Santa Rosa, Laguna

Not to be confused with Laguna de Santa Rosa.
Santa Rosa
Component City
City of Santa Rosa

Barangay Kanluran (Poblacion)

Nickname(s): The Lion City of South Luzon, Next ICT Hub of the Philippines, Makati of the South, Earth Hour Capital of the Philippines
Motto: Serbisyong Makatao, Lungsod na Makabago
(Humane Service, Modern City)

Map of Laguna showing the location of Santa Rosa
Santa Rosa

Location within the Philippines

Coordinates: 14°19′N 121°07′E / 14.32°N 121.12°E / 14.32; 121.12Coordinates: 14°19′N 121°07′E / 14.32°N 121.12°E / 14.32; 121.12
Country Philippines
Region Region IV-A (CALABARZON)
Province Laguna
Congr. district 1st district of Laguna
Incorporated January 18, 1792
Cityhood July 10, 2004
Barangays 18
  Mayor Danilo Fernandez (Liberal)
  Vice Mayor Arnold B. Arcillas (Liberal)
  Total 54.84 km2 (21.17 sq mi)
Elevation 20.3 m (66.6 ft)
Population (2015 census)[3]
  Total 353,767
  Density 6,500/km2 (17,000/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Santa Rosense
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP code 4026
Dialing code +63(0)49
Income class 1st

Santa Rosa (Filipino: Lungsod ng Santa Rosa) is a city in the province of Laguna, Philippines. The city, predominantly a suburban residential community of Metro Manila, lies 38 kilometres (24 mi) south of Manila via the South Luzon Expressway. Santa Rosa is also the exit point along the expressway to go to Tagaytay.

According to the 2015 census, the city has a population of 353,767 inhabitants, making it the second largest local government unit in Laguna after Calamba .[3]

Santa Rosa was initially known for the Coca-Cola and Toyota manufacturing plants in its industrial estates. Recently, it has also become popular for being the site of Enchanted Kingdom, a local theme park, as well as several housing developments. This city contains the 3rd largest complex in Laguna, Paseo de Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa became a city by virtue of Republic Act No. 9264,[4] which was ratified by its residents on July 10, 2004.


Santa Rosa's land area is approximately 54.13 square kilometers (5413 hectares). It is in the western section of Laguna de Bay.

The western portion of the city occupies the numerous commercial, industrial, and business establishments, while the northern portion is primarily composed of residential areas and subdivisions, schools, industrial zones and various business establishments.


Santa Rosa is politically subdivided into 18 barangays.[2]

  • Aplaya
  • Balibago
  • Caingin
  • Dila
  • Dita
  • Don Jose
  • Ibaba
  • Kanluran (Poblacion)
  • Labas
  • Macabling
  • Malitlit
  • Malusak (Poblacion)
  • Market Area (Poblacion)
  • Pooc
  • Pulong Santa Cruz
  • Santo Domingo
  • Sinalhan
  • Tagapo (Poblacion)


In 1571, Spanish conquistador Juan de Salcedo, the grandson of Miguel López de Legazpi, founded the town of Biñan which was annexed as a barrio to Tabuco (now, Cabuyao) while exploring the region of Laguna de Bay.

In 1688, Biñan, together with Barrio Bukol (Santa Rosa, before separation from Biñan) separated from Cabuyao. After a series of renaming, separation of barrios to become independent towns, Barrio Bukol was politically emancipated as the municipality of Santa Rosa. The town was renamed after Saint Rose of Lima. The municipality of Santa Rosa was founded on January 18, 1792.

During the revolutionary period in 1898, the town was instrumental in the proclamation of Philippine independence from Spain when it signed the Act of Independence on June 12, 1898. Later on the town's local revolutionaries fought alongside the forces of Pío del Pilar during the Philippine–American War.

On February 5, 1945, the town was left abandoned by the Japanese soldiers when the local guerrilla resistance movement, with support from the American and Filipino military contingent, entered the town proper, where skirmishes, torture, and deaths occurred.

