In June 1982 approval was given to establish an area missionary training center in the Philippines. In October 1983, the newly established MTC, a small rented house in Greenhills, Metro Manila, received the first group of 26 missionaries from the Davao, Cebu, Manila, and Baguio areas, all of whom were assigned to serve in other areas in the Philippines. Increasing numbers required the rental of a second house on the same street.
In December 1990, ground was broken for a new MTC facility to be built across the street from the Manila Temple. The new MTC could house a total of 80 missionaries. In 1998, ground nearby was purchased for further enlarging the MTC. Construction began on March 10, 2010. Two new MTC residence and classroom buildings were completed in December of 2011, increasing the capacity to 144 missionaries. In March 2012, a third activity or gym building was added to the MTC complex.
Today, missionaries from the Philippines, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Micronesia-Guam, Mongolia, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam attend the MTC. Training is provided in English, Tagalog, Cebuano, Cambodian, Indonesian, Mandarin Chinese, Mongolian, Thai, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
The climate in Manila is tropical, with a rainy season that runs from June to November and a dry season that runs from December to May. Thunderstorms are a regular occurrence during the months of July, August, and September. The average temperature is approximately 81°F (27°C) and remains fairly constant throughout the year.
Encyclopædia Britannica Online, s. v. "Manila," accessed June 25, 2012.