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San Pablo, Laguna

San Pablo
Official seal of San Pablo
Nickname(s): SPC, City of Seven Lakes
San Pablo is located in Philippines
San Pablo
Location within the Philippines
Region CALABARZON (Region IV-A)
Province Laguna
Congr. district 3rd district of Laguna
Incorporated 1586 (parish)
Incorporated 1647 (municipality)
Cityhood May 7, 1940
Barangays 80
 • Mayor Loreto S. Amante (UNA)
 • Vice Mayor Angelita E. Yang (UNA)
 • Total 197.56 km2 (76.28 sq mi)
Elevation 101 m (331 ft)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 248,890
 • Density 1,300/km2 (3,300/sq mi)
Demonym(s) San Pablense / San Pableño
Time zone PST (UTC+8)

San Pablo is a first class city in the southern portion of Laguna province, Philippines, is one of the country's oldest cities. By land area, it is the largest in the province of Laguna. With a population of 248,890 people in the 2010 census, it ranks fifth within the province.[3]

The city is more popularly known as the "City of Seven Lakes" (Tagalog: Lungsod ng Pitong Lawa), referring to the Seven Lakes of San Pablo: Lake Sampaloc (or Sampalok), Lake Palakpakin, Lake Bunot, Lakes Pandin and Yambo, Lake Muhikap, and Lake Calibato.

San Pablo was part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lipa since 1910. On November 28, 1967, it became an independent diocese and became the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Pablo.


  • History 1
    • Historical milestones 1.1
  • Geography 2
    • Climate 2.1
    • Barangays 2.2
  • Demographics 3
    • Ethnicity and Language 3.1
  • Economy 4
    • Tourism and recreation 4.1
    • Business, commerce, and industry 4.2
  • Local government 5
    • List of former municipal executives 5.1
      • Appointed 5.1.1
      • Elected 5.1.2
    • League of Barangay Chairman 5.2
  • Infrastructure 6
  • Culture 7
    • Town Festivities and Events 7.1
  • Education 8
    • List of schools, colleges and university 8.1
      • List of colleges 8.1.1
      • List of schools (pre-elementary, elementary and high schools) 8.1.2
  • Media 9
  • Sister cities 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12


San Pablo's earliest historical record dates back to pre-Spanish times when four large barrios bounded by Mount Makiling composed "Sampalok". In 1571, the first Spanish troops under Captain Juan de Salcedo arrived in the upland village of Sampaloc, which became a parish in 1586, and then a municipality in 1647, and was renamed "San Pablo de Los Montes" in honor of Saint Paul the First Hermit. In 1756 it was placed under the jurisdiction of Batangas province but was returned in 1883 to Laguna.

In 1899, a municipal government was established, with Atty Innocente Martinez as municipal president. Marcos Paulino was elected municipal president in 1902 when the civil government was set up. From 1926 to 1940, the people of San Pablo worked for its independence from the province of Laguna. On May 7, 1940, the Charter Bill sponsored by Assemblyman Tomas D. Dizon was approved by president Manuel L. Quezon. The bill became known as the City Charter of San Pablo or Commonwealth Act No. 520 - approved by president Manuel L. Quezon.

The city was inaugurated on March 30, 1941, with Dr. Potenciano Malvar, a former governor of Laguna, as the city mayor appointed by president Manuel L. Quezon. Succeeding him 1941 as an appointed mayor was Dr. Manuel Quisumbing, in turn followed by Tomas D. Dizon in 1943 as an appointed mayor. The succeeding mayors were elected after 1955.

