San Pablo, officially the City of San Pablo, (Tagalog: Lungsod ng San Pablo), or simply known as San Pablo City, is a 1st class city in the province of Laguna, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 266,068 people.[3]

Located in the southern portion of Laguna province, it is one of the oldest cities in the Philippines. By land area, it is the largest in the province of Laguna. Its population ranks sixth within the province after the cities of Calamba, Santa Rosa, Biñan, San Pedro, and Cabuyao.

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.


San Pablo's earliest historical record dates back to pre-Spanish times when four large barrios bounded by Mount Makiling composed "Sampalok" .And one of the richest cities in the Philippines. 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
Source: http://www.weatherbase.com/weather/weather.php3?s=984300&refer=&units=metric


San Pablo City is politically subdivided into 80 barangays.


Population census of San Pablo
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1903 22,612 —    
1918 31,399 +2.21%
1939 46,311 +1.87%
1948 50,435 +0.95%
1960 70,680 +2.85%
1970 105,517 +4.08%
1975 116,607 +2.02%
1980 131,655 +2.46%
1990 161,630 +2.07%
1995 183,757 +2.43%
2000 207,927 +2.68%
2007 237,259 +1.84%
2010 248,890 +1.76%
2015 266,068 +1.28%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5][6]

According to the 2010 census, it had a population of 248,890 people,[7] 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, Cabuyao, San Pedro, Biñan, and Santa Rosa.

After five years, here's the 2015 census. Cabuyao City, with a population of 308,745 surpassed San Pablo City, which made it the sixth most populous city in Laguna. Which made San Pablo the least populated city and least dense city in the province of Laguna.[8]

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 shifted from San Pablo to the western Laguna. 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 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.

SM City San Pablo, the 2nd SM Supermall in Laguna


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.

In April 2017, Sannera San Pablo, another real estate development was started by Ovialand Incorporated. The project is a 5.4 hectares in total area, situated in Brgy. San Antonio II, San Pablo City along Maharlika highway.

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 people, the majority of them San Pableños. Various factors are blamed for this closure, including the conversion of big coconut farms into residential areas.[10] 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):

List of former municipal executives


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

League of Barangay Chairman

Barangay Chairman Barangay Chairman Barangay Chairman Barangay Chairman I-A
I-B Ricardo B. San Diego 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 Joel Quinto
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 Aniano H. Belda Santa Monica Daniel Teodoro Gener 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 (para)ciabal 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 Ricalinda Batolinao Santo Niño Ernesto Quezada
±VI-ARonald Castillo /Marytess Tala V-D Clarito Angeles San Bartolome Reymundo De Castro San Pedro Macario P. Almario (+) Soledad Romeo Gonzales



Most of the large hospitals in San Pablo are located in the city proper, but it is still a little fortunate that there are health centers built for each barangay in San Pablo. Notable hospitals and medical centers are shown below. - San Pablo Colleges Medical Center (Brgy. San Rafael) - San Pablo City Doctors' Hospital (A. Mabini Street) - Laguna Provincial Hospital San Pablo (Gen. Luna St.)


San Pablo city can be reached by bus by crossing through the Maharlika Highway and in San Pablo's Bus Stop. It can also be reached to by jeep from several municipalities (Like Calauan, Rizal, and Dolores). There are jeep terminals from Tanauan, Santo Tomas, and Calamba that lead straight in the San Pablo's city proper.


San Pablo's water source is run by its own San Pablo City Water District and is assisted by NAWASA. Just like every other place in Southern Tagalog, San Pablo's electricity is run by MERALCO.


San Pablo's reliance on internet are: PLDT and Globe. These are what most of the internet users in San Pablo use, so some still use different Internet company to use or rely at. Texting stations are often found everywhere in San Pablo, Retail stores, stands, residential houses, you name it!


Town Festivities and Events

  • Coconut Festival - San Pablo City hosts the Coconut Festival every year for a week in January, culminating on January 15. The city also holds street dancing competitions on the said week. San Pablo City is known for it, and boasting of having Seven Lakes namely Bunot, Pandin, Palapakin, Yambao, Muhicap, Kalibato and Sampaloc. In addition to these natural wonders, San Pablo also takes pride in conducting five different festivals depicting the life, culture and heritage of its people. Coconut is one of the main products of the city. To make the most of the Tree of Life, and to show the world the talents and ingenuity of the local townsfolk, the Coconut Festival came into existence. Started on January 1996, the coco fest is held during the celebration of the city's patron saint, St. Paul the First Hermit, which falls every 15 January. The week-long celebration features the beer plaza, closing the city's main thoroughfare from vehicles and having along it food stalls and miniature restaurants with rock bands performing on makeshift stages on different street corners. Cultural presentations featuring different schools, organizations, and 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

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 Pablo City Science High School Brgy. San Jose, 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 -Prudencia D. Fule Memorial National High School Brgy San Nicolas, 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 - Santisimo Rosario National High School Brgy. Santisimo Rosario, 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 - J.A.J. Christian School Inc. Cor. Cataluna St., Avenida De Los Reyes Catolicos St. Teomora Village Ph. 4, San Pablo City Private Pre-Elementary, Elementary Sts. John and Philomel of the San Pablo City Learning Center Brgy. San Juan, 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 served 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.

Notable people

  • Jay Arcilla, is an actor and one of the StarStruck Avenger in the 5th season of StarStruck
  • Gerry Alanguilan, better known in the Philippines by his stage name Komikero, is a Filipino comic book artist and writer from San Pablo, Laguna, best known for his graphic novels Wasted and Elmer.


  • Cable TV Providers - Telmarc Cable, Celestron, Cignal, Dream Satellite
  • Radio Networks - DZSP-AM 864 Sunshine Radio (defunct), DWJY-FM Radyo5 94.3 (defunct), Kabayan 95.9, DCG-FM 107.1 (defunct)
  • Television Networks - ABS-CBN San Pablo TV 46, CTS-TV 6
  • Print Media, Publishing network, Newspaper - Weekly Mirror; The Wednesday Herald


  • San Pablo City was the most populous city in Laguna until the 1990 census, when Calamba surpassed SPC as the most populous city in Laguna.
  • Due to the expansion of the SLEX on the late 2000s, San Pablo was left behind while industries, factories, and companies focused on the western part of Laguna which covered the municipalities of Biñan, Cabuyao, San Pedro, and the cities of Santa Rosa, and Calamba.
  • San Pablo City is the 2nd city to become inaugurated in the whole CALABARZON (only after Tagaytay).


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