Hi I’m Riggy and I’m proud Taguigeño
In Sta Ana Taguig City most of the mens work are farming and fishing. I knew that our Barangay is one of the Historical places in Taguig Philippines.
It is where the Archdiocesan Shrine of Saint Anne is located, Saint Anne or Santa Ana ( Sta Ana ) is the mother of Mary. You can visit the church in Liwayway street, in fact, it is one of the biggest established Catholic Church in the Philippines with the mark of NHCP (National Historical Commission of the Philippines).
It was founded by the Franciscan missionaries in 1578 then the stone constructed by Father Vicente Ingles. Take note that the church was built with the help of the egg, the egg white. The church was used for evacuation by the citizen of barangay Sta Ana because it is the only place was not flooded.
The Sta Ana Church Taguig is a Church who still use bells if you don’t know there are 3 bells and only 2 of them are able to use the big bell is used for mass, the next one is used for weddings and burial and the other one, as far as I know, it is used to warn the people of Sta Ana for war. For a more colorful history of Saint Anne Church, you may schedule your Parochial Tour at the church office, open every Tuesday- Sunday 8am-5pm and look for Brother Jimmy.
Every time I hear the word Baranggay Sta Ana Taguig the next thing that I can think of is the tree next to the church, the famous Centennial Tree or the Acacia Tree. The tree witnessed the war happened in the Patio of the church where a citizen of Sta Ana fight and die in war.
And also this present days, it was used as a meeting place of couples, friends and student. For security, they are strictly closing the church at 8 pm. And also the Baranggay Sta Ana implement Curfew Hours where Baranggay Tanod’s rove around to check and maintain peace.
The Yearly Fiesta
At the side. of the church is the River, where we celebrate Banak Festival or Piyesta ng Ilog. When I was a kid I’m always excited to go to the riverside and preparing myself to catch flying foods such as Santol, Mangga, Saba, Boiled Egg and other delicacies. You must be very alert because there are many flying Santol in any direction. It may sound scary because you may get hurt but it is fun some of the cheering crowns bring baseball gloves or use umbrellas to catch the foods.
Some caught foods are thrown back for fun and some have their plastic bags to fill to have some food to bring at home for merienda. It is a sign of sharing blessings because Banak is a fish given by Po Ana or a blessing given by Saint Anne during a war. Banak is a fish similar to Bangus or Milkfish but smaller in size. A little history, Citizens of barangay Sta.Ana can’t farm because of war, so they pray to Saint Anne and that’s where they discovered a different kind of fish in the river which they called Banak.
Across the church is where the Manuel L. Quezon Plaza is located. It is the only one erected to honor President Manuel L. Quezon while he was in service in the Republic of the Philippines. Before you can see young people using it as their venue for rehearsing their talents mostly dancing and they are there every night and it adds entertainment to every people passing by.
But at night they are only allowed until 10 pm due to curfew hours because barangay Sta Ana strictly implementing Curfew for the youth for safety and peace of the people. The plaza is also used for events like Buwan ng Wika and Contest. For me, it is also where you can buy delicious merienda called kwek-kwek! It is good in a cheap price.
It is where people take their break from walking, they stop by to buy. Also, the vendor in the plaza maintain the cleanliness of the plaza, don’t ever try to throw your trash everywhere they will yell at you, they are so scary when mad. But you will understand it because they care about the cleanliness of the landmark.
Before, every fiesta has a lot of stalls build around the church and in plaza Quezon where you can buy different delicacies. And also near the church was an empty land which turn into a theme park or “Perya” where you see different rides like in the Star City in Pasay. You can experience it in a cheap price 10-15 pesos, there are Horror train, Horror House, Caterpillar, Octopus ride, Mary Go Round, Ferris wheel etc. And also the famous game BINGO!
In Liwayway Street there is a famous place for athletic people, the Covered Basketball Court of Sta Ana where every Baranggay are welcome to use the venue but you have to set a schedule at the Barangay Office. The court was repaired and enhanced it is more convenient and more pleasant to use. It is also used for events like Sports Competition, Talent Programs, Zumba and many more, it is also the place where I witnessed a long file of people receiving their “rasyon” or relief goods in times of calamity. Most of the City Hall events are held in Sta Ana Court or in Church Patio (parking) where in a large number of the crowd can watch and join the event.
In Education besides the church is a private school Colegio de Sta Ana a Catholic Church Founded in 1980 by Rt. Rev. Msgr. Augurio I. Juta, CDSA offers quality Christian education and produces graduates that are God-fearing and responsible Taguigeños. And also in front of the church is the Taguig Integrated School ( before Taguig Elementary School) the name changed due to k12 education.
The school is under renovation and they are enhancing and building more classrooms to accommodate all children of Sta Ana as possible. I’m a proud product of that school and there are more stories of older people who studied there before. And now still in service and education is free with the help of our government the school materials, uniforms, uniforms, shoes, bags, and books are also provided for free.
Taguig Integrated School also caters Special Classes for Children with disability too. There are also some new private schools around sta ana. In Barangay Sta Ana Daycare are really known because it is where the child first step in preparing their self in school. There are Daycare Centers, Sta Ana Child Development Center ( before known as Sta Ana Daycare) under the daycare worker Maria Cecilia L. Chua and Pulong Kendi Child Development Center under by daycare worker Susana R. Quiliza.
I am also a product of that center and now I am teaching as a teacher aide at Sta Ana Child Development Center, before Sta Ana Child Development Center is located in Barangay at Burgos St. but now it is located at D.M Cruz Street and the Pulong Kendi Child Development Center is located at Pulong Kendi Street near at the half basketball court. Most of the Sta Ana children became friends.
The Market Place
Beside the school there is a small market called Talipapa or small market where they buy their needs and it’s near, due to modernization there are new establishment built near the talipapa like 7/11 opens 24 hrs (convenient store) which is very helpful to the citizen of Sta Ana especially at night when talipapa is already closed.
As far as I can see I am proud of my Baranggay because I have witnessed that my every neighbor is concerned with each and everyone. Like the situation of fire, everyone helps to stop it, even old and kids. If you are a friendly neighbor they will give you fresh Bangus, Tilapia or Melon, Watermelon a sign of blessing and peace in every people living in Barangay Sta Ana Taguig City.
Be friendly, and they will love you. I am Rigor Acla and I am proud in my Barangay,
Barangay Sta Ana Taguig City.