This beautiful temple is located on Rizal Street in Iloilo City. We took a tour of the temple and we’re seeing Buddhist elements in the altar area or perhaps it’s a hybrid Buddhist-Taoist temple. We’re told the characters on the front mean “Longshan Temple”. Longshan is a famous temple in Taiwan. Longshan was built by immigrants to Taiwan from Fujian province in China. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longshan_Temple
The majority of Chinese immigrants to the Philippines were also Fujian, many of them exiting China during the turmoil of the 1940s.
We also note that there is a Fo Guang Shan Buddhist temple in Iloilo, the Iloilo Fo Guang Yuan, affiliated with the Fo Guang Shan, an international Chinese Mahayana Buddhist monastic order based in Taiwan.
Iloilo Fo Guang Yuan
Address: 13-A Fuentes Street, Iloilo City, Philippines
Tradition: Mahayana, Humanistic Buddhism
Affiliation: Fo Guang Shan
Spiritual Director: Ven. Master Hsing Yun
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Note that the entrance shows a date of 1931 – see upper left of photo. The brass plaque (below) gives a date of 1985. Did the 1985 building replace or expand on the 1931 structure. Was the 1931 temple in the same location?