Temple Site

Standing on a hilltop that overlooks the Marikina Valley, the Manila Philippines Temple anchors a complex of Church buildings including a temple annex, a patron housing facility, a missionary training center, and area offices. The beautiful grounds, open to the public, are filled with majestic palm trees and lush, colorful vegetation.

On April 1, 1981, the LDS Church announced that a temple would be built in the Philippines. The groundbreaking and site dedication for the temple were on August 25, 1982. In January 1981, the LDS Church had purchased land in Quezon City, in the Metro Manila area. The site was partly chosen because of its accessibility to members throughout the temple district.

On September 25, 1984, Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the Manila Philippines Temple. The temple has four ordinance rooms and three sealing rooms and has a total floor area of 26,683 square feet (2,478.9 m2). As of 2018, with approximately 750,000 church members in the Philippines, the temple also serves members in Micronesia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, India, and part of Burma. As of September 2018, in addition to this temple, there is another operating temple in Cebu City, one under construction in Urdaneta, and two others announced - one in Cagayan de Oro and a second in the greater Manila area.


Temple History

The Manila Philippines Temple was the first temple built in the Philippines and the second built in Asia. The street where the Manila Philippines Temple is located was renamed to Temple Drive during the temple's construction.

A typhoon approached Manila the day before the groundbreaking of the Manila Philippines Temple, creating concern that would event would have to be postponed. At a mission conference that evening, a missionary prayed for the weather to cooperate so that the groundbreaking could continue. The typhoon changed direction that night, and the groundbreaking proceeded as planned. The days prior to the dedication of the Manila Philippines Temples saw several natural disasters in the Philippines including two typhoons, the eruption of Mayon volcano on Bicol Peninsula, and an earthquake in northern Luzon. The temple remained unaffected.

Nearly 27,000 toured the interior of the Manila Philippines Temple during its 13-day open house held prior to its dedication. The Manila Philippines Temple was dedicated in nine sessions by President Gordon B. Hinckley, Second Counselor in the First Presidency.

Temple District

he Manila Philippines Temple serves members from 79 stakes and 33 districts headquartered in Luzon, Micronesia, and Guam:

