San Pedro, Laguna
|San Pedro City|
|Nickname(s): The Sampaguita Capital of the Philippines|
|Motto: Sipag at Pananampalataya sa Diyos tungo sa Kaunlaran ng San Pedro (Hardwork and Faith in God towards San Pedro's progress)|
|Region||CALABARZON (Region IV-A)|
|District||1st district of Laguna|
|Founded||January 18, 1725|
|• Mayor||Lourdes Catáquiz (NP)|
|• Vice Mayor||Raffy Campos (NP)|
|• Total||24.05 km2 (9.29 sq mi)|
|• Density||12,000/km2 (32,000/sq mi)|
|Demonym||San Pedronian (en.); San Pedrense (tl.)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|Income class||1st class|
'San Pedro' City is a first class city in the province of Laguna, Philippines. It is named after its patron saint Saint Peter. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 294,310 inhabitants. Despite being the third smallest in the entire province, with a total land surface area of only 24.05 km2, San Pedro City has the highest population density in the province.
Aside from being a primarily suburban community, San Pedro City also hosts a large number of factories. Among them include PDM, Alaska Milk Corporation and General Milling Corporation.
San Pedro City is Laguna's gateway to Metro Manila, sharing its boundary with Muntinlupa City, Metro Manila's southernmost city. This position makes San Pedro City a popular suburban residential community, where many residents commute daily for work to Metro Manila. Support groups from the local government and non-government organizations are striving to incorporate San Pedro City into Metro Manila by the year 2015.
- Bagong Silang
- Sampaguita Village
- San Antonio
- San Roque
- San Vicente
- Santo Niño
- United Bayanihan
- United Better Living
San Pedro City became a town on January 18, 1725, when King Charles II of Spain decreed that the town formerly known as "Tabuko" be a separate town from "Kabullaw" (now known as the city of Cabuyao).
By virtue of the last will of Philip V of Spain, Rodriguez de Figueroa or "Don Esteban", a group of Augustinian Fathers gained the ownership of the Tunasán Estate. Later on, San Pedro became an hacienda of Colegio de San José, a group of Jesuits friars who took over the property which now is known as "San Pedro Tunasán". "Tunasán" literally means "a place where there is Tunás" (Opuntia tuna), a medicinal plant abundant on shoreline area.
During that period, agriculture, fishing, duck raising, fruit trees, sampaguita were the main source of income of its residents. This period was highlighted by the growing tenant/landlord dispute. The tenants of Hacienda San Pedro Tunasán fought for their birthrights over their ancestral lands. This struggle took almost 423 years of unsuccessful resistance to Colegio de San José, and in 1938, the government bought the homesites of the San Pedro Tunasán Hacienda from the Colegio for re-sale to its tenants. This event laid to rest the tenants/landlord problem in the town.
From the Spanish time until after the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, the scenario did change a bit, when on August 30, 1954, beginning to the Philippine Commonwealth forces against the Japanese, President Ramón Magsaysay signed at the historic town plaza the Land Tenancy Act. By virtue of this law, farm lots of the hacienda were bought by the Philippine Government to be sold at cost to the tenants or occupants of the farm lots in Bayan-Bayanan under the Narra Settlement Project of the Magsaysay Administration.
On March 27, 2013, President Benigno Aquino signed the 64-page Republic Act No. 10420 converting the municipality into a new component city of the province of Laguna. The cityhood of San Pedro would be ratified through a plebiscite to be scheduled by the Commission on Elections. The tentative date for the ratification is on December 28, 2013 after the National Barangay Elections. Once ratified, it will be the sixth city of Laguna after the cities of Biñan, Cabuyao, Calamba, San Pablo and Santa Rosa, and also the third to be a city in the 1st congressional district of Laguna - making it the first city district in the province. The plebiscite was scheduled to be held on 28 December, 2013.
|Population census of San Pedro City|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
San Pedro City hosts a number of institutions of education such as:
- AMA Computer Learning Center - San Pedro Branch
- Asian Institute Of Computer Studies (San Pedro Campus)
- Casa Del Niño Schools System, Inc.
- Computer Site Institute, Inc. (COMSITE)
- IETI College Of Science And Technology (San Pedro Campus - Main)
- Excellent Wisdom Christian Academy
- Immaculate Heart of Mary School
- Jesus The Faithful Savior Christian School
- Jesus The Risen Savior School - De La Salle Supervised
- Jesus The Rock Of All Ages Christian School
- Joseph and Mary Academy
- Laguna Northwestern College
- Liceo De San Pedro
- Mater Ecclesiae School
- Our Lady of Assumption College
- Pacita Complex National High School (ESEP)
- Polytechnic University of the Philippines (San Pedro Campus)
- St. Louis Anne Colleges
- St. Peter Academy
- Sampaguita National High School (Sampaguita & Adelina-San Antonio Campuses)
- San Francisco De Sales School
- San Pedro College of Business Administration
- San Pedro Relocation Center National High School (Langgam, Cuyab & Landayan Campuses)
- San Pedro Technological Institute
- Sisters of Mary Immaculate School
- STI College San Pedro
- Tiwalan Christian Academy
- Wellspring Of Grace School
- Sto. Sepulcro Shrine Landayan
- Most Holy Name Of Jesus Parish
- San Pedro Apostol Parish
- Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish,
- San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish
- Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
- Our Lady of Fatima Parish (Elvinda Village, San Pedro, Laguna)
- Our Lady of Fatima Parish, (Aurora Heights Subd., San Antonio, San Pedro, Laguna)
- Holy Family Parish
- Mother of Good Counsel Parish
- Christ the King Parish
- San Martin de Porres Parish
- Saint Joseph the Worker Parish
- Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish
- Saint Joseph the Patriarch Parish
- Sto. Rosario Parish (Pacita Complex 1, San Pedro, Laguna)
A week long festival which includes various activities ranging from cultural to sports, trade fairs, amateur singing contest, parades, historical exhibits, social & religious gatherings, tribal dance & sports exhibitions. The highlight of the festival is the Coronation Night of the "Hiyas ng San Pedro". The festival aims to promote tourism in San Pedro City and to revitalize Sampaguita industry in the locality.
San Pedro City holds the record of laying the longest sampaguita (flower lei) line spanning 3.6 km (2 mi), from Biñan City-San Pedro City boundary to San Pedro City-Muntinlupa City boundary on the National Highway, making them listed in the Guinness World Records in 2009.
- Christopher Roxas, actor
- Gladys Reyes, actress
- Cacai Bautista, comedienne
- Charice Pempengco, singer
- Jamilla Obispo, actress
- Jan Manual, actor
- John Lloyd Cruz, actor, model
- Julia Clarete, TV host, actress
- Kristine Hermosa, actress
- Nikki Valdez, actress
- Ogie Diaz, comedian, columnist and TV host
- Paw Diaz, actress
- Princess Snell, actress
- Rico Blanco, singer, former vocalist of Rivermaya
- Rocco Nacino, actor
- San Pedro, Laguna, Philippines - Welcome Message
- "Official City 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
- "Province: LAGUNA". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
- "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
- San Pedro City, Laguna Official Website - History
- San Pedro City, Laguna Official Website - Barangays
- "Province of Laguna". Municipality Population Data. LWUA Research Division. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
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