Historical milestones

  • 1571 - Arrival of Spanish troops under Captain Juan de Salcedo in the village of Sampalok (Sampaloc).
  • 1586 - Sampalok (Sampaloc) was converted into a parish.
  • 1647 - Sampalok (Sampaloc) was converted to a municipality and renamed "San Pablo de los Montes". Bartolome Maghayon, the first governadorcillo
  • 1734 - San Pablo parish was under the control of the Franciscans.
  • 1756 - Placed under the jurisdiction of Batangas Province.
  • 1883 - Returned to Laguna Province.
  • 1902 - Innocentes Martinez, first appointed municipal president and Don Marcos Paulino was elected first municipal president under American Period.
  • 1940 - Approval of Commonwealth (Act) 520 or Charter of the City of San Pablo with Dr. Potenciano Malvar as first appointed city mayor.
  • 1955 - Installed its first elected city mayor Cipriano B. Colago.
  • Middle of 20th century - Marked the beginning era of the municipality to a first class city in Laguna characterized by many commercial developments and nature developments of numerous areas. Its conversion to resorts and recreation places, both for local and international tourism.


San Pablo has a cool climate owing to its location. It is nestled in the foothills of three mountains: Mount Banahaw, Mount Makiling and the Sierra Madre Mountains. These mountains do not only provide attractions for the tourism industry (such as waterfalls) and sources of many forest-based products, but also serve as stewards for the clean air.

Its soil is suitable for those seeking opportunities in agriculture and horticulture given its richness and fertility. The different barangays have coconut plantation, lanzones fruit - Lansium parasiticum tree plantation and rambutan fruit tree plantation - Rambutan. The place is rich in orchid plants.


The prevailing climatic conditions in the municipality is categorized into two (2) types: Wet Season - Wet season and Dry Season.

  • Wet Season (Rainy Season or Monsoon Season)
  • Dry Season (Summer Season)
Climate data for San Pablo, Laguna
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 29
Average low °C (°F) 20
Average precipitation cm (inches) 1.7


San Pablo City is politically subdivided into 80 barangays.[2]


According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 248,890 people,[3] up from 237,259 people and 44,166 households in the 2007 census. In 2005 Santa Rosa surpassed it as the fourth largest city or town in Laguna, reducing it to fifth in rank after Calamba, San Pedro, Biñan, and Santa Rosa.

Ethnicity and Language

The language spoken in the city and the medium of instruction in schools are English and Tagalog.


Tourism and recreation

The Seven Lakes of San Pablo, seven crater lakes scattered around the city, have for many generations provided food and livelihood, leisure and respite for the citizens of the city. A bustling city of trade and commerce, it is also a center of education and learning with schools, colleges, and training institutions.

Lake Sampaloc

Hacienda Escudero Plantation Resort Town is the largest planned community investment in the city covering 415 hectares. The resort has the richness of cocunut plantation, and provides serenading Filipino songs and Bayanihan Dances (Folk Dances).

Public Playground and Sampalok Lake (Katuparan ng Pangarap: Fulfillment of Dreams) is a public playground in the city built during the term of mayor Atty. Zacarias Africa Ticzon, who as well improved tourism places around Lake Sampaloc, that is near the municipal City Hall. Both places serve as haven for sports, and recreation. The vicinity for tourism consequently encouraged small businesses for restaurants of native dishes catering visitors of the area. It has dramatically contributed income for the city.

Business, commerce, and industry

At the end of the 20th century and the start of the 21st century, economic development seemed to have left and completely ignored San Pablo. While San Pedro, Biñan City, Santa Rosa City, Cabuyao City, Calamba City, Los Baños, and Santa Cruz experienced rapid economic development brought about by local and foreign investments, the rapid growth of industrial estates and export processing zones, and the placement of major institutions in those areas, San Pablo City was left behind and remained as a semi-developed residential community.

Center of San Pablo City

Despite the fact that the city was partly touched by economic development, San Pablo City boasts itself as a potential eco-tourism destination in the province. However, given its human and land resources, various BPO companies are seriously looking at developing the city into the ICT hub of Southern Luzon. Although there were previous attempts to build a similar establishment, SM Prime Holdings was given its go signal in July 2008 to push ahead for SM City San Pablo located at Riverina Commercial Estates along Maharlika Highway at Brgy San Rafael.

Apart from this, the development of the Hacienda Escudero plantation resort town and nearby real estates, which is a joint venture with Landco, is by far the largest planned community investment in the city covering 415 hectares:It will include resort type communities; the original Villa Escudero Plantations as the center-piece; commercial establishments like a mall, hotels, and a convention center to be built relative to the distinctive architecture theme of the original Villa Escudero. As such Hacienda Escudero will become the ultimate history town themed community in this part of the country.

