Urdaneta Philippines Temple
Planning and approval phase; awaiting official site announcement; groundbreaking not announced
The Urdaneta Philippines Temple is currently in the planning and approval phase. No groundbreaking date has been announced.
Renderings of the Urdaneta Philippines Temple and site plan have not yet been publicly released.
No site location has been officially announced for the Urdaneta Philippines Temple. The previously selected site, which was once a rice field, proved inadequate due to the moisture content of the soil.
During his opening remarks at the Saturday morning session of the 180th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Thomas S. Monson announced the construction of a temple in Urdaneta City, Philippines.1 Located approximately 100 miles north of Manila on the island of Luzon—the largest and most populated island in the Philippines—the Urdaneta Philippines Temple will help serve the over 100 stakes and districts in the Luzon Island Group currently served by the Manila Philippines Temple.
In June 2011, the Philippines Baguio Mission was relocated to Urdaneta City, which offers a more central and accessible location for the members and missionaries of the mission. Ground was broken in September 2010 for the new mission home and office, which are located next to the recently remodeled and expanded Urdaneta Philippines Stake Center. In June 2013, the Philippines Urdaneta Mission will be created from the Philippines Baguio Mission so that missions will be headquartered in both cities.
1. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints News Release, "Five New Temples Announced," 2 Oct. 2010.