach the main building, you need to walk on a steep concreted area. You will notice the two lions guarding the main entrance of the building. 

Statues of three (3) naked maidens can be found on top guarded by horses the middle of wide ground in front of the main edifice. 

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Taj Mahal is an enormous edifice located in India.

Noticeable parts of the temple are the huge pillars which are holding the main roof of the building and serving as the foundation of the edifice.  

In the middle of the temple, a giant bronze statue which is about 9-feet tall of Teodorico Adarna's Queen, Leah Albino-Adarna.

Written on the plaque was Leah V. Albino-Adarna was "Chosen Matron Queen of her Alma Mater, the University of Southern Philippines. This nine-foot bronze statue portrays her composure and regal bearing when she was crowned. May the beholder discern her innate beauty, poise, and genteelness." Signed by Teodorico Soriano Adarna.

How to Go to the Temple of Leah

The best way to go to the place is to hire a van just like what we did when we go there. However, if you prefer to go to the place via other ways of transportation, you may take a taxi, a public utility jeepney or a motorcycle (known as habal-habal) from downtown Cebu. 

Temple of Leah is located in Barangay Busay, Cebu City.

Here is the map for easy reference:


We paid the amount of Php 50.00 ($1.00) for the entrance fee. The amount hasn't been changed since the writing of this post.

Thank you for visiting. Hope you learned something worthwhile on your visit to my blog. Stay tuned for more updates.


  1. Omg, it looks so pretty there, I definitely hope I can make it there one day x

    1. Hi Chloe! Thank you for reading my post. The place is one of the favorites of soon-to-be-married couples for their prenup photo shoot. I hope you could visit the place.

  2. So beautiful, I can online imagine what it looks like in person!

    1. Thank you Bianca! Yes, the place is so beautiful. Perfect place for a queen.