San Miguel, Manila

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San Miguel

Map of Manila denoting the location of San Miguel

City Manila
Population (2007)[1] 16,115
 – Density per km²
Area km²
 – Barangays 12
 – Cong. Districts 6th District

San Miguel is a primarily middle-class residential area of the City of Manila, and is one of the city's sixteen traditional districts.

Background[edit]

Malacañang Palace, the official residence of the President of the Philippines, is located in the neighbourhood, and outside the Palace gates is Mendiola Street, a popular site for protests against the government.

The San Miguel district is also home to some colleges and universities that form part of Manila's "University Belt" which encompasses San Miguel, and the districts of Quiapo and Sampaloc. Educational institutions that are located in the district include San Beda College, Centro Escolar University, College of the Holy Spirit, Saint Jude Catholic School, La Consolacion College and Victorino Mapa High School.

San Miguel is also the place where San Miguel Beer was originally produced, beginning in the Spanish colonial era. The brewery's buildings were demolished after the property was transferred to the state, and it today forms part of the Palace complex.

San Miguel also includes the Isla de Convalecencia, the largest island in the Pasig River, which is home to the Hospício de San José, Manila's oldest Catholic welfare institution.

Barangays[edit]

The National Shrine of Saint Michael and the Archangels the church for which the district was named.
Barangays of San Miguel
Name Population[1]
Barangay 637 1,172
Barangay 638 475
Barangay 639 752
Barangay 640 2,331
Barangay 641 707
Barangay 642 803
Barangay 643 740
Barangay 644 659
Barangay 645 1,709
Barangay 646 1,109
Barangay 647 815
Barangay 648 4,843

List of Cultural Properties in San Miguel[edit]

Attractions[edit]

Casa Roces[edit]

Casa Roces is a 1930's ancestral house of the Roces family which was renovated and turned into a full-service restaurant, café and an art gallery. Casa Roces is located in the district of San Miguel, Manila right across Malacañan Palace, the official residence of the President of the Republic of the Philippines. The ground floor of Casa Roces features a coffeehouse with an outdoor wooden deck, a dessert bar, and a memorabilia and accessories shop. A bar also serves cocktails, wine, beer and liquor for evening patrons. On the second floor are a bistro, an art and family heritage gallery as well as private rooms decorated with a mix of Commonwealth elegance and modern flair. The second floor of the house was turned into a multi-purpose dining venue and an art gallery.

Casa Roces was designed in the Pre-war modernist style with Art Deco articulation using a variety of construction materials which includes reinforced concrete, wood and masonry. On the ground floor, the distinguishing feature is the use of "Machuca" tile flooring which is typical with Commonwealth era house. The original layout of the rooms were changed to accommodate its new use as a restaurant and an art gallery.

References[edit]

Coordinates: 14°36′00″N 121°00′00″E / 14.600°N 121.000°E / 14.600; 121.000