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Groundbreaking Date Set for the Bacolod Philippines Temple

Artist's rendering and site location also announced

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced that the Bacolod Philippines Temple groundbreaking will be held on Saturday, December 11, 2021.

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Elder Taniela B. Wakolo of the Seventy will preside at the event. Attendance at the site will be by invitation only.

The Bacolod Philippines Temple was announced in October 2019 by Church President Russell M. Nelson. The single-story temple of approximately 26,700 square feet will be built on a 12.3-acre site located on the Bacolod Airport Access Road, North of Buri Road. There will also be an ancillary building of approximately 18,000 square feet that will include patron housing, an arrival center and a distribution center.

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The Philippines is home to more than 805,000 Latter-day Saints in approximately 1,200 congregations. There are two operating temples in the Philippines and six others announced or under construction. The first temple, in Manila, was dedicated in 1984, and the temple in Cebu City was dedicated in 2010. The other temples are Alabang (under construction), Cagayan de Oro (announced), Davao (under construction), Tacloban City (announced) and Urdaneta (under construction).

Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints differ from meetinghouses or chapels where members meet for Sunday worship services. Each temple is considered a “house of the Lord” where Jesus Christ’s teachings are reaffirmed through sacred ceremonies such as marriages, which unite families forever, and proxy baptisms on behalf of deceased ancestors who did not have the opportunity to be baptized while living.

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