Construction of Urdaneta Philippines Temple Paused
Construction activity at the Urdaneta Philippines Temple has been stalled for over two months since the Philippine government imposed an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) on the island of Luzon on March 16, 2020, in response to COVID-19. On May 16, Urdaneta City was downgraded to a general community quarantine (GCQ), which allows only essential public and private construction projects to operate. The upper walls of the temple can be seen over the construction barrier that surrounds the site.
Site Plan Rendering for the Urdaneta Philippines Temple
A site plan rendering has been attached to the construction barrier surrounding the site of the Urdaneta Philippines Temple. The rendering shows the temple, accommodation center, and maintenance building from an aerial perspective. Work continues on pouring the exterior walls for the temple. It will be the third temple built in the Philippines with four more announced for Alabang, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, and Davao.
Celebration of Safety at the Urdaneta Philippines Temple
The construction team building the Urdaneta Philippines Temple recently hosted a family day to celebrate 500,000 accident-free man-hours on the job. Missionaries from the Urdaneta Zone of the Philippines Urdaneta Mission joined the 1,200 people fed that day, sharing pamphlets and information on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Urdaneta Philippines Temple Exterior Walls Rising
Large bundles of reinforcing bar attached to the rising structure of the Urdaneta Philippines Temple are clearly visible over the construction barrier that surrounds the Church-owned property located south of the city on MacArthur Highway. A row of leafy green trees stand at attention behind the temple, forming a natural barrier and wooded backdrop to the construction site.
Rebar Going Up at the Urdaneta Philippines Temple
Contractors at the Urdaneta Philippines Temple construction site are setting rebar atop the concrete footings and foundation for the temple as work gets underway on the structural support and exterior walls for the building. The same work is progressing on the three-story accommodation center and maintenance building, located on the north end of the property.
Footings Poured for the Urdaneta Philippines Temple
A satellite photograph taken last month of the Urdaneta Philippines Temple site shows the footings for the temple and two supporting facilities, which appear to be an accommodation center and maintenance building. The property is surrounded by a stand of beautiful trees that have been preserved.
Powering Up the Urdaneta Philippines Temple Site
Contractors are digging trenches and laying electrical lines to bring power to an electrical substation that will be installed at the Urdaneta Philippines Temple site. Ground was formally broken for the temple on January 16, 2019, by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
Elder Holland Breaks Ground for the Urdaneta Philippines Temple
Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presided on January 16 over the groundbreaking ceremony for the Urdaneta Philippines Temple. He noted the spiritual feeling he had when he first visited the property seven years earlier as a candidate site for the temple. It will be the third temple constructed in the Philippines with three more in the planning stages.
Preparing for the Urdaneta Philippines Temple Groundbreaking
Members of the groundbreaking committee for the Urdaneta Philippines Temple are holding meetings and coordinating logistics for the historic services that will be held in less than three weeks on January 16, 2019, with Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. The temple will be the third constructed in the Philippines.
Official Rendering Released for Urdaneta Philippines Temple
In a news release from Church headquarters, the official rendering for the Urdaneta Philippines Temple was published. It was also announced that Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will preside at the groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, January 16, 2019.
Urdaneta Philippines Temple Groundbreaking Committee Set Apart
Elder Evan A. Schmutz of the presidency of the Philippines Area set apart the members of the groundbreaking committee for the Urdaneta Philippines Temple today. The committee members will arrange the logistics for carrying out the ceremony planned for Wednesday, January 16, 2019.
Construction Barrier Up at the Urdaneta Philippines Temple
The general contractor that will be constructing the Urdaneta Philippines Temple has erected a construction barrier around the property as site work continues. The marshy land poses an added challenge to creating a firm foundation for the building. No formal groundbreaking has been announced.