The Manila Temple was announced April 1, 1981 by President Joseph Fielding Smith. Back then, the local members of the church were responsible to raise the funds to build the Temple. After 9 months of hard work, only 65% of the needed monies were raised. As you are aware, the Filipinos are a poor people by and large. After an intense effort by the leaders, the remainder of the funds were raised in the next 3 months with great sacrifice of the local members of the church.
In September of 1982, groundbreaking ceremonies were held and the work began. It took 2 years to do the construction and on Sept. 25th, 1984 the Temple was dedicated by then Quorum of the Twelve member Gordon B. Hinckley.
This is a moderate sized temple with 4 ordinance rooms and 3 sealing rooms. The total square footage is 26,683, not including the adjoining building that contains supportive areas.
The ordinance rooms are small in comparison with the Temples we attend in Idaho and Utah, but they are beautiful and peaceful. It is so nice to remove ourselves from the hustle and bustle of everything we are doing and take time to learn and reflect.