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 and 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
GMA Kapuso Features: Temple of Leah Cebu City Philippines
A temple built out of love. Who was Leah and why was this temple built in her memory?
When someone tells you they will build you a castle as a symbol of their undying love, they do not mean it literally. Well, here in Cebu, someone did just that! He just didn’t build a castle for his one true love but he built her a temple – “Temple of Leah”.
If you see the scale and splendor of temple, it’s like the majestic grandeur and simplicity of Roman architecture. It will make you re-think that never ending love still exists – “merong Forever!”
The video featured by GMA Kapuso was taken last year. A large part of it was still under construction but as you can see, it already looked timeless.
Why visit Temple of Leah?
As you step inside the temple, you will feel like you are being transported into a European haven. With its intricate sculptures, wondrous floor design and high pillars, this place will leave your eyes wandering, and give you an urge to snap a million of photographs. What’s more, it offers outstanding overlooking views of the city, which for me is the best part of my visit to this place.
And, there’s a lot more to do in Temple of Leah, besides sightseeing and snapping photos. After all, the temple has a museum, gallery and a library wherein all of Leah Villa Albino-Adarna’s favorite things are stored. Plus, the place has a few tables and chairs where you can nibble on some snacks as well as enjoy a drink, while admiring the incredible scenery.
There are, of course, a few disgruntled visitors in Temple of Leah. As the old saying goes, “you can please everyone”. For the most part, these unhappy people complain about the site’s ongoing construction. Yes, the place may be little dusty and cluttered but still, it is a great site, with tons of gorgeous views and admirable figures. Temple of Leah is a history in the making.
Who is Leah?
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 genteelness.
Teodorico Soriano Adarna
Born December 13, 1938