- Santa Ana, Manila
Santa Ana is a district of the
City of Manilain the Philippines, located at the southeast banks of the Pasig River, bounded on the northeast by MandaluyongCity, MakatiCity to the east, southwest is the Manila district of Paco and to the west, Pandacan.
Sta. Ana belongs to the 6th congressional district of Manila with thirty two (32)
barangaysfrom Zone 96 to 100, barangays 874 to 905. Based on the 2000 national census, the National Statistics Office reports that Sta. Ana has about 34,694 households and an approximate 83,306 registered voters based on the national electionsof 2004.
Origin of the name
The original name of Sta. Ana before the arrival of the Spanish
conquistadorswas “ Namayan,” a small settlement that was ruled by Lakan Tagkanand his wife Buwan, (meaning Moon). The small Muslimkingdom’s domain stretched from what is now Mandaluyong, Makati, Pasay, and the Manila districts of Pandacan and Paco.
Spaniardsacquired the territory and what is now Sta. Ana, that served as the seat of “Namayan,” the area was awarded to Franciscanmissionaries. When the Catholic missionariesasked the natives the name of the area, pointing to the banks of the Pasig River, the locals responded with “sapa” or the Tagalog word for marshes.
The Franciscan missionaries henceforth dedicated the district to
Saint Anne, the mother of the Blessed Virgin Maryand called it, “Santa Ana de Sapa,” or Saint Anne of the Marshes.
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