Luzon Island

  1. Agoo Philippines Stake
  2. Aguilar Philippines District
  3. Alaminos Philippines District
  4. Alicia Philippines Stake
  5. Angeles Philippines Stake
  6. Antipolo Philippines Stake
  7. Aparri Philippines District
  8. Bacoor Philippines Stake
  9. Baguio Philippines Stake
  10. Balanga Philippines Stake
  11. Balayan Philippines District
  12. Baler Philippines District
  13. Baliwag Philippines Stake
  14. Ballesteros Philippines Stake
  15. Bambang Philippines District
  16. Bangued Philippines District
  17. Bangui Philippines District
  18. Batac Philippines Stake
  19. Batangas Philippines Stake
  20. Bauang Philippines District
  21. Bayambang Philippines Stake
  22. Bongabon Philippines District
  23. Bulan Philippines District
  24. Burgos Philippines District
  25. Cabanatuan Philippines Stake
  26. Cabuyao Philippines Stake
  27. Calasiao Philippines Stake
  28. Caloocan Philippines Stake
  29. Camarin Philippines Stake
  30. Camiling Philippines District
  31. Candon Philippines Stake
  32. Catanduanes Philippines District
  33. Cauayan Philippines District
  34. Cavite Philippines Stake
  35. Daet Philippines Stake
  36. Dagupan Philippines Stake
  37. Dasmarinas Philippines Stake
  38. Fairview Philippines Stake
  39. Gapan Philippines Stake
  40. Goa Philippines Stake
  41. Gonzaga Philippines District
  42. Guimba Philippines District
  43. Iba Philippines Stake
  44. Ilagan Philippines Stake
  45. Iriga Philippines Stake
  46. Laoag Philippines Stake
  47. Las Piñas Philippines Stake
  48. Legazpi Philippines Stake
  49. Ligao Philippines District
  50. Lingayen Philippines Stake
  51. Lipa Philippines Stake
  52. Lopez Philippines Stake
  53. Lubao Philippines Stake
  54. Lucena Philippines Stake
  55. Mabalacat Philippines Stake
  56. Makati Philippines East Stake
  57. Makati Philippines Stake
  58. Malolos Philippines Stake
  59. Mandaluyong Philippines Stake
  60. Mangaldan Philippines Stake
  61. Manila Philippines Stake
  62. Marikina Philippines Stake
  63. Mindoro Oriental Philippines District
  64. Montalban Philippines Stake
  65. Morong Rizal Philippines Stake
  66. Naga Philippines Stake
  67. Naic Philippines Stake
  68. Narra Philippines District
  69. Novaliches Philippines Stake
  70. Olongapo Philippines Stake
  71. Orion Philippines Stake
  72. Pamplona Philippines District
  73. Paniqui Philippines Stake
  74. Paranaque Philippines Stake
  75. Pasay Philippines Stake
  76. Pasig Philippines Stake
  77. Puerto Princesa Philippines Stake
  78. Quezon City Philippines South Stake
  79. Quezon City Philippines Stake
  80. Quezon Philippines Palawan District
  81. Rosales Philippines Stake
  82. Roxas Philippines Isabela District
  83. San Antonio Philippines Stake
  84. San Fernando La Union Philippines Stake
  85. San Gabriel Philippines Stake
  86. San Jose del Monte Philippines North Stake
  87. San Jose del Monte Philippines Stake
  88. San Jose Mindoro Philippines Occidental District
  89. San Jose Nueva Ecija Philippines Stake
  90. San Pablo Philippines Stake
  91. Santa Cruz Laguna Philippines Stake
  92. Santa Cruz Marinduque Philippines District
  93. Santa Cruz Zambales Philippines District
  94. Santa Ignacia Philippines Stake
  95. Santiago Philippines North Stake
  96. Santiago Philippines Stake
  97. Siniloan Philippines District
  98. Solano Philippines District
  99. Sorsogon Philippines District
  100. Tabaco Philippines District
  101. Taguig Philippines Stake
  102. Tarlac Philippines Stake
  103. Taytay Philippines Stake
  104. Tuguegarao Philippines North Stake
  105. Tuguegarao Philippines South Stake
  106. Urdaneta Philippines Stake
  107. Valenzuela Philippines Stake
  108. Vigan Philippines District

Micronesia

  1. Kosrae Micronesia District
  2. Namoneas Chuuk District
  3. Panasang Pohnpei Stake

Guam

  1. Barrigada Guam Stake


Temple Presidents

Notable presidents of the Manila Philippines Temple include:

  1. Victorino A. Babida 2019–
  2. Carlos C. Revillo Sr. 2017–2019
  3. Modesto M. Amistad 2014–2017
  4. Reynaldo L. Cuyong 2011–2014
  5. Moises M. Mabunga Jr. 2009–2011
  6. Earl M. Monson 2006–2009
  7. Ray W. Nelson 2003–2006
  8. Robert J. Tingey 2000–2003
  9. Augusto A. Lim 1996–2000 (who served as the first general authority called from the Philippines)
  10. Myron L. Francom 1993–1996
  11. F. Briton McConkie 1990–1993
  12. Floyd H. Hogan 1987–1990
  13. W. Garth Andrus 1984–1987


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Manila Philippines Temple

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The Manila Philippines Temple is the 29th operating temple of the Church and is the first temple built in the Philippines (1984). Standing on a hilltop that overlooks the Marikina Valley, the Manila Philippines Temple anchors a complex of Church buildings including a temple annex, a patron housing facility, a missionary training center, and area offices. The beautiful grounds, open to the public, are filled with majestic palm trees and lush, colorful vegetation.

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