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When in Cebu City – Visit Temple of Leah

My interest in visiting this temple isn’t quite high because I’ve already seen similar temples when i visited Rome, temples which are built out of classical Roman architecture. But my sister convinced me to drop by and it turned out to be a good decision. While we were planning our trip, the first thing we searched about is how to reach the temple and here’s what we discovered and did. We took a shuttle from JY Square Lahug (around 15 minutes from SM Cebu City). We took the service of a tour agency – Go To Tops (visit their FB Page) which provides shuttle services to the temple, Tops, Terrazas de Flores and Sirao Farm.

Details of the trip:

Price: P120 per person

Pickup point: Parking lot of Jollibee besides JY Square

Schedule: 2PM, 3.20PM, 4.40PM 6PM, 7.20PM, 8.40PM and 10PM – it is better to make a reservation but it is not required, just make sure to be at the pickup point before the departure time

***You can get the schedule of the return time from the driver and set the time with him depending on how long you would want to stay

Travel time: Around 20 minutes

FYI: There are other ways to reach the temple but we won’t recommend them like the use of Uber (not recommended – the location is really along an off the beaten path, you won’t be able to get one going back, unless you will ask the driver to stay along and wait for you for an additional price), taxi (not recommended – usually not metered and drivers would ask for a fixed price of around P800 roundtrip), habal-habal -motorcycle for hire (not recommended since you will pass by winding and uphill roads), and private car (not recommended due to limited parking space).

Information about the temple:

Entrance Fees:

  • P50 – per Adult
  • FREE – Senior Citizens
  • FREE – 10 yrs. old below
  • P2,500 – For pre-nup and debut pictorials

Location: Roosevelt St., Brgy. Busay, Cebu Transcentral Highway, Cebu City Cebu, Philippines, 6000

Visiting Hours: Opens daily from 6 a.m. and close at 11 p.m

Parking fee – P100 inside the premises but it’s Free if parked outside. However, only a limited slots is available

For more information about the temple, reviews and gallery – please visit the website.

 

Why you should visit the temple:

The temple is impressive. The grandeur of the temple is not purely external which is common for Roman architecture – the sculptures and the floor design are also impressive. It was mentioned on the website that the temple has a museum, a gallery and a library although they are not yet open when we visited. A large part of the temple is still under construction, nonetheless, it still looks beautiful. My favorite part of the temple is at the left corner hallway which is facing the view of the surrounding mountains and the city.

I’ve rounded below the different areas of the temple so everyone will have an idea how they look like which might be helpful in making the decision of whether it’s worthy of visitor not. I would recommend to allot 1 hour for sightseeing and photo ops.

 

The stairway at the entrance – leading to the monument of Leah. Impressive when viewed from outside with a number of high columns laid flat across a plain and undecorated flat top.

 

 

Hallway at the left side – the columns are fluted with parallel grooves (the Doric order)

 

Hallway at the right side – provides an amazing view of the surrounding mountains and the city

 

The beautiful flooring – the date imprinted is 2012 A.D., the date the Temple was constructed, which serves as symbol of a husband’s undying love for and ceaseless devotion to his wife

 

The monument of Leah – with word carvings below the monument

Beloved Wife and Mother.

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 gentleness.

Signed:
Teodorico Soriano Adarna
Born December 13, 1938

 

 

 

View from the outside – i love the various sculptures of women surrounding the area

 

Elegant gold coated window – this window is overlooking the library which holds Leah’s collection of books



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