Dec 03

- Santa Rosa Arch -

The "Bantayog" of Rosenians

The Santa Rosa Arch serves as the watch tower of the town

The Santa Rosa Arch was popularly known as "Bantayang Bato" and is located in the old city hall. The original Bantayan is situated in the vicinity of the present bridge and was built between 1859 and 1860 to serve as a watchtower to the whole town of Santa Rosa. 

The Santa Rosa Arch was renovated in 1925 with the help of David A. Dia through the directions of Municipal President Jose Zavalla.


This photo was taken inside the Santa Rosa Museum showing the evolution of the Santa Rosa church over the years.

The last major renovation of the arch was done on 1931. It was a total demolition of the arch and was built at a site near the Old City Hall and the Santa Rosa Public School.

This is now how the current arch looks like. There are gates below the arch which will lead you to the top. See the corridor like area on the top? How cool is that?

How to Go to Santa Rosa Arch from Manila?

  • 1
    From Manila, ride a bus in either JAM or JAC Liner in LRT Taft Pasay with signboard BALIBAGO. Travel time is 40 minutes. Drop off at Waltermart Sta. Rosa. From Cubao, ride an FX or Van (GT Express) in front of Starmall EDSA Crossing with signboard Balibago. Drop off at Waltermart Sta. Rosa. Travel time is 40-50 minutes depending on the traffic volume.
  • 2
    From Waltermart, just walk straight the Santa Rosa Hospital.
  • 3
    Ride a tricycle on the next terminal. Ask the manong tricyle driver to drop you to Santa Rosa Arch. Travel time is less than 5 minutes.

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