ABS-CBN San Pablo Channel 46 is serving the city through its office along Rizal Avenue at the heart of the city.

San Pablo City is home to showrooms, marketing, and parts/servicing centers of Honda Cars Laguna; Ford San Pablo; Isuzu San Pablo; Hyundai San Pablo; Mitsubishi (SFM) San Pablo; Nissan Southwoods-San Pablo; and Toyota San Pablo.

San Pablo also claims the title City of Buko Pie - Buko Pie", which is a disputed title as other neighboring towns are also known for producing the delicacy. "Colettes' Buko Pie", based in San Pablo, was known for experimenting with different variants of the delicacy, though the first buko pie store is in Los Baños, "D' Original Buko Pie" store. Buko pie is acknowledged to have originated from Los Baños - University of the Philippines - Los Banos, as an invention of a Food Technologist from UPLB - University of the Philippines, Los Banos Campus. Thus, the more popular term: "Los Baños Buko Pie." The supply of coconut in San Pablo, though, makes it an ideal spot for putting up buko pie shops.

Franklin Baker Company, one of the well-known companies with operations in San Pablo City, has announced that its plant in San Pablo City will cease its operations and transfer to another existing facility, owned by the said company, in Davao del Sur by December 2008. The said decision could affect the jobs of at least 1,200 persons, the majority of them San Pableños. Various factors are blamed for this closure, including the conversion of big coconut farms into residential areas.[4] However, production was restored in the first quarter of 2009 in the san pablo plant of Franklin Baker Company due to processing problems encountered at Davao del Sur.

Local government

New City Hall of San Pablo

City officials (2013-2016):[1]

List of former municipal executives


No. Name Year Started Year Ended
a Honorable Bartolome Maghayon 1647 First Governadorcillo
1 Honorable Domingo Ticzon M.D. 1771 1773
2 Unknown 1774 1859
3 Honorable Engr. Juan Ticzon 1860 1864
4 Unknown 1865 1877
5 Honorable Atty. Zacarias Sarmiento Ticzon 1878 1879
6 Unknown 1880 1890
7 Honorable Teodoro Sarmiento Ticzon 1891 1894
8 Honorable Cristeto Emralino Ticzon 1895 1898
9 Honorable Atty. Innocente Martinez 1899 1901 Mayor
10 Honorable Dr. Potenciano Malvar 1941 Governor of Laguna
11 Honorable Dr. Manuel Quisumbing 1941 Municipal President
12 Honorable Tomas D. Dizon 1943
13 Honorable Atty. Alfonso P. Farcon 1944
14 Honorable Dr. Fernando A. Bautista 1946 1949
15 Honorable Marciano E. Brion, Sr. 1949 1952
16 Honorable Artemio D. Fule 1952 1953
17 Honorable Tomas D. Dizon 1954 1955


No. Name Year Started Year Ended
1 Honorable Marcos Paulino 1902 American Rule
2 Unknown 1926 1940, Governor of Laguna
3 Honorable Cipriano B. Colago 1955 1959
4 Honorable Lauro Dizon 1960 1963
5 Honorable Atty. Zacarias Africa Ticzon 1964 1967
6 Honorable Cesar P. Dizon 1968 1986
7 Honorable Atty. Zacarias Africa Ticzon 1986 1992
8 Honorable Vicente B. Amante 1992 2001
9 Honorable Florante L. Aquino 2001 2004
10 Honorable Vicente B. Amante 2004 2013
11 Loreto S. Amante 2013

