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Davao Philippines Temple

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Columns of Rebar Still Stand for the Davao Philippines Temple

The columns of reinforcing steel bar for the upper walls of the Davao Philippines Temple still stand tall over the blue construction barrier. It is the first temple to be constructed on the island of Mindanao—the second-largest island in the Philippines and the seventh-most populous island in the world. Though not much appears to have changed with the temple over the past few months, a building permit for the ancillary building was issued in April.

Structural Work Continues for the Davao Philippines Temple

Crews at the Davao Philippines Temple site continue to build the structural concrete walls for the temple, meetinghouse, and ancillary building that form the complex. The accompanying photograph is taken outside the front gate where the steel bar for the temple is visible. The two-story structure will be approximately 18,450 square feet.

Building the Ancillary Structures at the Davao Philippines Temple Site

A peek over the southwest corner of the construction barrier surrounding the Davao Philippines Temple property shows a recently cured floor slab for one of the ancillary structures that is being built on site. A meetinghouse and a housing facility for patrons and the temple presidency will be part of the temple complex. Walls are rising for the temple, which will stand on the east end.

Setting Reinforcing Steel for the Davao Philippines Temple

It has been just over a year since ground was broken for the Davao Philippines Temple, and signs of the superstructure are now becoming visible over the construction barrier. Columns of steel bars that will reinforce the concrete exterior walls of the temple are being set. The structural concrete package was awarded several months ago, and concrete work has been underway for many weeks.

Preparing for Concrete Work at the Davao Philippines Temple Site

The structural concrete package for the Davao Philippines Temple and guardhouse has been awarded. Work over the past several months has prepared the site for this phase of construction, which has included demolition of the former meetinghouse and grading of the property. The temple in Davao will be one of two temples slated for construction on the island of Mindanao—the other being the Cagayan de Oro Philippines Temple.

Construction Activity at the Davao Philippines Temple Site

A brief video taken through the entrance gate to the Davao Philippines Temple site shows the beginning stages of construction underway. Workers are seen walking across the grounds where a small cement mixer and heavy machinery are among the visible equipment. The land will be cleared and rough graded before construction of the temple, meetinghouse, and housing facilities begins.

Groundbreaking Held for the Davao Philippines Temple

"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.

Construction to Begin on the Davao Philippines Temple

In November 2020, the groundbreaking will take place for the Davao Philippines Temple. Elder Taniela B. Wakolo, president of the Philippines Area, will preside. The two-story, 18,450-square-foot temple will be constructed on the 2.7-acre site of an existing meetinghouse at the corner of Ma-a Road and Anahaw Road in Barangay Ma-a. A new meetinghouse and a housing facility for patrons and the temple presidency will also be constructed. During a visit to Manila in January 2020, Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said: "We want you to have the blessing of going to the temple. And if you do that you are preparing yourself to be gathered together with a loving father in heaven, and our Savior Jesus Christ."

Location Announced for the Davao Philippines Temple

The location of the Davao Philippines Temple has been announced as the 2.7-acre 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. The two-story temple will be approximately 18,450 square feet. No groundbreaking date has been announced yet.