Santa Elena
Santa Elena is located in Metro Manila
Santa Elena
Santa Elena
Coordinates: 14°37′57.41″N 121°6′0.52″E / 14.6326139°N 121.1001444°E / 14.6326139; 121.1001444Coordinates: 14°37′57.41″N 121°6′0.52″E / 14.6326139°N 121.1001444°E / 14.6326139; 121.1001444
CountryPhilippines
RegionNational Capital Region
CityMarikina
District1st Legislative district of Marikina
Government
 • TypeBarangay
 • Barangay CaptainBernard Bernardo
Population
 (2010)
 • Total6,954
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
Postal Code
1800
Area code(s)02
The Our Lady of the Abandoned Church, Sta. Elena, Marikina
The Our Lady of the Abandoned Church, Sta. Elena, Marikina

Santa Elena is a barangay of Marikina, Philippines.[1] According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 6,954 people.[2] Bordered by San Roque and Jesus Dela Peña, Sta. Elena is said to be one of the first towns established by the Augustinians in what was known as the Marikina Valley and home for the heritage sites such as the Our Lady of the Abandoned Parish and the Kapitan Moy Residence.

History

Capitan Venciong house, one of Marikina's oldest houses.
Capitan Venciong house, one of Marikina's oldest houses.

Records have shown that the barrio has traced its beginning in the year 1687, when the Jesuit missionaries crossed the river from Jesus dela Peña, in search for a place to build a new church. According to a legend, the barrio got its name when the people saw a huge cross floating down the Marikina River. Many people dove into the water to get it ashore, but failed to do so. They then decided to build a chapel in honor of the mysterious cross. At first, the cross stood alone, but later the image of Sta. Elena appeared beside it. The last renovation for the chapel was done in 1945.[3]

The peaceful life in the barrio was occasionally disturbed by minor natural catastrophes such as the earthquake in 1825 and 1880 and the fire of 1887 which nearly gutted down the house of Capitan Venciong. But the people considered the bombing of the combined soldiers of the American liberation Forces and the Philippine Commonwealth troops on February 10, 1945 as the worst tragedy in Sta. Elena's history.

Because of the construction of the Our Lady of the Abandoned Parish by the Augustinians in 1791, Sta. Elena soon emerged as the town's religious center.[4]

Famous people from Sta. Elena

Sta. Elena is known for its distinguished, if not illustrious sons. Marikina's shoe legacy also began as it eventually grows into a prominent town center.

Kapitan Moy, the father of Marikina shoe industry.
Kapitan Moy, the father of Marikina shoe industry.

Notable Places at Sta. Elena

Sta. Elena, being one of the earliest settlements developed by the Augustinian friars, is home to famous landmarks and cultural sites of Marikina. Here are various sites and places of interest found within the vicinity.

The Old Chanyungco House facing the street of J.P Rizal.
The Old Chanyungco House facing the street of J.P Rizal.

Gallery

See also

References

  1. ^ "History". Marikina City Official Website. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  2. ^ "2010 Census of Population and Housing" (PDF). National Statistics Office. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 13, 2014. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  3. ^ Teodoro, Fely (April 2013). Marikina 1630: A Marikina City Library Compilation. Marikina City Library. pp. 978-971-92669-5-2.
  4. ^ Teodoro, Fely (April 2013). Marikina 1630: A Marikina City Library Compilation. Marikina City Library. pp. 978-971-92669-5-2.
  5. ^ Buenconsejo, Maria Lourdes. Marikina 1630. Marikina City Library.