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Santa Cruz
Municipality of Santa Cruz
Municipal Hall
Municipal Hall
Official seal of Santa Cruz
Nickname(s): 
Laguna's Capital, The Heartland of Calabarzon
Motto(s): 
Bayan natin, Sama-Samang Unahin, Santa Cruz, Kaya natin! Arriba Kabisera!
Anthem: Himno ng Santa Cruz
Map of Laguna with Santa Cruz highlighted
Map of Laguna with Santa Cruz highlighted
OpenStreetMap
Santa Cruz is located in Philippines
Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°17′N 121°25′E / 14.28°N 121.42°E / 14.28; 121.42Coordinates: 14°17′N 121°25′E / 14.28°N 121.42°E / 14.28; 121.42
CountryPhilippines
RegionCalabarzon
ProvinceLaguna
District 4th district
FoundedSeptember 6, 1602
Barangays26 (see Barangays)
Government
[1]
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorEdgar S. San Luis (Aksyon)
 • Vice MayorLaarni A. Malibiran (PROMDI)
 • RepresentativeMaria Jamina Katherine B. Agarao (PDP–Laban)
 • Municipal Council
Members
 • Electorate72,275 voters (2019)
Area
 • Total38.59 km2 (14.90 sq mi)
Elevation
12 m (39 ft)
Highest elevation
54 m (177 ft)
Lowest elevation
0 m (0 ft)
Population
 (2020 census) [3]
 • Total123,574
 • Density3,200/km2 (8,300/sq mi)
 • Households
27,061
Economy
 • Income class1st municipal income class
 • Poverty incidence1.98% (2018)[4]
 • Revenue₱393,292,594.10 (2020)
 • Assets₱475,945,817.59 (2020)
 • Expenditure₱408,330,516.11 (2020)
 • Liabilities₱110,094,736.45 (2020)
Service provider
 • ElectricityManila Electric Company (Meralco)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
4009
PSGC
IDD:area code+63 (0)49
Native languagesTagalog

Santa Cruz, officially the Municipality of Santa Cruz (Tagalog: Bayan ng Santa Cruz), is a 1st class municipality and capital of the province of Laguna, Philippines. According to the 2020 census, it has a population of 123,574 people. [3]

Santa Cruz is situated on the banks of the Santa Cruz River which flows into the eastern part of Laguna de Bay. The town is bounded by the Bay on the north, by Lumban and Pagsanjan towns in the east, Pagsanjan and Magdalena towns in the south, and Pila in the west. It is 88 kilometres (55 mi) from Manila via Calamba and Los Baños. It is accessible by land from Metro Manila passing through Rizal Province via Manila East Road or via South Luzon Expressway

Santa Cruz is considered as the service and commercial center on the eastern part of the province. The town is composed of five barangays in the Poblacion area and 21 classified urban barangays. Although relatively far from the immediate urbanizing influence of Metropolitan Manila, Santa Cruz continues to progress. It is now classified as first class municipality. The present administration is headed by the Mayor Egay San Luis Sr.. Santa Cruz is also the seat of the provincial government since 1885, giving the municipality an additional administrative function over the entire province. It also functions as the service center for transportation, commerce, health, education, and other social services for the predominantly rural north-eastern municipalities of the province. Boosting the economy of the municipality are the incipient and fast-growing agribusiness industries such as livestock raising, horticulture and aquaculture. The town is composed of twenty-six (26) urban barangays. All barangays are being classified as urban.

The development of Santa Cruz as the administrative, commercial, and service center of Laguna makes it accessible for all private/public vehicles going to nearby places particularly Pagsanjan, Lake Caliraya, Liliw, Paete and Nagcarlan.

History

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During the last decade of the 16th century, Santa Cruz was once a well populated barrio of the present municipality of Lumban, as well as other contemporary towns like Pagsanjan, Cavinti, Paete and Pangil. On September 6, 1602, Santa Cruz separated from Lumban and became a pueblo with its church and local government.

Since its foundation in 1602, the town had been ravaged by calamitous forces such as fires, typhoons, floods and human vandalism during the Philippine Revolution of 1896–1899, the war of the Philippine Independence (1899–1902), Battle of Santa Cruz, the assault of the Tulisanes (bandits) during the Spanish times. The Filipino troops of the pre-war 4th and 42nd Infantry Division of the Philippine Commonwealth Army and recognized guerrillas also came from the town and was involved in the Second Battle of Santa Cruz on January 26, 1945.

