Temple of Leah in trouble

THE lawyer of Queensland International Realty and Development Corp. (QIRDC) is seeking the revocation of the business permit of a firm that operates the Temple of Leah, a tourist destination in Cebu City.

A letter signed by QIRDC legal counsel Philip Michael Uy states that the heirs of Leah Adarna have never consented and they will never allow Amabel Siason Adarna, the second wife of the late Teodorico Adarna Jr., to operate the Temple of Leah in Barangay Busay.

Uy said QIRDC is the rightful owner of the Temple of Leah, not the A.S. Adarna’s Tourist and Recreation Park owned by Amabel, who allegedly “operated the Temple of Leah without the expressed consent of the property owner.”


The Temple of Leah was inspired by the ancient Greek and Roman architecture. Teoderico, when he was still alive, built it as a tribute to Leah, his first wife who succumbed to lung cancer in 2012 at 69 years old.

The Temple of Leah opened to the public in 2012 after a year of construction. Teoderico died in November 2018. Actress Ellen Adarna is the granddaughter of Teoderico and Leah.

“Allowing the second wife to operate the Temple of Leah would not only be illogical, it would also be in very bad taste,” read a portion of Uy’s letter.

The letter was addressed to City Attorney Rey Gealon, who endorsed the letter to the Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) after receiving it.

BPLO head Jared Limquiaco said his office issued on Tuesday, March 10, a show cause order to A.S. Adarna’s Tourist and Recreation Park, which currently operates the Temple of Leah.

Limquiaco said A.S. Adarna’s Tourist and Recreation Park has no final permit to run the property and the firm failed to pay its business taxes.

He said Amabel’s firm was given 72 hours to explain why its operations of the Temple of Leah should not be stopped. SunStar Cebu tried to reach out to Amabel’s camp, but to no avail.

If Amabel’s camp fails to reply to the show cause order or if it replies but BPLO finds its answers unsatisfactory, Limquiaco said his office will recommend the closure of Temple of Leah to the City Legal Office (CLO). The final recommendation will be endorsed by the CLO to Mayor Edgardo Labella. (JCT)