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Temple of Leah
A grand majestic tribute of love, the picturesque 'Temple of Leah' in Busay, Cebu.As for Teodorico Adarna, owner of Temple of Leah and grandfather of Filipino actress Ellen Adarna, this huge edifice of Roman Architecture design is his way of showing how strong his love and his ceaseless devotion to his wife, Leah. Yes, this is a temple of love from an inspired imagination. 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 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 can come and trace their roots and heritage, Explains a brass plaque plastered on the wall beside Leah’s statue.Tucked in Cebu City’s highland barangay of Busay, construction of Temple of Leah started in 2012 and expected to be finished by 2020.The temple is reportedly made up of 24 chambers that house an art gallery, museum, library and bar, among others, and adorned with life-sized statues of Roman gladiators, lions and angels all over.At the top, there’s a spectacular view of the city and more exceptional scenery as you walk through the temple.In this Greek methodology-inspired 7-story mansion, there are gigantic lions lying on each side of the stairs that will guide you to the door step of another jaw-dropping view.You can see a grand staircase with angels made up of brass and the Queen of the Temple in a 10-ft statue with crown and flowerA wide stone steps give everyone a free access to the portico and towards the lobby where a brass 10-foot statue of Leah is erected.The commemorative plaque on the base of the statue reads: “Beloved Wife and Mother: Leah V. Albino-Adarna was chosen Matron Queen of her Alma Mater the University of Southern Philippines.This bronze statue portrays her composure and regal bearing when she was crowned.May the beholder discern her innate beauty, poise and gentleness.”
Norly Hontarciego