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Cebu City Philippines Temple Facts

Location: Gorordo Avenue, Lahug, Cebu City, Philippines

Plans announced: 18 April 2006

Groundbreaking: 14 November 2007

Public open house: 21 May through 5 June 2010, excluding Sundays

Cultural celebration: Saturday, 12 June 2010, Cebu Coliseum

Dedication: Sunday, 13 June 2010, three sessions

Property size: 11.6 acres or 4.7 hectares

Building size: 29,556 square feet

Building height: Vertical height above ground is 140 feet, crowned with a gilded statue of the angel Moroni (pronounced mo-RONE-eye) – an ancient American prophet from the Book of Mormon (a book of Latter-day Saint scripture)    

Exterior features:

Exterior stone: Mountain grey granite from China.

Art glass: Juergen Dzierzon, Art Glass Studios, Salt Lake City

Interior features:

Pearl Motif:  Several native flowers are used in the decorative painting. Perhaps the most widely used motif is the pearl, harvested throughout the Philippines and prized as an export; also reflective of scriptural references to pearls and their symbolic value.

Color Scheme:  The color scheme, shades of turquoise and aqua blue as well as a range of greens and highlights of gold and soft rose, was selected to mirror the colors of nature in the Philippine archipelago.

Interior stone: Primary flooring, Fairfax granite from a quarry in Chow Xiamen, China; contrast stone is Verde Yellow from Massa, Italy.  The polished white marble used in the bride’s room, sealing rooms and celestial room is Condor White from Achilles, Greece.

Woods:  Majority of interior wood, including doors, is beautifully grained African sapele mahogany.

Furniture:  Most furnishings were manufactured locally of Philippine mahogany and reflect cultural ties to Spain and Asia.

Chandeliers: Schonbek with Swarovski crystal from Austria.

Murals: Instruction room, giclee print by Linda Curley Christensen, original in Apia, Samoa; two large originals by Philippine artist Adler Llagas.

Other buildings in the temple complex: Chapel/meetinghouse – 16,900 sq.ft. Temple patron housing/family history center – 39,479 sq.ft. Temple president’s home – 1,600 sq.ft. Mission president’s home – 3,600 sq.ft.      

Architects: Architectural Nexus, Salt Lake City, Utah. Recio & Casa Architects, Makati City, Philippines

Contractor: DDT Konstract, Inc., Philippines

When dedicated, this temple will be the 133rd operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints worldwide and the second in the Philippines. The Cebu City Philippines Temple will serve approximately 200,000 Latter-day Saints from congregations throughout the Visayas and Mindanao.

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