Sampaloc, Manila

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Nickname(s): The University Belt
Location of Sampaloc
Country Philippines
Region National Capital Region
City Manila
Congressional districts Part of the 4th district of Manila
Barangays 241
 • Total 7.90 km2 (3,05 sq mi)
Population (2007[1])
 • Total 395,111
 • Density 32,354.8/km2 (83,799/sq mi)

Sampaloc is a district of Manila which is primarily a residential and educational center, bordered by Quiapo and San Miguel in the south, Santa Mesa in the south and east, Santa Cruz in the west and north, and Quezon City in the northeast. The University of Santo Tomas, Far Eastern University and University of the East Manila are part of the University Belt to name a few, the famous Dangwa flower market at Dimasalang Road, and the former colonial mansion, now called Windsor Inn, which is popular with backpackers and budget travelers. Nearby is the La Loma district of Quezon City, famous for its open-air lechon (roast pig) restaurants.

The area also saw fighting between American colonial troops and Filipino revolutionaries at the turn of the 20th century. A marker which had stood on the San Juan bridge was ordered moved to Santa Mesa in 2003 after studies by Dr. Benito Legarda concluded that the shot was fired somewhere between Blockhouse 7 (within Manila’s boundary) and Barrio Santol (Sampaloc District) on the connecting road that is now Sosiego.[2]

Sampaloc Church

"Sampaloc" or "Sampalok" is the native Tagalog dialect word for the tamarind fruit, perhaps because tamarind trees used to grow in this area.

The Dangwa flower market is famous for selling cut flowers from all over the Philippines and is open 24 hours a day. It is located beside the Dangwa Bus Station.

Among the main thoroughfares of this district are S.H. Loyola (formerly Lepanto), Vicente Cruz, M. De La Fuente, P. Florentino, Blumentritt, Aurora Boulevard, Dapitan, Laon Laan, Dimasalang, Maria Clara, Maceda, Padre Campa, Padre Noval, Tomas Earnshaw (Bustillos), Legarda, Gastambide, Recto Avenue, Lerma, Morayta, Lacson Avenue and España Boulevard. The notable high school is Ramon Magsaysay High School which is along España Boulevard.

Sampaloc serves as the hub of major national bus transportation carriers including: Fariñas Transit Company, GV Florida Transport, Victory Liner, Partas, Maria De Leon, Sta. Lucia, RCJ Trans and RCJ Lines.

There are 241 barangays in Sampaloc, numbers 395-636.[1] However, barangays 587-636 are part of Sta. Mesa, which is part of Manila's 6th district.

The late Arsenio Lacson (the first elected Mayor of Manila) and the late Ramon Bagatsing (the longest serving Mayor of Manila), two of the city's legendary leaders, were both from the district of Sampaloc. The current Executive Chef of the White House under President Obama, Cristeta Comerford, grew up here.


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