What a rather odd way to be known for, as Barangay Santa Cruz is popular for hosting some parts of the Manila South Cemetery. The cemetery is located at the east side of the barangay, near Bel-Air phase 2. Santa Cruz is predominantly residential with land use dedicated to apartments, residential homes, condos and other properties. The barangay also has its own elementary and high school institutions, including a sports complex.
Santa Cruz was once a territorial enclave of Olympia. It was called Sitio Paltok because of the area’s higher elevation than other sitios and barrios during the 1950’s. During its sitio days, Paltok was surrounded with rice fields. Today, formerly known as Sitio Paltok is a vast array of residential house and some commercial establishments.
Location of the Barangay
The 0.473 square kilometers barangay belongs to the northwest cluster of Makati. This location can get you closer to the malls, restaurants, condos, office buildings and other establishments available in Bel-Air and the nearby business district. Santa Cruz is bounded by barangay Tejeros in the west, Olympia in the north, San Antonio in the south and Bel-Air in the east. By street limitations, the barangay is within the corners of Kalayaan Avenue (north), Pasong Tamo (west), South Avenue (east) and Metropolitan Avenue (south).
- The Manila South Cemetery can be found within the vicinity of Santa Cruz and first opened to the public in 1925.
- 2nd Sunday of May is a special day of the year for the residents as this is the time to celebrate the Feast of the Holy Cross.
- Santa Cruz values the importance of women, elderlies and persons with disabilities and has established their own community association.
- The barangay’s mission is to continually enhance the security around the area, to provide a peaceful community among the residents.