San Juan, Metro Manila
Dakilang Lungsód ng San Juan|
(Great City of San Juan)
Skyscrapers along Annapolis Street in Greenhills
|Nickname(s): Heart of Metro Manila; Home of Philippine Presidents; Tiangge Capital of the Philippines|
Motto(s): Todo Asenso, San Juan!|
("Progress, San Juan!")
Diwa ng 1896
("Spirit of 1896")
Location within Metro Manila
|Region||National Capital Region|
|Districts||Lone District of San Juan|
|Incorporated||17 June 2007 (cityhood)|
|• Mayor||Guia Gomez (Partido Magdiwang/UNA)|
|• Vice Mayor||Janella Marie V. Ejército (Partido Magdiwang)|
|• Representative||Ronaldo Zamora (PDP-Laban)|
|• Sangguniang Panlungsod|
|• Total||5.87 km2 (2.27 sq mi)|
|Elevation||17.0 m (55.8 ft)|
|Population (2015 census)|
|• Density||21,000/km2 (54,000/sq mi)|
|Demonym(s)||San Juaneño (m), San Juaneña (f)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|Area code||+63 (0)02|
San Juan City (Filipino: Lungsod ng San Juan) is the smallest city in the Philippines in terms of population and land area. It is one of the 16 cities and one municipality that make up Metro Manila, the capital region of the Philippines and is geographically located at its approximate center. The city is known for the site of the first battle of the Katipunan, the organization which led the 1896 Philippine Revolution against the Spanish Empire. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 122,180.
"San Juan City" is a contraction of the city's traditional name of "San Juan del Monte" (lit. Saint John of the Mountain). As with numerous other places in the Philippines, the name combines a patron saint and a toponym; in this case Saint John the Baptist with the locale's hilly terrain and relatively higher elevation compared to surrounding areas.
The city's official name is "Dakilang Lungsód ng San Juan" (lit. Great City of San Juan).
During the pre-Hispanic period, the area of what is now San Juan was a part of the Kingdom of Namayan, whose last recorded rulers were King Lacantagean and his consort, Bouan. After the kingdom and other polities in the islands were absorbed into the Spanish Crown in the late 16th century, the realm of Namayan was christened Santa Ana de Sapa. The present area of San Juan was meanwhile re-classified as a barrio, becoming a small encomienda by 1590.
In 1602, the Dominicans built a retreat house in the vicinity for their immediate use, where ageing or convalescing friars stayed. Later, the Order constructed a convent and stone church dedicated to the Holy Cross. To this day, the thrice-rebuilt Santuario del Santo Cristo stands on the same site, adjacent to Aquinas School and Dominican College.
In 1783, San Juan was partitioned from Santa Ana but was still a barrio within the Province of Manila. The opening salvo of the Philippine Revolution against Spain took place in San Juan in 1897 when the Katipunan attacked the alamacén (armoury) or polvorín (gunpowder magazine) of the Spanish East Indies colonial government. The town was later incorporated into the Province of Rizal in 1901 under American military rule.
On 7 November 1975, President Ferdinand Marcos signed Presidential Decree № 824 that established the National Capital Region, and San Juan was among the towns excised from Rizal Province. Residents ratified the conversion of the municipality into a highly urbanised city on 17 June 2007, pursuant to Republic Act № 9388 ("An Act Converting the Municipality of San Juan into a Highly Urbanized City to be known as the City of San Juan"). Then Congressman Ronaldo B. Zamora sponsored the Cityhood Bill in the House of Representatives and worked for its approval.
Although not officially designated as such, San Juan is noted to be the "Town of Philippine Presidents." Four presidents since the Third Republic were official residents of San Juan when they assumed office. They were the Macapagal père et fille, Diosdado Sr. (1961–1965) and Gloria Arroyo (2001–2010); Ferdinand Marcos (1965–1986); and Joseph Estrada (1998–2001), who also served as Mayor when San Juan was still a municipality.
