On the 22nd of November in 2015, I visited this place for the first time with a Japanese friend of mine, and on the 14th of April this year, I went there for the second time with a good friend of mine.

This temple is situated over the mountain range at Brgy. Busay in Cebu City.. Please refer to http://templeofleah.com/ for more info and photos. ♥

I have here a short message from the owner himself. I took this from the website.

If you believe in love, Love can move mountains. If we got love that is strong enough, we can do anything, make it through anything ‘Coz through it all love will always find a way.
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 and structural 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 coming from her can come and trace the roots and heritage. All her lifetime collections are showcased in the 24 chambers of this Temple principally for the members of our family who cherish her memory.
This is to acknowledge the help given to me to finish this massive temple:
  • Alan Modesto Adarna and Teodorico “Rico” G. adarna who share their expertise in the construction and the generosity of Alan Modesto Adarna for loaning his heavy equipments to help carve this Temple from mountain side
  • The Substanstial help from my only daughter Arlene Mae Adarna (May 22, 1962) – married to Arne Crodua Mangubat (October 6, 1961), Children: Mary Adelle Hlynn “Madel” Dejon (June 7, 1984), Arne Angelo “Badodong” Mangubat (Novermber 11, 1991), Arianne Ysabel “Yssa” mangubat (August 6, 1997)
  • To Rey “Epoy” N. Adarna and Teodorico “Jumboy” N. Adarna who contributed income of their hotels to help the expenses in the early days of the construction
  • To Teodorico “Jumboy” N. Adarna who helped me care for her last days and her two (2) granddaughters Dr. Leigh angeli Adarna and Nurse Adelle Hlynn “Madel” Dejon who cared for her in her most critical days until she breath her last
May this Temple serve as a symbol of a great love of a husband to his very loving wife.
TEODORICO S. ADARNA

When we were here, it felt like we were transported to another place (although we only stayed outside as no one was allowed to get inside).  Probably because it was my first time to be in such a kind of place.

Here are some photos we took:

 

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The panoramic view of the city from this area is pretty much fascinating. ♥
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Here are some photos from my second visit:

 

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How we got here:

We took a habal-habal or a motorbike somewhere at JY Mall in Lahug. During my first I paid only P60 for each of us, but during the second time, I paid P70 since we were two, but supposedly P75 (we haggled 😂). The entrance was only P30 during my first but it was P50 during the second.

The habal-habal ride was okay. It was smooth, except that it was kind of pricey. I believe there’s a jeepney that passes along JY but stops somewhere near the place, so if you’d like to go there and doesn’t want to spend a lot, take that jeepney from JY and then just tell the driver to drop you off where they stop, and from there you just take a habal-habal so you can save.

My experience:

Well, I’m sure not all of us are fans of temples or museums and any stuff like this but I’m pretty sure you can make the most of it. You’ll enjoy its view. You’ll love looking at the breath-taking view of the city from this area. You can take great photos, and above all, this could inspire you, whether in love, or solely in life. 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Temple of Leah: A Monument of an Undying Love

  1. There are some places(temples in them) which just bring you close to peace. Surely, for the time you held yourself up at that place. Can sense the feeling. Good to see you travel so many places. 😊😊

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