League of Barangay Chairman

Barangay Chairman Barangay Chairman Barangay Chairman Barangay Chairman
II-A Rodelson S. Himor VI-B Billy Palma San Cristobal Benjamin Felismino II San Vicente Renato Pasajol
II-B Leonardo "ACE" Villanueva VI-D Generoso Bartolome San Diego Estelito Reyes Santa Ana Ranilo Velasco
II-C Ramon Panganiban VI-E Mauricio Casalme San Francisco Dandi Medina Santa Catalina Honesto Baldovino
II-D Albert Wico VII-A Joel Katigbak San Gabriel Efren Janolino Santa Cruz Sherwin Perez
II-E Nicasio Janolino VII-B William T. Lim San Gregorio Rene Calabia Santa Elena Dorben Roa
III-A Glenn Avanzado VII-D Fernando See San Isidro Zoilo Dela Paz Santa Isabel Teody Marcelo
III-B Ferdinand Reyes VII-E Ronelio Mendoza San Joaquin Conrado Samsaman Santa Maria Restituto Pere
III-C Ramil Enobio Atisan Celso Guevarra San Jose Gener Amante (League President) Santa Maria Magdalena Carmelita Amante (League Vice-President)
III-D Arnel R. Ticzon (League Auditor) Bagong Bayan (I-C) Buhay Espiritu San Juan Balbino Escueta (League Treasurer) Santa Monica Daniel Asejo
III-E Romeo III Maghirang Bagong Pook (VI-C) Ernesto Carreon San Lorenzo Agustin Panopio Santa Veronica Proceso Manalo
III-F Peter S. Chan Bautista Evelyn Samson San Lucas 1 Eduardo Demejes Santiago I Ariel Diangkinay
IV-A Herbert Torres Ticzon Concepcion Ernesto M. Banting San Lucas 2 Edgardo Aquino Santiago II Edgardo Manalo
IV-B Fernando Delos Santos Del Remedio Ronaldo Reyes San Marcos Rolando Cosico Santisimo Rosario Cresencia Calabia
IV-C Adeling Malabuyoc Dolores Fred E. Espiritu San Mateo Rodelo Arceo Santo Angel Fernando Diokno
V-A Alfredo Almario San Antonio 1 Javier Icaro San Miguel Jaime Mulimbayan Santo Cristo Eduardo Ruidera
V-B Rosilon Exconde San Antonio 2 Edwin Alvero San Nicolas Bernabe Cuello Santo Niño Ernesto Quezada
V-C Marytess Tala V-D Clarito Angeles San Bartolome Reymundo De Castro San Pedro Macario P. Almario (+) Soledad Romeo Gonzales


Communication system:

  • Landline and mobile telephone companies - PLDT and Digitel, Smart/Talk and Text/Red Mobile, Globe/Touch Mobile (TM), Sun Cellular


  • Electricity - Meralco
  • Water - San Pablo City Water District


Town Festivities and Events

  • barangays are scheduled every night and is dubbed as Cultural Extravaganza. One of the most awaited events during this celebration is the Coronation Ball of the Mutya ng San Pablo, a dinner dance and fashion show featuring the candidates in gowns and terno creations by local cotouriers. A Foodfair and Exhibit are also a part of the festivities where the water treasures of San Pablo are cooked in coconut milk. The highlight of the celebration is the Street Dancing or Mardi Gras where different schools compete in the beat of themed music and the participants donned in costumes decorated with materials from coconut. This also includes the Parade of floats decorated with coconut materials as well. The parade passes along the main thoroughfare wherein houses and establishments are adorned and decorated with coconuts. The festival is ended with the Display of Fireworks on the evening of the 15th, the day of the fiesta (Feast Day).
  • Celebration of traditional Holy Week, and during Holy Friday - (Passion of Christ).


Education in the Philippines - Education in the country is patterned from both of educational systems of Spain and the United States of America. However, after the liberation of the Philippines in 1946, Filipinos then had moved in various directions of its own. Elementary and high school education is compulsory, and is administered nationally by the Department of Education (Philippines), along with the assurance of funding for school services and equipments, recruitment of teachers for all public schools, and the supervising and organization of the education curricula. Based on the current education system of the Philippines, students should enter elementary schools at the age of six or seven, and for a duration of six years. Then, at the age of 12 or 13, students then enter high schools for a duration of four years, with a total of ten years of compulsory education. All public and private elementary schools, high schools and colleges and universities in the Philippines start classes from early June to mid June and end from mid March to early April.

