Santa Rosa City

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Template:Infobox Philippine city The City of Santa Rosa is a 1st class city in the province of Laguna, Philippines. It is also known as "The Investment Capital of South Luzon" since 1994. The city lies 38 kilometers south of Manila via the South Luzon Expressway, making it a suburban residential community of Metro Manila. This quiet town of Laguna started its progress initially from the establishment of Filsyn, CIGI and couple of other small multinational companies there when the government BOI provided for incentives to companies located at not less than 40 kilometers away from Manila. According to the 2000 census, City of Santa Rosa has a population of 185,633 people in 43,625 households but in 2005, it surpassed San Pablo City in terms of population, making it the fourth largest town or city in Laguna after Calamba City, San Pedro and Biñan.

Until a few years ago, Santa Rosa was mainly known for the Coca-Cola and Toyota manufacturing plants in its industrial estates. More recently it has also become famous for being the site of Enchanted Kingdom, a local theme park, as well as several housing developments. Santa Rosa is also the exit travellers take along the South Luzon Expressway to go to Tagaytay and Taal Volcano. This city contains the 3rd largest complex in Laguna, Paseo de Santa Rosa.

Ford Motor Company has a plant here, assembling the Ford Lynx, Ford Focus, Mazda 3, Ford Escape, and Mazda Tribute and also selling Ford Ranger, Ford Everest & Mazda6. Other automobile manufacturers that have plants in Santa Rosa City include Nissan Motors Co., Ltd., Toyota Motor Corporation, Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Isuzu Motors Ltd. and Mitsubishi.

City of Santa Rosa is also the location for 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.

Santa Rosa is the 2nd municipality/city in Southern Luzon to have both an SM and Robinsons after Novaliches in Quezon City and Dasmarinas in Cavite

Santa Rosa became a city by virtue of Republic Act No. 9264, which was ratified by the citizens on July 10, 2004.


In September 2006, Catindig was suspended because of his case. Arlene Arcillas-Nazareno became an Acting City Mayor until February 14, 2007.

No. Name Political Party Date Started Date Ended Vice Mayor
1 Roberto "Tito" Gonzalez KAMPI June 30, 1987 June 30, 1998 Jose B. Catindig, Jr. (1995-1998)
2 Leon C. Arcillas Template:Mn Lakas-CMD June 30, 1998 May 10, 2005 Jose B. Catindig, Jr. (2001-2005)
3 Jose B. Catindig, Jr. Template:Mn Independent/Liberal May 10, 2005 June 30, 2007 Arlene Arcillas-Nazareno
4 Arlene Arcillas-Nazareno Lakas-CMD June 30, 2007 incumbent Manuel "Manoy" G. Alipon
Template:Mnb Leon Arcillas was assasinated on May 10, 205
Template:Mnb Jose Catindig, Jr. was suspended from October 10, 2006 to February 10, 2007 by the DILG. Vice Mayor Arlene Arcillas-Nazareno became an acting city mayor.

City Officials


  1. Dr. Luisito "Louie" B. Algabre
  2. Mythor Cendaña
  3. Teresa "Tess" Aala
  4. Arnel D.C. Gomez
  5. Jose "Peping" Cartaño
  6. Arthur M. Tiongco
  7. Antonia "Sonia" T. Laserna
  8. Ronald Ian de Guzman
  9. [Paulino Camaclang] Paulino "Pole" Camaclang]]
  10. Raymond Ryan "Ninoy" Carvajal


City of Santa Rosa is politically subdivided into 18 barangays.

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




Hospitals and Medical Center



  • Santo Domingo Public School
  • Don Jose Public School
  • Pulong Santa Cruz Public School
  • University of Santa Rosa (U.C.)
  • and all of the publics schools are located in barangays


Hotels and Condominiums


Date Milestone
1571 When Spanish Conquistador Juan de Salcedo, the grandson of Miguel Lopez de Legazpi, while exploring the Laguna Lake region, discovered the town of Biñan which was annexed as a barrio to Tabuco (now the town of Cabuyao).
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 Rosa of Lima, Peru.
January 15, 1792 The municipality was founded.
1898 During the revolutionary period, 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 Pio del Pilar during the Philippine-American War.
February 5, 1945 The town was left abandoned by the Japanese soldiers when the local guerrilla resistance movement, with support from the American military contingent, entered the town proper, where skirmishes, torture, and deaths occurred.
1945 to 1979 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.
1987 Romeo Gonzlez took his oath and become the first mayor of Santa Rosa after winning the election.
July 10, 2004 Santa Rosa became a city by virtue of Republic Act No. 9264, which was ratified by the citizens.
May 10, 2005 Mayor Leon Arcillas was assassinated inside the city hall. Afterwards, the mayor died after the bullet shot to his body. Vice Mayor Jose Catindig, Jr. became an acting mayor , while Arcillas's eldest daughter, Councilor Arlene Arcillas-Nazareno became an acting vice-mayor. They serve until June 30, 2007. Some councilors resigned like Artemio "Boyie" Gomez, Jr., Arnel D.C. Gomez's father, resigned and make Boyie's son an acting councilor to continue Boyie's term up to 2007.
February 17, 2007 The biggest mall in the city, SM City Santa Rosa was opened.
July 27, 2006 Mayor Joey Catindig was suspended by DILG. Vice Mayor Arlene Arcillas Nazareno became an acting mayor until 2007.
February 14, 2007 Mayor Jose Catindig, Jr. returned to his office.
June 30, 2007 Vice Mayor Arlene Arcillas-Nazareno took oath after winning the election and became the first female city mayor and first mayor who is a relative of the former mayor (Leon Arcillas - Father, Arlene Arcillas-Nazareno - Daughter).


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