By John Legaspi
San Juan is known for its water splashing festivities, historical sites, and notable landmarks. Small as it is at only 5.94 square kilometers, the smallest in the Philippines, San Juan packs a lot from a range of shopping and retail centers, culture and arts destinations, and new developments that’ll elevate the quality of living of its residents. Here are some of the new additions to the city’s growing list of places of interest.
El Deposito Museo
The Museo El Deposito narrates the rich history of the underground reservoir and the Carriedo waterworks designed by Spanish engineer Genaro Palacios and built from 1878 to 1882.
Back then, El Deposito was used as an armory during the American and Japanese rule, a hospital for the tuberculosis patients, and a firing range before it became a national shrine for Filipinos who fought during the battle of San Juan del Monte on Aug. 30, 1896.
Under the management of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, the museum was opened on Feb. 18 this year to inspire everyone to value water as a natural resource and appreciate the people who make access to it easier.
The museum houses three galleries featuring various artifacts recovered from the site, scale models, and interactive modules. Entrance is free.
(02) 753 5439 | Pinaglabanan St., Corazon de Jesus San Juan del Monte | Facebook: @MuseoElDeposito
The Archery Academy
Fulfill that bow-and-arrow fantasy, as inspired by Legolas from the Middle Earth, Katniss Everdeen from District 12, or Princess Merida of DunBroch, at the Archery Academy, the brainchild of a group of passionate archers whose mission is to expand the archery community by exposing more people to the sport.
Targeted at a much younger audience, the Archery Academy allows students to understand the fundamentals and safety rules of the sport and to enjoy it with their peers through hourly classes, full lessons, and summer training for both first-time and returning archers.
(02) 544-3598 | 5/F Intrawest Center, #33 Annapolis St. Brgy. Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines | firstname.lastname@example.org | Facebook and Instagram: @TheArcheryAcademy
Mango Tree Residences
Mango Tree Residences is the newest high-end residential development on Paterno St. corner Ledesma St. San Juan City.
It will be a two-tower residential condominium with East and West Residences Towers.
A concrete pouring ceremony was held on Feb. 7 this year. Envisioned to have a grand five-star lobby, it is marketed as the new luxury living destination in the heart of San Juan City.
The East Residences tower will have 34 floors while the West tower will have 38. Both are still under pre-selling status and are expected to be turned over to eligible buyers later this year.
(+63) 2 531 5670
The PARC Foundation
The PARC Foundation provides a platform for the performing arts. It was founded as a nonprofit in 2015 by the late Wilemer Guido, whose dream at 23 years old was to put up a performing arts center to help people, especially the underprivileged youth and struggling local artists, find expression for their artistic skills and passions.
It has since, as its mission provides, become a sustainable ecosystem and “an open hub for artists to congregate, hone their skills, equip themselves for their future careers, and become relevant contributors to society.”
PARC provides programs such as PARCaralan, which gives free music, dance, and theater classes to talented young individuals in San Juan.
There is also the PARC Artist Residency Program that gives a two-year grant to artists and artist groups in need of institutional, marketing, venue, and monetary support.
(+63 2) 350-6356 | 494 Lt. Artiaga St., Corazon De Jesus, San Juan City, Metro Manila, Philippines | email@example.com | Facebook and Instagram: @parcph
San Juan Ville
Led by Mayor Guia Gomez and Senator Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, the second in-city relocation project of the San Juan City government was inaugurated on Jan. 18.
The San Juan Ville Housing project is among the local government’s continuous mission to uplift the living conditions of its indigent constituents.
Located along F. Manalo St. in Barangay Kabayanan, the latest housing project of the local government is composed of two five-story buildings with a total of 118 units complete with a multi-purpose hall and sewage treatment plant (STP).
All of the units will be turned over to pre-selected families residing in flood-prone areas in Barangay Salapan.
In honor of the heroes of the Kataastaasan, Kagalanggalangang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan (KKK), Museo ng Katipunan continues to tell the tale of the Katipuneros’ bravery through its archival documents, amulets, cryptic messages, and bladed weapons preserved from the time of the Philippine revolution against Spain in 1896.
Apart from the historical collections, artworks such as busts, oil paintings, monochromatic pastel portraits can be seen throughout the museum.
Among the interactive features are the Hologram image of Andres Bonifacio and the maps that trace the entwined lives of Bonifacio and Emilio Jacinto.
The Museo ng Katipunan provides an educational approach to understanding the Katipunan, its primary movers, and their actions.
Apart from Bonifacio, Jacinto, and other renowned revolutionaries, the Museum also commemorates the valiant efforts of the Katipuneros who fought for the independence of the Philippines through a Memorial Wall.
+632576-4336 | 29 Pinaglabanan, Cororazon De Jesus Pinaglabanan, Cororazon De Jesus, San Juan, 1500 Metro Manila | firstname.lastname@example.org
Santolan Town Plaza
Opened in 2017, Santolan Town Plaza is a one-stop shop for the people of San Juan.
It has five office floors and an ideal place for leisure and entertainment on any day of the week. Its four-theater cinema complex is a hidden gem with two moviehouses featuring world-class Dolby Atmos sound systems and all four of them equipped with ultra-comfortable seats.
Santolan Town Plaza provides easy access to fitness and medical services. It also houses a range of restaurants offering varied cuisines and treats, as well as all manner of establishments for pampering and styling, including specialty stores and spas.
898-1702 | Santolan Road cor. P. Guevarra Brgy. Little Baguio, San Juan City | email@example.com | Instagram: @santolantownplaza