During the post-war era, until the 1970s, the townspeople were largely dependent on basic agriculture and family-owned enterprises for livelihood. The influence of industrialization slowly took shape in the 1980s with the entry of local and foreign investors who were instrumental in the fast-pace economic and social transformation of the town and the province.


The population of Santa Rosa is fast-growing with an intercensal growth rate of 7% from 1990 to 1995, repeated and more in subsequent decades (except for 2007 to 2010 census).

Population census of Santa Rosa
YearPop.±% p.a.
1990 94,719    
1995 138,257+7.34%
2000 185,633+6.52%
2007 266,943+5.14%
2010 284,670+2.37%
2015 353,767+4.22%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5]

Some inhabitants of Santa Rosa today erroneously refer to themselves as "Rosanians". But since Santa Rosa is a Spanish name, the correct demonym should be "Roseños".

Ethnic groups

Like other places in Metro Manila, the original settlers are Tagalogs. Throughout the centuries, there has been constant migration of Spaniards, Visayans, Bikolanos, Ilokanos, Chinese and Americans.


The main language is Filipino, which is based on Tagalog. In addition, due to continuous development of the city, English language is used in education, business and information technology.


The majority of the people are Roman Catholics. Other religious groups represented include the Church of God International, the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, Jesus Is Lord Church, Baptist, Jehovah's Witness, and Iglesia Evangelica Unida de Cristo (Unida Evangelical Christian Church) founded in 1932 by Don Toribio Teodoro. Some migrants and expats have formed in 1994 the Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church (under the canonical jurisdiction of The Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong/Philippines- Ecumenical Patriarchate) in Golden City Subdivision under the pastoral care of Rev. Fr. Philemon Castro, MDiv.


Schools/Colleges Location
University of Santo Tomas - Santa Rosa Campus (U/C) Santa Elena City, Barangay Malitlit
University of the East - Santa Rosa Campus (U/C) Eton City, Barangay Don Jose
Polytechnic University of the Philippines - Santa Rosa Campus Barangay Tagapo
Laguna BelAir School Barangay Don Jose
Dominican College of Sta. Rosa RSBS Boulevard., San Lorenzo South, Barangay Balibago
Holy Rosary College F. Gomez Street., Barangay Kanluran
Canossa School Zavalla Street., Barangay Kanluran
Our Lady of Assumption College, Santa Rosa RSBS Boulevard., San Lorenzo South, Barangay Malitlit


Santa Rosa is the premier city and hub of South Luzon. It is the Makati of the South in terms of economic activity.

Santa Rosa is also known as the Lion City of South Luzon. According to the 2013 COA AFR report,the city has an annual income of 2.3 billion pesos, surpassing the income of Calamba City and Batangas City. Santa Rosa is now the richest city in South Luzon in terms of annual income.

Special economic zones and industrial parks in Santa Rosa include:

  • Laguna Technopark Inc.
  • Greenfield Automotive Park
  • Toyota Special Economic Zone
  • Lakeside Evozone Nuvali
  • Daystar Santa Rosa Industrial Park
  • Santa Rosa Industrial Complex
  • Meridian Industrial Complex


Major commercial banks in the Philippines operate in the city. At this time, there are 68 banking institutions that offers banking services to businesses and residents. Most of these are concentrated in Barangay Balibago, Don Jose, Macabling, Pulong Santa Cruz, Santo Domingo and Tagapo.

Car Dealerships

A number of car brands have put up dealerships in Santa Rosa. The list of prominent car dealerships include Chevrolet, Ford (Borromeo), Foton, Honda (ANC), Hyundai, JMC, Kia, Mazda (Borromeo), Mitsubishi (Ancar), and Subaru (ANC).

Further, the Borromeo's Ford and Mazda have recently put up shop while two of the six ANC Group brands, namely Honda and Subaru, have branches in Santa Rosa.

Shopping Malls

SM City Santa Rosa

Modern shopping malls are scattered in the city. Here are the list of the city's shopping malls and community malls.

