Photos courtesy of: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
05 December 2023
Embassy Press and Information Section
The 2023 Washington D.C. Temple Festival of Lights is officially underway. The Philippine Embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission Mr. Jaime Ramon T. Ascalon, Jr., and Mrs. Maria Lourdes M. Romualdez, wife of Jose Manuel G. Romauldez, Philippine ambassador to the United States, was invited by Elder Dale G. Renlund of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and the Latter Day Saints on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, to turn on more than 400,000 Christmas lights that surround the house of the Lord in the nation’s capital. Attendees included distinguished ambassadors, diplomats, and other government officials and their families.
The Philippines is home to more than 850,000 Latter-day Saints in approximately 1,275 congregations. The Church of Jesus Christ has 13 houses of the Lord in operation or in various stages of planning or construction. These are located in Alabang, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu City, Davao, Iloilo, Laoag, Manila, Naga, Santiago, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Urdaneta.
Full press release by the the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints below: