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by shennamariz-

There is so much to do in Cebu CIty. It could take weeks for you to get around and see beautiful places yourself, but this time my friends and I squeezed our time and decided “Cebu in a day” trip.

Most of my posts here are the ones that are known to many, but this has been my first time. We had so much fun and adventure in our one day trip to Cebu – Busay specifically. We actually stayed for two days, but the other day, we had “staycation” just to have that extra time to chill with friends.

Note: Budget will be included in our activities here


First off, since we haven’t visited this famous spot in Cebu, we went directly to Tops Busay, Cebu. From Avenir Condominium, where we stayed at, we rode a taxi going to JY Square Mall in Lahug. No, we didn’t go there for shopping lol. We went there to pick a “habal-habal” ride going to Tops, Temple of Leah and Lantaw Native Restaurant. These places are just a small distance away from each other but uphill.

It is, of course, better to take a motorcycle ride but private vehicles are welcome.

I swear the drivers were really welcoming and friendly. They will share whatever knowledge they have about the place and the people in the area. As we went up, the whole place was just breathtaking, it’s like getting out from the city was just the best decision. 😀

The weather was sunny and humid but still a lovely experience!


It was Saturday when we visited this place and about 2:00 in the afternoon and good thing that there weren’t many people in the area. We had some spots to ourselves. 🙂 Believe me, it was too hot but then again, worth the Php100.00 entrance fee because of the view of the city.

There are food stalls but we didn’t stop by because we chose to head over to Lantaw Native Restaurant for lunch and it was like about 2:30 in the afternoon. Lantaw is just a few minutes ride from Tops too!


Next stop is Temple of Leah – just a few minutes ride from Lantaw Native Restaurant. A lot of people flocked during the time we went there because it was a weekend.

If you enjoy a lot of people around, then go on weekends but we wanted to have the place just a little bit less crowded so may be better to go during weekdays next time. I swear every corner there were people taking photos and chilling on tables around.

Entrance fee is Php100.00 🙂


Lovely architecture


The view of the city is spectacular from Temple of Leah, but there’s nothing extraordinary when you come here. I guess people flock because it is unusual to visit this Greek-methodology inspired architectural design. Also, this place was built as a tribute to love. Owned by Mr. Teodorico Adarna.

Note that if you don’t have a good camera to take photos inside, photographers are waiting for you to book their service. A little pricey though, about Php1500-2000.00

This is me trying to look so formal haha



There you go, guys – just two of the most famous tourist spot in Cebu in a day. We had more of our time in Lantaw Restaurant and enjoyed it well. Meals are affordable and the view, as usual, is the bomb.


  • Taxi ride back and forth – Prepare Php200.
  • Entrance Fee Tops – Php100.00
  • Entrance Fee Temple of Leah – Php100.00
  • Lantaw Native Restaurant/person – Php230-400.00
  • Habal – Habal Transportation – Php400.00 back and forth from JY to Tops and back (include waiting time).
    • Yes, they wait for you but an extra Php50.00 per hour per motorcycle. Convenient 🙂

If you have any questions or ideas to share, let me know in the comment section below 🙂


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  1. Brandy

    What a gorgeous place. <3 I loved your photos.

    10 . Dec . 2017
  2. Don

    Hi. My wife Leah and I are going to the Temple of Leah in two weeks, But we would like to have some idea of the hours the transit bus that leaves from SSY Center runs. The night photos were so pretty that we changed our plans and are going in the late afternoon early evening. We do not want to get stuck there if we stay past the transit bus’s last run.

    Thank you

    Don and Leah Bernardino

    07 . Nov . 2017
    • shennamariz

      Hi Don,

      I’ve never actually been traveling from SSY Center going to temple of leah so I don’t have any idea of the hours they operate but what I know is that motorcycles from JY square mall Lahug going up is until the evening. You can agree on how much to pay because they are willing to wait. You can also ride a taxi roundtrip that will usually be at Php800.00.

      Hope this helps in a way

      07 . Nov . 2017
  3. Susie Ray

    Looks like such a beautiful spot! I love the architecture too <3 so beautiful! Hope you are well 🙂

    26 . Sep . 2017
  4. Xeph Hipolito

    I have never been to Temple of Leah – and Cebu, for that matter – but I think there were a lot of changes in the place. I usually saw it on lots of blogs before but it is not crowded yet. I guess, it gained its publicity because of its beauty. Btw, love your outfit! 🙂

    10 . Sep . 2017
  5. Bia

    I’ve never been to Tops yet. However I’ve already been to Temple of Leah a couple of times already because whenever my friends visit Cebu they really include Temple of Leah in their itinerary. Well, same thoughts nothing really extraordinary. Haha!