Characterized by fertile flat lands situated along the coastal plains of Laguna de Bay, the economic base of the town had been traditionally anchored on two primary industries, namely agriculture and fishing which still remain up to the present. In view of the strategic location of Santa Cruz relative to the other coastal settlements about the lake, trading activities have likewise rooted on the town during those early settlement days. The town proper which has always been the focal point of activities used to be accessible to the other lake-shore areas due to the navigable Santa Cruz River aside from the Laguna de Bay itself. Since those early days, water is the principal mode of transportation.

Today, Santa Cruz serves as the capital of Laguna and is considered as the business and commercial center on the eastern part of the province.

Geography

Situated at the central portion of Laguna province along the south-eastern coast of Laguna de Bay, Santa Cruz lies 87 kilometres (54 mi) southeast of Metro Manila via Calamba and is geographically located at approximately 14 degrees 17' latitude and 121 degrees 25' longitude. The municipality is bounded on the north and north-west by Laguna de Bay, on the north-east by Lumban, on the east by Pagsanjan, on the southeast by Magdalena, on the south by Liliw, and on the south-west by Pila. It has 26 barangays and covers approximate land area of 3860 hectares which comprises about 2% of the total land area of Laguna Province.

Geology

The two types of rocks found in Santa Cruz are alluvium and clastic rocks. Clastic rocks are located at the eastern portion of the municipality specifically in Barangay Alipit, San Jose, Oogong, Jasaan, San Juan, Palasan, and portions of Barangays Pagsawitan, Patimbao, Bubukal, Labuin and Malinao. These rocks consist of inter-bedded shale and sandstone with occasional thin lenses of limestone, tuff, and reworked sandy tuffs, calcareous sandstone and partly tuffaceous shale.

Climate

Like most areas in the province of Laguna, the climate of Santa Cruz is characterized by two pronounced seasons: dry from January to April and wet during the rest of the year. The municipality has annual temperature of 27.2 degree Celsius and annual rainfall of 1962.7mm. Northeasterly winds with an average wind speed of 9 knots prevail in the municipality.

Climate data for Santa Cruz, Laguna
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 26
(79)
27
(81)
29
(84)
31
(88)
31
(88)
30
(86)
29
(84)
29
(84)
29
(84)
29
(84)
28
(82)
26
(79)
29
(84)
Average low °C (°F) 22
(72)
22
(72)
22
(72)
23
(73)
24
(75)
25
(77)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
24
(75)
23
(73)
23
(74)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 58
(2.3)
41
(1.6)
32
(1.3)
29
(1.1)
91
(3.6)
143
(5.6)
181
(7.1)
162
(6.4)
172
(6.8)
164
(6.5)
113
(4.4)
121
(4.8)
1,307
(51.5)
Average rainy days 13.4 9.3 9.1 9.8 19.1 22.9 26.6 24.9 25.0 21.4 16.5 16.5 214.5
Source: Meteoblue [5]

Barangays

Santa Cruz is politically subdivided into 26 barangays.[6]

Demographics

Population census of Santa Cruz
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 12,747—    
1918 14,156+0.70%
1939 17,649+1.06%
1948 22,534+2.75%
1960 32,850+3.19%
1970 47,114+3.67%
1975 52,672+2.26%
1980 60,620+2.85%
1990 76,603+2.37%
1995 86,978+2.41%
2000 92,694+1.37%
2007 101,914+1.32%
2010 110,943+3.14%
2015 117,605+1.12%
2020 123,574+0.98%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][7][8][9][10]

In the 2020 census, the population of Santa Cruz, Laguna, was 123,574 people, [3] with a density of 3,200 inhabitants per square kilometre or 8,300 inhabitants per square mile.

Economy


Commerce

The provincial capital of Laguna, Santa Cruz serves as service center of the province particularly for the municipalities on its north-eastern part.

Trade and commerce remain to be one of the primary economic activities in the locality. The presence of jeepney services plying Lumban, Paete, Siniloan, San Pablo, Pila, Victoria, Cavinti-Caliraya, Luisiana, Majayjay, Calumpang, Nagcarlan, Liliw, Magdalena, Pagsanjan, Lucban, Lucena and Calamba has further enhanced the municipality's role as a commerce and trade center.

