Located at the center of Metro Manila, it is not a surprise that locals call the little town of San Juan as the “Heart of Metro Manila”. Although it is the smallest city in the Philippines in terms of land area, only having a territory of 5.87 sq km, it is also one of the places that played a significant role in history.
San Juan is the site of the Battle of Pinaglabanan, the first battle of the Philippine revolution that was fought between members of the Katipunan and Spanish colonial forces. The city also served as the home of three Presidents of the Philippines, namely Diosdado Macapagal, Ferdinand Marcos, and Joseph Estrada. Estrada himself was the long-time Mayor of San Juan before he sought higher elective office.
San Juan is bordered by Quezon City to the north and east, Mandaluyong City to the south, and Manila to the west. It used to have a larger territory, until government acts transferred some of its land to other towns. At present, San Juan is divided into two districts and 21 barangays.
Transportation is not a problem in San Juan. The J. Ruiz LRT-2 Station, located along Aurora Boulevard, serves the city. San Juan is also connected to Quiapo, Cubao, