The Taoist Temple....
One of the places that we visited while we were in Cebu was the Taoist Temple located in Beverly Hills (no, I'm not kidding), Cebu City.
The temple is dedicated to teachings of Lao-Tse, said to be the first philosopher and one of the founders of Taoism. He authored the Te-Tao Ching (The Way of Taoism), considered by many to be one of Taoism's most sacred texts.
His writings teach the philosophy of the Tao, or the Way, which is reality that naturally exists prior to and gives rise to all other things such as the physical universe and all things in it. Te, which means virtue, is the life energy in things and a sense of morality which constitutes the Way. The Tao can be found by experiencing the oneness in all things - fulfilling life as one with nature and as one with the inner self. The speaking of Lao-Tse's wisdom is what attracts people to follow him and make him the teacher of Taoism. (Reference: The Web Chronology Project)
Visitors are said to climb its 99 step, light joss sticks, and have their fortune read. I wanted to have my fortune read, but I guess I didn't have the guts to know what the future had in store for me.
All in all, the temple was a very pretty sight, quiet and solemn (well, save for my companions' giggling). This atmosphere made it a very conducive place to just sit down...and think...and contemplate.
Here are a few pictures:
Shortly after going through the entrance, I chanced upon this sign. Though at first glance the message seems rather obvious, I've been racking my brain, thinking of what this sign specifically means. Its not like anyone would go out of their way to perform some sort of indiscretion within the premises...this is a temple...and maybe someone should correct the grammar. :-)