Sampaloc, Manila


Aerial view of Sampaloc, Manila
Nickname(s): University Belt
Country Philippines
Region National Capital Region
City Manila
Congressional District 4th District of Manila
Barangays 241
  Total 7.90 km2 (3,05 sq mi)
Population (2007[1])
  Total 395,111
  Density 32,354.8/km2 (83,799/sq mi)

Sampaloc is a parish-cum-district of the city of Manila, Philippines. It is known as Metropolitan Manila's "University Belt", after the clusters of prominent higher educational institutions located there. Among the universities in Sampaloc are the University of Santo Tomas (1611, moved to Sampaloc in 1927), a by-product of the 333-year Hispanic colonization of the Philippines; Far Eastern University (1928), known for its Art Deco campus awarded as a cultural heritage site of the Philippines; and the University of the East (1946), once dubbed as the largest university in Asia in terms of enrollment. The district is bordered by Quiapo and San Miguel districts in the south, Santa Mesa district in the south and east, Santa Cruz district in the west and north, and Quezon City in the northeast.

Aside from being the "University Belt", Sampaloc is also known to Metro Manila and the surrounding provinces for its Dangwa flower market, located in Dimasalang Road, well known as the selling center for cut flowers from all over the Philippines, mainly Baguio. Sampaloc is also the location of a former colonial mansion, now called Windsor Inn, which is popular among backpackers and budget travelers. Sampaloc is also known for a town named Balic-Balic, where street life, crime, prostitution and drug abuse is rampant.

Manila City's barangays 395-636 would all have belonged to Sampaloc and comprise 241 barangays for the district.[1] However, what are now known as barangays 587-636 became part of Sta. Mesa when these areas seceded from Sampaloc after Sta. Mesa became a separate parish in 1911. Sta. Mesa is now a part of the 6th congressional district of Manila, while Sampaloc is the sole district comprising the 4th congressional district of Manila.

Many streets in Sampaloc, particularly in the northeast portion divided by España and Lacson avenues, have names that are directly associated with the Philippine National Hero José Rizal, either named after the places (e.g. Calamba, Dapitan), real-life people (e.g. Blumentritt), characters from his novels (e.g. Ibarra, Maria Clara) or his pen names (e.g. Laong Laan, Dimasalang).


"Sampaloc" or "Sampalok" is the native Tagalog word for the tamarind fruit. The place was likely named after it due to tamarind trees that may have been rampant in the area.


Sampaloc Church

Sampaloc is the area where American colonial troops and the Filipino revolutionaries fought at the turn of the 20th Century. Filipinos accused Americans of shooting a Filipino soldier, and likewise returned fire. A historical marker which had stood on the San Juan Bridge was ordered moved to Santa Mesa in 2003 after studies by Dr. Benito Legarda concluded that the shot was fired somewhere between Blockhouse 7 (within the city limits of Manila) and Barrio Santol (now a part of Sampaloc) on the connecting road that is now Sosiego Street.[2]


Education in Sampaloc is handled by the Division of City Schools – Manila.


Sampaloc is the hub of major national bus transportation carriers. Among the bus companies in Sampaloc with their terminal are: Fariñas Transit Company, GV Florida Transport, Victory Liner, Partas, Maria De Leon, Sta. Lucia, RCJ Trans and RCJ Lines.

Sampaloc is served by two Philippine National Railways station: Laong Laan and España station. It is also served by LRT-2 Legarda in San Miguel and LRT-1 Blumentritt Station in Santa Cruz.

Main thoroughfares in Sampaloc are S.H. Loyola (formerly Lepanto), Vicente Cruz, M. De La Fuente, P. Florentino, Blumentritt, Aurora Boulevard, Dapitan, Laon Laan, Dimasalang, Maria Clara, Maceda, Padre Campa, Padre Noval, Tomas Earnshaw (Bustillos), Legarda, Gastambide, Recto Avenue, Lerma, Morayta, Lacson Avenue and España Boulevard.

Notable people

Notable people who hail from Sampaloc include Cristeta Comerford, the executive chef of the White House, and Mayors Arsenio Lacson, the first elected Mayor of Manila.

See also


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