Church Releases Video of Alabang Philippines Temple Small-scale Groundbreaking

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Philippines released the full groundbreaking ceremony for the Alabang Philippines Temple. The video was made following the strict health quarantine measures which prohibit large gatherings in Metro Manila due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Related: Washington D.C. Temple open house, dedication dates postponed

The ceremony was originally scheduled on May 2, 2020, and was supposedly presided by Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles but due to the local restrictions imposed by the Philippine government, the Philippine Area presidency was asked to preside instead.

The service was held a few days after the quarantine restrictions in Metro Manila were eased, allowing religious gatherings to a limited number of people.

Once finished, the temple will be a two-story building with a tall, tapering spire over the main entrance. The Church also plans for the construction of a patron housing facility behind the temple. It will be the fourth temple in the Philippines and the second temple built outside of the United States in the same metropolitan area as another operating temple. The temple will serve more than 750,000 latter-day saints in the country.

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