Manila Philippines Temple
29th operating temple
Physical Address13 Temple Drive
1110 Quezon City, National Capital Region
Mailing AddressPouch, Philippines
P.O. Box 30150
Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0150
Telephone: (63) 2-635-0954
Fax: (63) 2-635-0958
Text: (63) 927-397-4353
Distribution Services: (63) 2-634-7421
Announcement: 1 April 1981
Groundbreaking and Site Dedication: 25 August 1982 by Gordon B. Hinckley
Public Open House: 3–15 September 1984
Dedication: 25–27 September 1984 by Gordon B. Hinckley
Site: 3.5 acres.
Exterior Finish: Ceramic tile.
Ordinance Rooms: Four ordinance rooms (stationary) and three sealing.
Total Floor Area: 26,683 square feet.
Standing on a hilltop that overlooks the Marikina Valley, the Manila Philippines Temple anchors a complex of Church buildings including a temple annex, a patron housing facility, a missionary training center, and area offices. The beautiful grounds, open to the public, are filled with majestic palm trees and lush, colorful vegetation.
The Manila Philippines Temple was the first temple built in the Philippines and the second built in Asia.
The street where the Manila Philippines Temple is located was renamed to Temple Drive during the temple's construction.
A typhoon approached Manila the day before the groundbreaking of the Manila Philippines Temple, creating concern that would event would have to be postponed. At a mission conference that evening, a missionary prayed for the weather to cooperate so that the groundbreaking could continue. The typhoon changed direction that night, and the groundbreaking proceeded as planned.
Nearly 27,000 toured the interior of the Manila Philippines Temple during its 13-day open house held prior to its dedication.
The days prior to the dedication of the Manila Philippines Temples saw several natural disasters in the Philippines including two typhoons, the eruption of Mayon volcano on Bicol Peninsula, and an earthquake in northern Luzon. The temple remained unaffected.
The Manila Philippines Temple was dedicated in nine sessions by President Gordon B. Hinckley, Second Counselor in the First Presidency.
On Sunday, December 3, 1989, the grounds of the Manila Philippines Temple were overtaken as the last rebel stronghold in an attempted military coup to overthrow the government. A planned attack by royal troops that evening was miraculously called off. Nevertheless, prior conflict had left the patron housing facility extensively damaged, the temple annex with minor damage, and the temple proper unentered and unharmed except for a single bullet hole at the top of the highest spire. Six mortar or rocket shells had exploded on the grounds, some even passing between the spires.