Income Classification: 1st Class
Congressional District: 4th District
No. of Barangays: 26
Land Area: 3,860 has.
Population (NSO, 2010): 121,374
Registered Voters: 63,306
Newly Elected Local Officials (2016 Election)
Santa Cruz is the capital town of the province of Laguna. It is situated on the banks of the river bearing its name which course its way along the eastern part of the famous Laguna de Bay. Santa Cruz is also the seat of the provincial government since 1885, giving the municipality an additional administrative function over the entire province. It also functions as the service center for transportation, commerce, health, education, and other social services for the predominantly rural northeastern municipalities of the province. Boosting the economy of the municipality are the incipient and fast growing agri-business industries such as livestock raising, horticulture and aquaculture. The town is composed of twenty-six (26) barangays, twenty-three (23) are being classified as urban barangays, including those five (5) barangays in the poblacion area and three (3) barangays as rural. Generally, the town of Santa Cruz is being classified as urban municipality. There are 3,088 more or less, persons living in one (1) square kilometer land area. Although relatively far from the immediate urbanizing influence of Metropolitan Manila, Santa Cruz continues to progress.
During the last decade of the 16th century, Santa Cruz, the premier town of Laguna was once a well populated barrio of the present municipality of Lumban, as well as other contemporary towns like Pagsanjan, Cavinti, Paete and Pangil. In 1602, Santa Cruz separated from Lumban and became a pueblo with its church and local government.
It is a town which since its foundation in 1602, had been ravaged by calamitous forces such as fires, typhoons, floods and human vandalism during the Philippine Revolution of 1896-1899, the war of the Philippine Independence (1899-1902), the assault of the Tulisanes (bandits) during the Spanish times, and the Guerilla (January 26, 1945). Santa Cruz survived all these disastrous calamities, for it is patiently resilient as the durable bamboos and as in destructive as the Rock of all Ages.
Characterized by fertile flat lands situated along the coastal plains of Laguna de Bay, the economic base of the town had been traditionally anchored on two primary industries, namely agriculture and fishing which still remain up to the present. In view of the strategic location of Santa Cruz relative to the other coastal settlements about the lake, trading activities have likewise rooted on the town during those early settlement days. The town proper which has always been the focal point of activities used to be accessible to the other lakeshore areas due to the navigable Santa Cruz River aside from the Laguna Lake itself. Since those early days, water is the principal mode of transportation.
Today, Santa Cruz serves as the capital of Laguna and is considered as the business and commercial center on the eastern part of the province.
The town is bounded by the Bay on the north, by Lumban and Pagsanjan towns in the east, Pagsanjan and Magdalena towns in the south, and Pila and Liliw towns in the west. It is approximately 87 kilometers from Manila via Calamba and 105 km via Pililia, in the province of Rizal. It is accessible by land from the nearby 28 municipalities and by water through Laguna de Bay from Manila and some Rizal towns. Santa Cruz is located at approximately 121.4° E (longitude) and 14.25°N (latitude). It is approximately 87 kilometers from Manila via Calamba and 105 km via Pililla, in the province of Rizal. It is accessible by land from the nearby 28 municipalities and by water through Laguna de Bay from Manila and some Rizal towns.
Major Income Sources: Commercial and Business Establishments, Farming, Fishing
Tourist Destinations: San Luis RECS (Recreational, Education, Culture and Sports), “AA” Municipal Slaughterhouse, Provincial Capitol of Laguna, Roman Catholic Church (Poblacion), Aglipay Church, Emilio Jacinto Shrine, Santa Cruz Environmental Complex, Old Spanish Houses
Special Events/Festivals: Kesong Puti Festival, Death Anniversary of Emilio Jacinto, Liberation of Santa Cruz, Laguna, Santa Cruz “Pistang Ilog”
Address: Municipal Hall, Santa Cruz, Laguna
Phone: (049) 501-3572 / 501-7328