San Juan City
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|Region||National Capital Region|
|Mayor||Joseph Victor "JV" Ejercito (PMP)|
|Area|| 5.94 km²|
|Total (2000)|| 117,680|
The City of San Juan (Lungsod ng San Juan) is one of the 16 cities in Metro Manila or the National Capital Region in the Philippines. It is the smallest city in Metro Manila, larger only than the metro's sole municipality, Pateros, in terms of land area.. It contains the Pinaglabanan Shrine, which marks the site of the first battle of the Philippine Revolution of 1898. San Juan is located at the center of Metro Manila. It is bordered by Quezon City to the north and east, Mandaluyong City to the south and the City of Manila to the west.
San Juan was once the municipality of San Juan del Monte. Before the creation of Metro Manila, it was part of Rizal province. Although not officially, San Juan has also been dubbed the "Town of Philippine Presidents," having been the official residence of four out of the last nine presidents since the Philippines became a Republic in 1946: Diosdado Macapagal, Sr. (1961-1965) and his daughter Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2001-2010); Ferdinand Marcos (1965-1986); and Joseph Estrada (1998, until his ouster in 2001's EDSA II). Also, the second President of the 3rd Republic, Elpidio Quirino (1948-1953), after his term ended, retired to San Juan where he resided until his death in 1956.
 Landmarks and Culture
The famous Greenhills Shopping Center, a popular mall with tiangges (flea market stalls) where you can bargain for cheaper prices, is located in San Juan. Also located in the city are Xavier School, a prominent all-boys school in South East Asia; the Immaculate Conception Academy-Greenhills, a Chinese school exclusively for girls; and De la Salle High School Greenhills. The Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication and the Polytechnic University of the Philippines – San Juan are also located the city. San Juan is known for its celebration of the feast of their patron, St. John the Baptist, which entails dousing everyone on the streets with water every June 24 (as is done in baptism).
The city of San Juan is known as the bastion of the Estrada/Ejercito political family. Former President Joseph Estrada once served as mayor of San Juan. After him, his son Jinggoy became the city mayor. In the 2010 elections, Guia Gomez, the mother of Joseph Estrada’s son JV Ejercito, was proclaimed as the city mayor for the term 2010 until 2013, while JV was also proclaimed as the city's representative in the Lower House. Francisco Zamora garnered the highest number of votes for the vice mayoral seat.
The city’s population was 117,680 in the year 2000, which inflated to 125,338 in the 2007 Census. This figure showed an annual population increase of 0.87%.
San Juan is politically subdivided into 21 barangays, this includes:
- Addition Hills
- Corazon De Jesus
- Halo-halo (St. Joseph)
- Little Baguio
- Pedro Cruz
- San Perfecto
- Santa Lucia
- West Crame
- Province census.gov.ph (Accessed 24 May 2010)
- election results electionresults.ibanangayon.ph (Accessed 24 May 2010)
- About sanjuancity.gov.ph (Accessed 24 May 2010]