The School Division - Department of Education of San Pablo City is divided into seven school districts, each headed by a district supervisor. The various school districts are Ambray, Dapdapan, Del Remedio, Fule-Almeda, Lakeside, San Francisco, Santo Angel. San Pablo City has 13 public high school, one private university, and several colleges and private schools.

List of schools, colleges and university

List of colleges

School Location Courses Offered
San Pablo Colleges Hermanos Belen Street Professional and Short Courses, Masteral, Doctorate
Laguna College Paseo De Escudero Professional and Short Courses, Masteral
Laguna State Polytechnic University Brgy. Del Remedio Professional and Short Courses, Masteral, Doctorate
Canossa College Lakeside Park Subdivision Professional Courses
STI College Lim Chok Bldg., Lopez Jaena Street Professional and Short Courses
MSC Institute of Technology San Gabriel, San Pablo City Junior and Senior High School,Vocational and Short Courses
Montessori Professional College Brgy. Del Remedio Vocational and Short Courses
Capellan Institute of Technology Rizal Avenue Technical and Short Courses
Dalubhasaan ng Lungsod ng San Pablo Brgy. San Jose Professional, Vocational, and Short Courses
Datamex Institute of Computer Technology 2nd Floor Trading Building, P. Zamora Street, Barangay VII-B Short Courses
Chrisville Institute of Technology, Inc. 4/F Roan Bldg. M. Basa St Short Courses

List of schools (pre-elementary, elementary and high schools)

School Location School Type Levels
Frontline Christian Academy 202 Maharlika Highway, Brgy. San Francisco Private Pre-elementary, Elementary, High School
Academia de San Ignacio de Loyola Vesco Subd., Schetelig Avenue, Concepcion Private Pre-elementary, Elementary, High School
Crest Christian School Lumang Kalsada, San Francisco Calihan Private Pre-elementary, Elementary, High School
St. Joseph School Colago Avenue Private Pre-elementary, Elementary and High School
Liceo de San Pablo M. Paulino, Brgy. III-B Private Elementary and High School
Open Door Christian Academy Fule-Sahagun St., Brgy. VII – A Private Pre-elementary, Elementary, High School
San Pablo City National High School Lakeside Park Subd., San Pablo City Public High School
San Jose National High School Brgy San Jose, San Pablo City Public High School
San Vicente National High School Brgy San Vicente, San Pablo City Public High School
Del Remedio National High School Brgy Del Remedio, San Pablo City Public High School
Dolores National High School Brgy Dolores, San Pablo City Public High School
San Bartolome National High School Brgy San Bartolome, San Pablo City Public High School
Colonel Lauro M Dizon Memorial National High School A. Mabini St, San Pablo City Public High School
Sto Angel National High School Brgy Sto. Angel, San Pablo City Public High School
Home of Learning Christian Academy Inc. M. Paulino St., corner Balagtas Blvd., Brgy, III-B Private Pre-Elementary
Scuola San Giuseppe Marello Montelago Estate, Brgy. Sto. Niño, San Pablo City Private Pre-Elementary, Elementary

Under the administratorship of former city councilor, an educator: Pablo Ortega Ticzon as the pioneer administrator. The college has continuously bred many professionals of the city as a government college and has flourished beautifully, both in academics and campus landscape. It has serve as an inspiration for the poor and middle class folk to have an education.

Mayor Vicente B. Amante serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees.


  • Cable TV Providers - Telmarc Cable, Celestron, Cignal, Dream Satellite
  • Radio Networks - DZSP-AM 864 Sonshine Radio (defunct), DWJY-FM Radyo5 94.3 (defunct), Kabayan 95.9
  • Television Networks - ABS-CBN San Pablo TV 46, CTS-TV 6
  • Print Media, Publishing network, Newspaper - The Herald

Sister cities


  1. ^ a b "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: LAGUNA". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "83-year-old factory to close, render 1,200 workers jobless -".  

External links

  • Official Website of San Pablo City, Laguna, Philippines
  • San Pablo City
  • Philippine Standard Geographic Code
  • Philippine Census Information
  • Local Governance Performance Management System
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