The center of business activities is in the poblacion specifically at Barangay V where the four (4) buildings of Public Market is situated.

Santa Cruz has many establishment that contribute to its development. Development in this vicinity has been a quasi-residential commercial type as manifested by the proliferation of structures which are used both for business and residential purposes by the proprietors/owners. There is also a concentration of business establishments at the section of the national highway/expressway especially Barangay Gatid where a Mall is located, and the abandoned PNR Railway (road) while a strip pattern of commercial development is noticeable along the Quezon Avenue and along the old highway and Pedro Guevarra Avenue. Along P Guevarra Avenue, several establishments are also located such as Hospitals, Meralco office, PLDT office, Red Cross, several Banking Institutions, and Executive Eminent Lending Company. There is also SL Agritech Corporation, in Barangay Oogong, Santa Cruz, Laguna.

Tax collection

Annual local government collection:

Points of interest

Santa Cruz may not have natural tourist spots and no wide areas to develop but one thing the townsmen of Santa Cruz are proud of are the local foods available in the town. Santa Cruz boasts of the famous white cheese or kesong puti, freshly made from carabao's milk.

Gallery

Events

Santa Cruz hosted the Palarong Pambansa from May 4–10, 2014.[18]

Festivals

List of Mayors

Mayors (1995-Present)

Government

Second San Luis Cabinet (2022-2025)
Name Position Party
Representatives
Hon. Maria Jamina Katherine Agarao Congresswoman PDP-Laban
Mayor
Egay San Luis Mayor Aksyon
Vice Mayor
Laarni Malibiran Vice Mayor PROMBI
Councilor's
Ambiel Panganiban 1st Councilor Aksyon
Ate Lea Almarves 2nd Councilor Independent
Trophy Tolentino 3rd Councilor Aksyon
Dr. Niño De Las Armas 4th Councilor Independent
Pasirit Kalaw 5th Councilor Independent
Macmac Joven 6th Councilor PROMBI
Lucena "Lola Lucy" Odejar 7th Councilor Aksyon
Alan Pamatmat 8th Councilor Aksyon
First San Luis Cabinet (2019-2022)
Name Position Party
Mayor
Egay San Luis Mayor NP
Vice Mayor
Laarni Malibiran Vice Mayor KDP
Councilor's
Louie De Leon 1st Councilor NP
Ambiel Panganiban 2nd Councilor NP
Ate Lea Almarves 3rd Councilor PDP-Laban
Monching Tan 4th Councilor NP
Macmac Joven 5th Councilor Independent
Efren Diaz 6th Councilor Independent
Lucena "Lola lucy" Odejar 7th Councilor NP
Alan Pamatmat 8th Councilor NP
Fourth Panganiban Cabinet (2016-2019)
Name Position Party
Mayor
Domingo Panganiban Mayor Liberal
Vice Mayor
Louie De Leon Vice Mayor Liberal
Councilor's
Laarni Malibiran 1st Councilor Independent
Rizaldy Kalaw 2nd Councilor Liberal
Florencio "Boy" Odejar 3rd Councilor Liberal
Batchie Pamatmat 4th Councilor Liberal
Ronald Obligacion 5th Councilor Liberal
Monching Tan 6th Councilor Independent
Totoy San Juan 7th Councilor Liberal
Olan Acapulco 8th Councilor Liberal
Third Panganiban Cabinet (2013-2016)
Name Position Party
Mayor
Domingo Panganiban Mayor Liberal
Vice Mayor
Louie De Leon Vice Mayor Liberal
Councilor's
1st Councilor
2nd Councilor
3rd Councilor
4th Councilor
5th Councilor
6th Councilor
7th Councilor
8th Councilor
Second Panganiban Cabinet (2010-2013)
Name Position Party
Mayor
Domingo Panganiban Mayor PMP
Vice Mayor
Vice Mayor
Councilor's
1st Councilor
2nd Councilor
3rd Councilor
4th Councilor
5th Councilor
6th Councilor
7th Councilor
8th Councilor
First Magcalas Cabinet (2007-2010)
Name Position Party
Mayor
Ariel Magcalas Mayor Lakas-CMD
Vice Mayor
Vice Mayor
Councilor's
1st Councilor
2nd Councilor
3rd Councilor
4th Councilor
5th Councilor
6th Councilor
7th Councilor
8th Councilor

