District of Manila
Aerial view of Paco
RegionNational Capital Region
Congressional districtsPart of the 5th and 6th districts of Manila
 • Total69,300

Paco, formerly known as Dilao, is a district of Manila, Philippines located south of the Pasig River, and San Miguel, west of Santa Ana, southwest of Pandacan, north of Malate, northwest of San Andres Bukid, and east of Ermita. According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 64,184 people in 13,438 households.[2]


Municipal Market, 1911
Municipal Market, 1911

Paco was known as Dilao because of the Amaryllis plants that were once plentiful in this district.[3] Dilao or dilaw is a Tagalog word for the color yellow. Although, some sources say,[4][5] it was named Dilao or "Yellow Plaza" by the Spanish settlers because of the Japanese migrants who lived there, describing their physiognomy. Spanish Franciscan missionaries founded the town of Paco as early as 1580.[3]

The name Dilao was used until 1791. The name San Fernando was added, making it San Fernando de Dilao.[3] In the 19th century, the town of San Fernando de Dilao was given the nickname of Paco (which means Francisco). Paco, along with Sampaloc, Santa Ana, San Juan del Monte, and San Pedro de Macati became the second largest district to become part of Manila.[6] It came to be known as Paco de Dilao[7] and eventually Paco, as it is known today.

The Japanese had established an enclave quite early or Nihonmachi at Dilao, a suburb of Manila, where they numbered between 300 and 400 in 1593. A statue of Takayama can be found there. In 1603, during the Sangley rebellion, they numbered 1,500, and 3,000 in 1606. The Franciscan friar Luis Sotelo was involved in the support of the Dilao enclave between 1600 and 1608.

The Japanese led an abortive rebellion in Dilao against the Spanish in 1606-1607. Their numbers rose again during the interdiction of Christianity by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1614, when 300 Japanese Christian refugees under Takayama Ukon settled in the Philippines. As population assimilated to native population, numbers dimmed. However there are today around 200,000 recorded Japanese people in the Philippines, based on modern day immigrants' records distinct from the population of colonial era immigrants which assimilated to the native population.

Paco was incorporated as one of the eleven municipal districts of the new city of Manila in June 1901.

From 1907 to 1949, Paco was part of the 2nd congressional district of Manila. Reapportionment of districts made Paco part of the 4th district from 1949 to 1972. In the 1987 constitution, Paco was split to the 5th and 6th congressional districts (with the fifth covering the southern half and the sixth covering the northern areas).


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Plaza Dilao marker on the foreground, and Takayama's statue on the background.
Plaza Dilao marker on the foreground, and Takayama's statue on the background.
Facade of the Paco railway station.
Facade of the Paco railway station.

The San Fernando de Dilao Parish Church is a Catholic church that serves as the temporary seat of the Archdiocese of Manila until the renovations of the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros are finished

A Sikh Temple and Unilever Philippines is located on United Nations Avenue. Unilever was moved to Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. There is a ten-minute walk away is a Hindu temple at Looban Street. There are car dealers like Toyota, Ford, Hyundai, Nissan, and Honda. Presently, Dilao is traversed by Quirino Avenue. A loop road from Quirino Avenue is named Plaza Dilao to commemorate the once flourishing Japanese and the Japanese-Filipino communities and districts there in Japantown in Manila.

Paco Park, was a former municipal cemetery of the old city of Manila, and once contained the remains of Philippine national hero, José Rizal and the GOMBURZA priests.

The Osmeña Highway starts in this district and it leads to Calabarzon region via South Luzon Expressway that starts in Makati.

Philippine National Railways owns and operates the Paco railway station.

The Paco Public Market located along the edge of Estero de Paco was designed by William Parsons and built in 1911.

Schools include the Colegio de la Inmaculada Concepcion de la Concordia, or simple Concordia College, and the Paco Catholic School.

See also


  1. ^ a b Final Results - 2007 Census of Population Archived 2008-11-20 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Philippine Census NCR Quickstat". Archived from the original on 7 February 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Yahoo | Mail, Weather, Search, Politics, News, Finance, Sports & Videos". Archived from the original on 2009-10-21.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-05-07. Retrieved 2008-02-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-02-24. Retrieved 2008-02-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Beyond the Walls". Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  7. ^ ":: Malaya - The National Newspaper ::". 25 October 2007. Archived from the original on 25 October 2007. Retrieved 23 February 2019.

Coordinates: 14°34′59″N 120°58′59″E / 14.583°N 120.983°E / 14.583; 120.983