Santa Ana, Manila
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Cities of the Philippines
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Manila is the capital of the Philippines. It is one of the sixteen cities forming Metro Manila.Manila is located on the eastern shores of Manila Bay and is bordered by Navotas and Caloocan to the north, Quezon City to the northeast, San Juan and Mandaluyong to the east, Makati on the southeast,...

Population (2007) 178,769
Density per km²
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A barangay is the smallest administrative division in the Philippines and is the native Filipino term for a village, district or ward...

Cong. Districts 6th District

Santa Ana is a district of the City of Manila in the Philippines
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, located at the southeast banks of the Pasig River
Pasig River
The Pasig River is a river in the Philippines that connects Laguna de Bay to Manila Bay. Stretching for , it is lined by Metro Manila on each side...

, bounded on the northeast by Mandaluyong City, Makati City to the east, southwest is the Manila district of Paco
Paco, Manila
Paco, is a district of Manila, Philippines. It is located south of Pasig River, and San Miguel, west of Santa Ana, southwest of Pandacan, north of Malate, northwest of San Andres, and east of Ermita. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 64,184 people in 13,438 households...

, and to the west, Pandacan
Pandacan, Manila
Pandacan is a district of the City of Manila in the Philippines, located south of the banks of the Pasig River and belongs under the 6th congressional district of Manila, divided into thirty eight barangays that includes Zone 90 to Zone 95 and barangays 833 to 872.-Profile:Based on a year 2000...


Santa Ana belongs to the 6th congressional district of Manila with thirty-two barangays from Zone 96 to 100, barangays 874 to 905. Based on the 2000 national census, the National Statistics Office
National Statistics Office (Philippines)
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 reports that Santa Ana has about 34,694 households, and an approximate 83,306 registered voters based on the national elections of 2004.


The original name of Santa Ana before the arrival of the Spanish
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 conquistadors was Namayan, a small settlement whose last recorded rulers were Lakan Tagkan or Lacantagean, and his wife Queen Buwan or Bouan ("Moon"). The Muslim
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 kingdom’s domain stretched from what is now Mandaluyong, Makati, Pasay, and the Manila districts of Pandacan and Paco.
The Spaniards established settlements in Santa Ana, that served as the seat of Namayan, with the area awarded to the Franciscan
Most Franciscans are members of Roman Catholic religious orders founded by Saint Francis of Assisi. Besides Roman Catholic communities, there are also Old Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, ecumenical and Non-denominational Franciscan communities....

 missionaries. They were the first to establish a mission beyond the walls of Intramuros, the Spanish colonial seat of power in Manila, in 1578. The church as it stands today was first built in 1720 and is known as the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Abandoned (Nuestra Senora de los Desamparados).


When the Catholic missionaries asked the natives the name of the area, they pointed to the banks of the Pasig River. The locals responded with "sapa" or the Tagalog
Tagalog language
Tagalog is an Austronesian language spoken as a first language by a third of the population of the Philippines and as a second language by most of the rest. It is the first language of the Philippine region IV and of Metro Manila...

 word for marshes, thinking they were referring to the terrain instead of the place name.

The Franciscan missionaries henceforth dedicated the district to Saint Anne
Saint Anne
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, the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and called it, Santa Ana de Sapa, or "Saint Anne of the Marshes".

2011 Heritage Issues

Through the Community Based Heritage Tourism, The Lola Grande Foundation and Fundacion Santiago. Sta. Ana Manila was Declared as a heritage site. This means that you cannot alter or demolish any structure within the area without securing consent from Ms. Gemma Cruz Araneta (former Ms. Universe) Ms. Sylvia Lichauco and The Fundacion Santiago. All three must consent before securing any permits since they have the power to revoke any permits. They prohibit any business from putting up in the area. Moreover, it is highly discouraged for anyone to buy any house within the heritage zone since you cannot have any right to alter your own property.

Lichauco Heritage House

The Lichauco House was declared a heritage house and is open to public for viewing. Any school or organization who wishes to visit the house may do so since it operates on public funding. It opens from 8:00am till 5:00pm. Charges are minimal. Any donation may be helpful in maintaing the house since major repair are necessary to save it from further deterioration

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