5 landmarks in Santa Rosa every history buff shouldn’t miss


Due to its fast economic growth, the city of Santa Rosa, Laguna has been dubbed many names like the Lion City of the South, Investment Capital of South Luzon, Next ICT Hub in the Philippines, and many more.

But amidst the busy streets and the clear future ahead of it lies the memoirs of its past.

In my previous article, I have featured some of the heritage houses that witnessed the city’s bloody, and yet colorful yesterday. Here, we will visit the historical landmarks that made the city who it is today.

City Plaza (Brgy. Kanluran)

Located at the city proper, it is where the tallest pylon in the Philippines erected with total length of 18.3 meters.

In front of Dr. Jose Rizal’s monument is a huge circle displaying the names of the city’s barangays, 18 in total. It is also where most open-air activities like concerts and beauty pageants are done.

Cuartel de Sto. Domingo (Brgy. Sto. Domingo)

cuartel de sto domingo

Credit: Subselfie

This site was declared a National Historical Landmark on July 21, 2005 by the National Historical Insitute (NHI) for its crucial role in the massive Spanish military offense against the ragtag Filipino forces under Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo.

On September 20, 2015, a National Historical Marker was placed as a symbol of recognition.

Santa Rosa de Lima Parish Church (Brgy. Kanluran)

Santa Rosa de Lima Parish Church

Built sometime in 1796 during the Hispanic era, this centuries-old church is made of adobe, bricks, and stones. It’s first cura parocco or parish priest was Padre Francisco Favier.

The most notable part of the building are its doors carved with intricate designs. Another highlight is its hexagonal-shaped campanile with a globe on its top.

Just like a typical church built during this era, it is located just right in front of the city plaza.

Museo de Santa Rosa (Brgy. Kanluran)

Museo de Santa Rosa

It is a two-storey building built on 1828 under Don Bernardo Zavalla’s reign. It was city’s former municipal office hence the name “Bahay-Pamahalaang Bayan”.

It became the city museum after its inauguration on August 23, 2006.

Bantayan (Brgy. Market Area)


More known as Santa Rosa Arch, the arch was patterned after the Arch de Triomphe of Champ Elysees in Paris, France.

The now famous landmark of the city previously served as a lookout in the river and was built on 1792. Today, it now serves as an entry point to the city proper although the actual entrance is still hundred of meters away.


I have been living here for the past 15 years and it is quite amazing to see that Santa Rosa is more than meets the eyes.

For more information, you may visit the city government website or message the city tourism office’s Facebook page.

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