Elections

2022 Santa Cruz local election

2022 Santa Cruz Mayoral election
Party Candidate Votes %
Aksyon Edgar San Luis Sr.
(Incumbent)
33,062 50.97
PDP–Laban Benjamin Agarao Jr. 31,809 49.03
Total votes 64,871 100.00
Aksyon hold
2022 Santa Cruz Vice mayoral election
Party Candidate Votes %
PROMDI Laarni Malibiran (Incumbent) 37,099 59.74
Aksyon Louie De Leon 24,997 40.26
Total votes 62,096 100.00
PROMDI hold
2022 Santa Cruz Council election
Party Candidate Votes %
Aksyon Ambiel Panganiban (Incumbent) 34,775 52.15
Independent Ate Lea Almarves (Incumbent) 29,711 44.55
Aksyon Trophy Tolentino 27,828 41.73
Independent Doc. Niño De Las Armas 26,911 40.36
Independent Pasirit Kalaw 26,626 39.93
PROMDI Macmac Joven (Incumbent) 25,087 37.62
Aksyon Lucena "Lola lucy" Odejar (Incumbent) 25,087 37.02
Aksyon Alan Pamatmat (Incumbent) 24,667 36.99
Aksyon Efren Diaz (Incumbent) 24,322 36.47
Aksyon Angelito Joven 22,537 33.80
Aksyon Ramon Tan (Incumbent) 22,179 33.26
Aksyon Obi Gabinete 22,096 33.13
Independent Totoy San Juan 21,494 32.23
Independent Mia Martinez 21,145 31.71
Independent Demmer Halili 18,990 28.48
Independent Eric Ambrocio 16,543 24.81
Independent Renato Ernas 15,717 23.57
Independent Percy San Miguel 8,522 12.78
Independent Ramonito Lauta 1,459 2.19
Total votes 415,696 –––.––
Aksyon hold

2019 Santa Cruz local election

2019 Santa Cruz Mayoral election
Party Candidate Votes %
Nacionalista Edgar San Luis Sr. 25,075 48.09
PDP–Laban Joseph Kris Benjamin Agarao 23,547 45.16
KDP Ariel Magcalas 3,521 6.75
Total votes 52,143 100.00
Nacionalista hold
2019 Santa Cruz Vice mayoral election
Party Candidate Votes %
KDP Laarni Malibiran 23,149 45.38
Nacionalista Domingo "Dennis" Panganiban 15,189 29.78
PDP–Laban Rizaldy "Pasirit" Kalaw 12,669 24.84
Total votes 51,007 100.00
KDP hold

2016 Santa Cruz local election

2016 Santa Cruz Mayoral election
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Domingo Panganiban 32,605 69.07
UNA Ariel Magcalas 14,604 30.93
Total votes 47,209 100.00
Liberal hold
2016 Santa Cruz Vice Mayoral election
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Louie De Leon 25,836 55.99
UNA Efren Diaz 20,306 44.01
Total votes 46,142 100.00
Liberal hold

2013 Santa Cruz local election

2013 Santa Cruz Mayoral elections
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Domingo Panganiban (Incumbent) 21,770 54.73
Independent Ramon Tan 9,187 23.10
UNA Ariel Magcalas 8,821 22.18
Total votes 41,598 100.00
Liberal hold
2013 Santa Cruz Vice mayoral election
Party Candidate Votes %
Liberal Louie De Leon 25,909 71.02
Independent Bryan Lateo 10,571 28.98
Total votes 41,598 100.00
Liberal hold

2010 Santa Cruz local election

2010 Santa Cruz Mayoral election
Party Candidate Votes %
PMP Domingo Panganiban 15,908 37.92
Liberal Benjamin Agarao Jr. 13,867 33.06
Lakas–Kampi Ariel Magcalas 12,175 29.02
Total votes 41,950 100.00
PMP hold

Education

Partial list of schools

Hospitals

Private Hospitals: 4 Rural Health Units: 2 Government Hospital: 1

Health Centers
26

Notable people

Sister cities

References

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Preceded byPagsanjan Capital of Laguna 1858–present Incumbent