Shopping Malls Location
SM City Santa Rosa Old National Highway, Barangay Tagapo
Robinsons Santa Rosa Market (formerly Robinsons Place Santa Rosa)
Ayala Malls Solenad Nuvali Ecozone, Barangay Don Jose
Vista Mall Santa Rosa Santa Elena City, Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road, Barangay Don Jose
Paseo De Santa Rosa Greenfield City District
Community Malls
Walter Mart Santa Rosa San Lorenzo Road cor. Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road, Barangay Balibago
Walter Mart Bel-Air Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road, Barangay Don Jose
Laguna Central Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road, Greenfield City District, Barangay Don Jose
Target Mall Santa Rosa Commercial Complex, Barangay Balibago
Unitop Shopping Mall

Paseo De Santa Rosa, is Santa Rosa's premiere lifestyle center situated in the master-planned community Greenfield City. It has long been a haven for outlet stores in the southern part of the Metro.

Industries and manufacturing

Dubbed as the "Motor City of the Philippines" or "Detroit City of the Philippines", Santa Rosa is host to multinational automotive giants Nissan Motors Co., Ltd., Toyota Motor Corporation, Honda Motor Co., Ltd., and Mitsubishi – all contributing 95 percent of the country's automotive production. It is also the location for the headquarters of Santarosa Motor Works, Inc.

Food giant, Monde Nissin Corporation, which manufactures industry leader Lucky Me Noodles and Monde biscuits, has a plant here in its sprawling 14-hectare manufacturing facility. Santa Rosa is also home to the largest plant of The Coca-Cola Company in the Philippines, which is situated right across the Santa Rosa Exit of the South Luzon Expressway.

Information Technology

Santa Rosa is also looking to be the next hub for the BPO industry. It is currently ranked 82nd in the world for its competitiveness in the Information Technology and Business Process Outsourcing services (IT-BPO) by the leading strategic advisory firm, THOLONS. BPO companies present in Santa Rosa are Convergys, KGB, Teletech, IBM and Concentrix.

Also in Santa Rosa is the Philippine subsidiary of French video game development company Ubisoft, which opened on March 28, 2016.[6][7][8]



Santa Rosa City is accessible via South Luzon Expressway. Two exits are available namely, Santa Rosa Exit (KM 38) and Greenfield City - ETON City - ABI Exit (KM 42). A four-lane national highway from Alabang, Muntinlupa City up to Pagsanjan, Laguna passes through the city. Another road, Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road, acts as the main route for people going up to Tagaytay from Metro Manila, especially on weekends and vacation periods.

Public transportation within the city, like in most of the urban areas in the Philippines, is facilitated mostly using inexpensive jeepneys. Tricycles are used for short distances. In Laguna Bel Air, residents uses exclusive multicab shuttles within the village complex.

Utilities and communication

Santa Rosa's source of electricity is part of the Manila Electric Company or Meralco. Water supply for the city is supplied by the Laguna Water Inc. Santa Rosa's communication system is powered by the Philippine Long Distance Telephone company, and Digitel Philippines. Cellular network in the Philippines particularly the metropolitan areas is increasing rapidly together with the low cost of calls and text messaging. Such big companies that control the cellular networks in the Philippines and Santa Rosa itself are Globe Telecom, Smart Communications (PLDT) and Sun Cellular from Digitel. Cable & Satellite Television access is provided by SkyCable, G Sat, Cignal Digital TV, and Royal Cable. Internet Digital Subscriber Line or DSL coverage is provided by PLDT, cable internet is serviced by Sky Cable's ZPDee and Global Destiny. Wireless broadband is provided by Globeliness Broadband and Smart Communications.


