The day after Valentine’s Day, my friends and I were to supposed to trek on a hiking adventure but I guess the thought of it made us lethargic to even pursue it. Our trip that day took us to the Temple of Leah instead, the newest attraction here in Cebu located up in the highlands of Brgy. Busay, Cebu City. This temple marvels with a Roman architecture design that definitely depicts the intricate carvings of the ones in Rome. This place, incorporated with Roman columns, lion statues, and an aerial view of the city below, was dedicated by Teodorico Adarna to his late wife, Leah Villa Albino-Adarna as a sign of his undying love, hence the name of the place. Her statue was erected at the heart of this temple, where the symbol of the love of her husband, children, and grandchildren stands firm.
The only downside upon visiting here is that it is still under construction and is expected for completion in the middle of 2015. There are photoshoots conducted in this area already regardless of the incomplete structures, though, and there’s no entrance fee (as for now, but I doubt that this will be the case once they’re done with the finishing touches).
Aside from the structural design, the Temple of Leah is located almost at the very top of Busay, where the location offers a panoramic view of the vast city down below. I swear my heart took a leap when we went to shoot at the rooftop and the only thing occupying my mind was how I’d like to swim across the clouds.
There’s nothing you can really do much here but take pictures since the museum and art galleries are not open yet, and so we took the chance to parade our faces in front of the camera. It was a whole morning full of laughing and shooting. In a year’s time we’d definitely go back here after everything has been cleaned up and the construction has finished.
These shots were created purely out of fun and for our photographer’s skill enhancement in photography. I’d say the photos turned out really well since it simply captures the beauty of this place, which definitely stands unique here in the city. All credit goes to Renz Gaquit!
How to Get to Temple of Leah
To get to the Temple of Leah, you initially start at JY Square in Lahug, Cebu, then if you don’t have your own car, you can ride a motorcycle (trust me, the reason why we opted not to continue our hike was because the long journey up will just cost us more energy). We paid a fare of around P60.00 each, then on our way down we walked for a few kilometers then hailed a passing jeepney because our feet couldn’t take a step any further. Haha.
So, what do you think of this place? It was worth visiting for me! I’m pretty sure this will attract more Cebuanos and foreigners alike once the word (and pictures!) gets out, as this one definitely left me in awe. 🙂