    Bia S.

    20 . Aug . 2017
    • shennamariz

      True except for the unusual architecture 🙂

      20 . Aug . 2017
  6. Lyka

    The photos are beautiful. Cebu truly holds historical wonders. I hope I get to travel there in the near future. 🙂

    Lyka Chiang

    17 . Aug . 2017
  7. Valerie

    I love these beautiful photos! You captured this amazing place so wonderfully!

    16 . Aug . 2017
  8. Bea

    I went in Tops and Temple of Leah din but it was raining huhuh. Sobrang ganda pag maaraw! 🙂 Love your skirt btw!

    15 . Aug . 2017
    • shennamariz

      Ang malas naman ng ulan haha. Ganda talaga if sunny or kahit di maaraw basta huwag lang umulan. Thank you Bea!

      16 . Aug . 2017
  9. Leta

    Well, now Cebu is definitely on my travel list. Oh, if only I was a millionaire, haha 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    14 . Aug . 2017
  10. Eena

    Is Temple of Leah a new site in Cebu? I lived there for 15 years (born and raised actually) but I don’t remember this temple at all? I have heard of Tops, and crazy enough, I’ve never been there, ahah

    cabin twenty-four

    14 . Aug . 2017
    • shennamariz

      Hi Eena! Temple of Leah has been around for years haha. Maybe it was yet under construction, just minutes away from Tops. Everyone seems to love the place so I kind of figured to see it myself, haha it didn’t disappoint me though. You and Chris should visit here when you come to the Philippines – I’m sure you’ll both love the place!

      14 . Aug . 2017
  11. Nancy

    You had an amazing view up from Temple Leah! It’s great that you had a great experience getting up there. With the entrance fee, you got to take a lot of neat pictures! Haha, with how much photographers charge, you’re better off taking a friend or getting a tripod!

    13 . Aug . 2017
    • shennamariz

      haha yes! I also thought that they charge so much with the photos. If you have DSLR or just a phone, it will do you great and you can save more. Glad we did bring ours, or even if we didn’t, we’ll use our phones still 🙂

      14 . Aug . 2017
  12. Mica

    Oh wow, that view over the city is amazing! I’ve never been to Cebu but it’s beautiful and you managed to fit a lot of lovely sights into your day 🙂

    Hope you are having a lovely weekend 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    13 . Aug . 2017
    • shennamariz

      Thank you Mica! With the help of my friends, I got some of these pictures 🙂 I could say the same to you too 🙂

      14 . Aug . 2017
  13. Richel V.

    I still haven’t been to Cebu. I suck at booking discounted local plane tickets. I’m a sucker for everything Greek so I love your photos of Temple of Leah. My favorite photo has got to be the one labelled Lovely Architecture!

    13 . Aug . 2017
    • shennamariz

      Lucky shot na yan Rach kasi super maraming tao dyan haha. Thank you! 🙂

      14 . Aug . 2017
  14. Miera

    I’ve been wanting to visit Temple of Leah for quite some time now. Hopefully when I get to visit Cebu again 🙂

    13 . Aug . 2017
    • shennamariz

      Make sure you plan it during the weekdays though, can get really crowded on Saturdays and Sundays 🙂

      13 . Aug . 2017
  15. Britney

    This looks like an interesting place. I’ve never heard of it before. Thanks for sharing.

    12 . Aug . 2017
  16. Violette

    Wow! It’s beautiful! Hope you enjoyed!

    12 . Aug . 2017
  17. Kyle Studstill

    I did not know about Cebu City (my grandfather was born in the Philippines and I’ve been thinking about visiting)! Love the temple architecture shots 🔮🙏

    12 . Aug . 2017
    • shennamariz

      Thank you, Kyle! Those shots are lucky though haha, yours are absolutely professional looking. I wish I could produce more of those kinds of shots. You should really visit here someday – there’s a lot to discover!

      12 . Aug . 2017
  18. Tienne

    I was in Cebu just last year, still looks just as stunning! Lovely photos there <3

    Tienne –

    12 . Aug . 2017
    • shennamariz

      Thank you Tienne! It still is lovely here, too much humidity though haha

      12 . Aug . 2017

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