It’s been a year since it was featured in a TV documentary program. Yes, we’re talking about the Temple of Leah in Busay, Cebu City. It was under construction then. But due to the massive structure and expenses that goes with it — it is under construction until now. And not surprisingly, even the workers have no idea on when the Temple would really be completed..
And so, what used to be a ‘free’ entrance to the Temple, visitors are now being charged P50 per head. That’s understandable though a little stiff for many especially since the Temple is not yet finished. The good thing though is that the Temple has shuttle services.
To get to the Temple of Leah: It would take around 12 minutes by motorbike from JY Square to the Temple of Leah with a fare of P75 per head. However, the Temple has offered shuttle services for only P15 per head, that is from Cebu I.T. Park (near Jollibee | SkyRise) to the Temple of Leah and vice versa.
Now, the Temple of Leah has truly become a tourist attraction since it has adopted a Roman architectural design. And the Temple which is also residential in purpose was actually constructed — as a symbol of love by Teodorico Adarna to his wife, Leah — back in 2012.
Though the Temple is still a work in progress, the vast grounds make you feel that you are really in a ‘temple’. So, it’s good that there are chairs, but it would be nicer if there was a cafe — don’t you think so? How about on top of the arch? Hah! Nah, even outside would do.
What’s a Temple without a fountain? Well, it sits on about 5,000 sqm of land with 7 floors, eventually 24 chambers, over 60 pillars and a 9-foot bronze statue of Leah in the midst of the grand staircase.
But with the constant influx of people, the inside of the Temple is in fact starting to deteriorate. And it hasn’t even been completed?! But I’m sure they’re aware of it though and would ‘refreshen’ in time..
And so to augment its construction, an entrance fee was impressed. Hey, it’s the pride of Cebu and the country as a whole — so, support!
While it’s open the whole day, the best time to visit would be 4pm.