Davao Philippines Temple
Site clearing and grading underway; estimated to be completed in late 2023
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Announcement:7 October 2018
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication:14 November 2020 by Taniela B. Wakolo
Architectural Features:Single attached end tower
Total Floor Area:18,450 square feet
"It never ceases to amaze me how the hand of the Lord has been over this nation. How He has prepared its people and its land to receive the gospel and the blessings of the temples of the Lord," said Elder Taniela B. Wakolo, president of the Philippines Area, at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Davao Philippines Temple on November 14, 2020. He was joined by his wife, Anita, Elder Yoon Hwan Choi and Elder Steven R. Bangerter of the area presidency, and invited local interfaith leaders. The two-story, 18,450-square-foot temple will be constructed on a 2.7-acre site at Ma-a Road and Anahaw Road along with a meetinghouse and housing for patrons and the temple presidency. "My prayer is that we visit the temple as often as we can. Let us experience heaven here on earth through the temple. Heaven becomes closer when we go to the temple," said Elder Wakolo.1
The two-story Davao Philippines Temple will be approximately 18,450 square feet with single attached end tower.
On September 8, 2020, an official exterior rendering of the Davao Philippines Temple was released.
On September 8, 2020, the location of the Davao Philippines Temple was announced. The temple will be constructed on the site of an existing meetinghouse at the intersection of Ma-a Road and Anahaw Road in Barangay Ma-a. The meetinghouse will be demolished and replaced with the temple, a meetinghouse, and housing for patrons and the temple presidency.2
On October 7, 2018, President Russell M. Nelson announced plans for the construction of a temple in Davao City, Philippines at the 188th Semiannual General Conference. The Davao Philippines Temple brings the total number of Filipino temples to six. The Manila Philippines Temple was dedicated in 1984 and the Cebu City Philippines Temple in 2010. Temples announced for the country include the Urdaneta Philippines Temple, a second Manila temple in Alabang, Cagayan de Oro Philippines Temples, and now the Davao Philippines Temple. There is a strong Church presence in the Philippines where there are over 780,000 members of the Church.3
The Davao Philippines Temple will be the sixth temple built in the Philippines and the second built in Mindanao, following the Cagayan de Oro Philippines Temple (announced).
- "Ground Broken for Davao Philippines Temple," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 14 Nov. 2020.
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "Davao Philippines Temple Rendering Released," 8 Sept. 2020.
- "Twelve Temples Announced as October 2018 General Conference Closes," The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, 7 Oct. 2018.