San Andres, Manila

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San Andres Bukid
Location of San Andres Bukid
Country Philippines
Region National Capital Region
City Manila
Congressional districts Part of the 5th district of Manila
Barangays 65
Population (2000)
 • Total 116,998

San Andres (also San Andres Bukid, bukid being the Tagalog for "farm" or "[rice] field") is a district of Manila, Philippines. San Andres shares its northeastern border with the districts of Santa Ana and Paco, while to its south lies Pasay and Makati. The area is under the jurisdiction of the Fifth Congressional District of Manila, and includes the Manila South Cemetery, an exclave of the city.


Although San Andres only has a small land area, it is the second most densely populated district in Manila after Tondo. San Andres is divided into its eastern and western sectors by the Sergio Osmeña Highway. Mostly residential, San Andres also has some sections classified as commercial.

The majority of the district's population live just above the poverty line, mostly composed of post-World War II settlers from various provinces while the original inhabitants were middle or lower-class migrant families who had formerly settled in Tondo but found the rough working-class lifestyle less suitable for raising children. The influx of settlers into the district was unregulated, resulting in a lack of urban planning as evidenced by irregular buildings, narrow roadways, and large blocks of houses accessible only through metre-wide alleyways.


What is now San Andres Bukid was carved from the pre-World War II district of Singalong as well as parts of Malate, and Paco districts. Singalong, which although largely absorbed into San Andres is commemorated by a namesake street that runs parallel to Quirino Avenue, was in what is now the western section of San Andres. Elderly residents of Singalong believe that the area's name was derived from a Tagalog word for a cup fashioned from bamboo.

In the Spanish colonial era, Spaniards awarded the area to members of the Capuchin missionaries who thereafter converted the native population to Catholicism. In the aftermath of the Second World War, the southern section of Manila was devastated as with most of the city. San Andres was then mostly open space, and it was repopulated by migrants from nearby provinces and the Visayas.


  • "By Sword and Fire: The Destruction of Manila in World War II, 3 February-3 March 1945" by Alphonso J. Aluit (1994) Bookmark, Inc. © 1994 National Commission for Culture and the Arts ISBN 971-569-162-5
  • San Andres Manila Volunteer Fire Brigade Inc., History by Charles Chua, Callsign San Andres 1, Presently President and Brigade Fire Marshall

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Coordinates: 14°34′26″N 121°0′14″E / 14.57389°N 121.00389°E / 14.57389; 121.00389