Behind Cebu’s Temple of Leah is a story of a loving husband’s fulfilled promise

Temple of Leah in Cebu City has been attracting local and foreign tourists because of its Roman-inspired architecture located up in the mountains of Busay. But what is dubbed by some as “Cebu’s Taj Mahal” was build to fulfill a husband’s promise to his wife on her deathbed.
Teodoro Soriano Adarna had it erected to serve as a repository of his spouse’s treasured collections of antiques, books, Chinese jars, and various other art objects. According to their daughter, Arlene Adarna Mangubat that her mother, Leah Albino-Adarna was a hoarder.
“She never threw anything away, even plastic Jolibee spoons,” Mangubat wrote on her social media account.
Mrs. Albino-Adarna was very concerned about her collections and what would happen to them when she was diagnosed with cancer. Before she passed away, her husband committed to build a place that will become a home of all her things. Hence, the construction of the Temple of Leah.
Now, the majestic seven-story structure sitting on a more-than-one-hectare property on top of the mountain is one of the most famous attractions in Cebu.

Source:
https://news.abs-cbn.com/ancx/culture/spotlight/05/02/21/behind-cebus-temple-of-leah-is-a-hoarders-story-and-a-husbands-promise
https://www.zenrooms.com/blog/post/temple-of-leah/

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