Makati City has is a group of barangays clustered together called San Pedro Macati. One of these barangays is Tejeros alongside Olympia, Guadalupe and Pio del Pilar. What these barangays share in common is their huge land area, so huge that Tejeros had about 5 sitios during the 1950’s. Today, Tejeros is a 0.2832 square kilometer barangay popular for its modern built real estate properties like condos, apartments and townhouses.
Tejeros has a rich history dating as far as 1565, when Miguel Lopez de Legaspi discovered a kingdom in this area. This was called the Maluarbuco Kingdom, and the leader was called Lakan Tun-aw and was baptized to become a Christian in the 16th century. Malaurbuco became Christianized and was transformed into a settlement for the Spaniards, local inhabitants and Christian catholic missionaries.
Meanwhile, during the World War II, it served as a camp for American and Filipino soldiers similar to what happened to the military camp converted barrios of Makati like Cembo, Pembo and Rembo.
With that, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Tejeros is now such a very independent and progressive Barangay. It is where old edifices can be found, modern housing projects and some business centers.
Location of the Barangay
Tejeros is located near Makati’s west side. Thus, the barangay is bounded by portions of Sta. Cruz and Olympia in the west, Singkamas in the south, La Paz in the north and portions of Carmona and Kasilawan in the east.
- Barangay Tejeros has several historical sites such as Sta. Clara Creek that was built in 1835, Garden Bliss and the Dambana ni Cristobal or the Church of Paseo de Tamo (1592).
- Tejeros is one of the few barangays that celebrate the Feast of the Holy Cross every 2nd Sunday of May.