San Juan is the least extensive city in the Philippines with a total area of 595 hectares (2.30 sq mi).
The territory of San Juan was once much larger than it is now, extending all the way to what is now Caloocan City. Parts of the present-day Districts 1, 4 and 6 of Quezon City as well as areas of Mandaluyong were originally within the town's colonial-era borders. This also explains why San Juan Reservoir is in nearby Horseshoe Village, a subdivision now part of Quezon City.
San Juan is politically subdivided into 21 barangays:
|District 1||District 2|
|Population census of San Juan|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
Modes of public transportation in San Juan include jeepneys and buses. Jeepney routes ply the Aurora Boulevard (R-6). The city is serviced by the LRT-2. The only LRT station in San Juan is the J. Ruiz Station. The C-3 (Araneta Avenue) also passes through San Juan. Secondary routes include Nicanor Domingo (abbreviated N. Domingo), which heads towards Cubao in Quezon City, and Pinaglabanan/Santolan Road, which leads towards Ortigas Avenue and eventually the southern reaches of Quezon City near Camp Crame, the headquarters of the Philippine National Police.
The city also has several notable places of worship. Saint John the Baptist Parish, more commonly known as "Pinaglabanan Church", is where the city's patron saint, John the Baptist, is enshrined. The Santuario del Santo Cristo is the settlement's oldest existing church, while Mary the Queen Parish in West Greenhills serves the local Filipino-Chinese community.
From 1925-1971, the Iglesia ni Cristo once headquartered in the town at its former Central Office Complex, now known as the Locale of F. Manalo. It features Art-Deco designed ensembles, crafted by National Artist for Architecture Juan Nakpil. The Chapel is the centerpiece of the Complex, which also contains the old Central Office and Pastoral House which was the home of the church's first Executive Minister, Ka Felix Manalo, along with other Ministers and Evangelical Workers. When Manalo died in 1963, a mausoleum was constructed on the grounds of the Complex by architect Carlos Santos-Viola.
San Juan also has a number of Evangelical churches. Through the APOI ( Association of Pastors for Outreach and Intercession), they have contributed to the spiritual atmosphere of the city. Every January, the city celebrates the National Bible Week, where the reading of the Scripture happens during the flag raising ceremony in the City Hall. Through the blessing of the mayor, a bible was planted in the heart of the new city hall during its construction.
Major evangelical churches like Jesus is Lord, Victory Greenhills are also found in the city of San Juan.
- Joseph Estrada, Former San Juan Mayor, Current Manila Mayor, Former President of the Philippines, Actor
- Arturo Tolentino, Former Vice President of the Philippines
- Juvenal Sansó, artist and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Merit
- Paul Artadi, Basketball Player / Newly elected councilor
- Edu Manzano, Actor
- JV Ejercito, former San Juan Mayor, senator
- Eraño Manalo, former Iglesia ni Cristo Executive Minister from 1963-2009
- Jinggoy Estrada, former San Juan Mayor, senator, actor
- Gabby Concepcion, Actor
- Jaymee Joaquin, former TV host
- Luis Manzano, actor and TV host
- Joross Gamboa, actor
- Grace Poe, senator and former MTRCB chairwoman
- Alfred Vargas, actor, congressman (Quezon City)
- Bishop Greg Durante Senior Pastor and Tele-Evangelist EBN-TBN
- Ericka Villongco, singer and actress
- Krissy Villongco, singer
- Triccia Dacer, former broadcast journalist - radio anchor and TV host, PR personality
- Lance Raymundo, singer and actor
- Badong Luz, Famous Internet Superstar , Hardcore Cyclist
- Bobby Yan, Radio Host and Actor
- Inday Garutay, Stage Comedian, Actor
- Philip Cezar, Ex- PBA Player
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|Wikivoyage has a travel guide for San Juan (Metro Manila).|
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- Official Website of the City of San Juan, Metro Manila
- Geographic data related to San Juan, Metro Manila at OpenStreetMap