Alabang Philippines Temple
Preparing for groundbreaking ceremony
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Announcement:2 April 2017
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:2 May 2020 by D. Todd Christofferson
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles will preside at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Alabang Philippines Temple on Saturday, May 2, 2020. Attendance at the temple site will be by invitation only. However, the service will be broadcast to stake centers within the temple district. Alabang is a barangay (or district) of Muntinlupa—a city located on the south side of Metro Manila. President Thomas S. Monson announced this temple for the greater Manila, Philippines, area. An artistic rendering of the building has not yet been released.1
The official rendering of the Alabang Philippines Temple was released to the public on February 12, 2020.
A couple of days after the announcement was made of a temple to be constructed in the greater Manila area, the official Church Newsroom Facebook page for the Philippines stated that the temple would be constructed on the southern side of the Manila metropolitan area in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
On April 2, 2017, during the Sunday Morning Session of the 187th Annual General Conference, President Thomas S. Monson announced that a second temple would be constructed in the greater Manila, Philippines, area—the fourth temple to be built in the country. The country's first temple, the Manila Philippines Temple, was dedicated in 1984. A second temple was dedicated in 2010 as the Cebu City Philippines Temple. And a third temple, the Urdaneta Philippines Temple, is in the planning stages for construction. There are nearly 750,000 Latter-day Saints in the Philippines.2
High weekend attendance at the Manila Philippines Temple, which serves over 100 stakes and districts, has created long waits for patrons wishing to participate in ordinance work. The Alabang Philippines Temple will better accommodate temple-attending Saints and provide a closer option for those living on the south side of Metro Manila.
The Alabang Philippines Temple will be the fourth temple built in the Philippines.
The Alabang Philippines Temple will be the second temple built outside of the United States in the same metropolitan area as another operating temple.
The Alabang Philippines Temple was announced in the 33rd anniversary year of the Manila Philippines Temple.
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Groundbreaking Dates Announced for Temples in Virginia, the Philippines and Utah," 23 Jan. 2020
- "President Monson Announces Five New Temples," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 2 Apr. 2017.