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The Urdaneta Philippines Temple: a Temple for Northern Luzon

As a gateway to the northern Philippines, the City of Urdaneta sits at the junction of several major highways in the province of Pangasinan, home to nearly 3 million residents. The Urdaneta Philippines Temple stands directly on one of those highways, providing good access to Church members living in Northern Luzon. The concrete forms around the upper walls of the temple have been removed, but the crew continues to pour the exterior walls for the accommodation center.

Urdaneta Philippines Temple Roof Deck

With the main exterior walls of the Urdaneta Philippines Temple reaching their final height, crew members are laying down a solid roof deck and setting rebar for the tiered tower and raised center walls that will stretch from the front of the temple to the rear. A pitched structure will sit on the end of the building to accommodate a ceiling vault over the Celestial Room chandelier.

Celebrating Safety at the Urdaneta Philippines Temple

On August 8, 2020, the construction team at the Urdaneta Philippines Temple celebrated 1,000,000 accident-free man-hours. A representative from the Department of Labor and Employment attended the event and expressed his gratitude to everyone for maintaining high standards of health and safety at the construction site. The temple and accommodation center have been under construction for the past year and a half. In that time, the concrete body of the two-story temple has been built.

Construction Moving Forward on the Urdaneta Philippines Temple

On June 16, 2020, quarantine restrictions for the province of Pangasinan—where the Urdaneta Philippines Temple is located—were eased from General Community Quarantine (GCQ) to Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ), allowing all public and private construction projects to proceed under proper social distancing and safety guidelines. Crews have been back at work continuing with the structural framing for the temple and adjacent housing facility.

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.