Santa Rosa has one major public hospital and 8 major private hospitals include:

Hospitals Location
Santa Rosa Community Hospital L&M Subdivision, Barangay Market Area
New Sinai MDI Hospital and Medical Center Old National Highway, Barangay Tagapo
Marian Hospital J.P. Rizal Blvd., Barangay Tagapo
Balibago Polyclinic and Hospital J.P. Rizal Blvd., Barangay Balibago
St. James Hospital Barangay Dita
Santa Rosa Hospital and Medical Center RSBS Boulevard, San Lorenzo South, Barangay. Balibago
The Medical City South Luzon Greenfield City District
Qualimed Nuvali (u/c) Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road, Barangay Sto. Domingo
Citymedic Hospital (u/c) J.P Rizal Boulevard, Barangay Tagapo

Tourism and places of interest

Here are some of Santa Rosa's tourist destinations:

Enchanted Kingdom A world-class theme park opened on July 28, 1995. Located at RSBS Boulevard, San Lorenzo South, Balibago in Santa Rosa, right in front of Villa De Toledo and Dominican College of Sta. Rosa.
Cuartel de Santo Domingo Also known as Fort Sto. Domingo and Intramuros of Sta. Rosa. National Historical Institute (NHI) declared the site a National Historical Landmark on July 21, 2005 and the National Historical Marker was unveiled on September 20, 2015 part of the National History Week.
Museo De Santa Rosa primarily a "Bahay-Pamahalaan" built in 1828 during the time of the Spaniards and refitted in 1954 became Museum on January 2006 (soft opening) and inaugurated on August 23, 2006.
Ancestral Houses They are located in Barangays Malusak and Kanluran.
Santa Rosa Arch The famous landmark of the city. The original Bantayang Bato that serves as a look out was built in 1792 near the Santa Rosa River and refitted in 1925 was dismantled to give way to a motorized traffic, and the now Santa Rosa arch was constructed near the Market which is patterned after the Arc De Triomphe in Champs Elysees in Paris, France.
City Plaza Located in front of the Santa Rosa De Lima Church. It is used to held concerts. It is also called the "Luneta Park" of the city.
Solenad Built and opened in 2009, Solenad blends essential shopping with leisure and dining in a relaxing, al fresco, lakeside environment. The area is connected to the now operational Lakesize Evozone commercial area by dedicated pedestrian and bike lanes. The Lakeside Evozone is the refreshing campus-like commercial area of Nuvali. It creates a new space for offices and businesses to thrive in an environment of productivity and connectivity. Solenad sits at the entrance of the Lakeside Evozone area coming from the Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road, and is nestled next to a 4-hectare lake. Its accessible and picturesque location invites people to sit, sip and dine with family and friends. Solenad has also become a destination for the surrounding communities of Sta. Rosa, Calamba City, Tagaytay City and Manila. This is in collaboration with Ayala Land Inc., and Yulo Family.
Santa Rosa de Lima Parish Church It was built in 1792 upon the arrival of Father Francisco Favie. It has also a Philippine Independent Church twin. The church has its Baroque-style architecture.


Sikhayan Festival
Held every 18 January, the Bayanihan Foundation Parade is a street fest displaying the bayanihan or Filipino command spirit of cooperation which makes seemingly in possible feasts realization. The event highlights the four evolution of the town from aquatic, agriculture, professional and to an industrial progressive city.
Feast of St. Rose of Lima
It is held every 23 August in honor of St. Rose of Lima, Peru, the city's patron saint.
Summer Festivities
held every April to celebrate a good harvest of the town
held every July 10 of the year.

City government

Central Plaza

Santa Rosa City is governed primarily by the city mayor, the vice-mayor and the city councilors. The mayor acts as the chief executive of the city while the city councilors acts as its legislative body. The vice-mayor, besides taking on mayoral responsibilities in case of a temporary vacancy, acts as the presiding officer of the city legislature. The legislative body is composed of 10 regular members and representatives from the barangay and the youth council.[1]

Executive Branch:


  1. Jose Joel B. Aala
  2. Sonia U. Algabre
  3. Ina Clariza B. Cartagena
  4. Wilfredo A. Castro
  5. Mariel C. Cendaña
  6. Roy M. Gonzales
  7. Rodrigo B. Malapitan
  8. Eric T. Puzon
  9. Arturo M. Tiongco
  10. Antonio M. Tuzon, Jr.

List of Former and Current Mayors of Santa Rosa City

Notable people from Santa Rosa

Sister cities




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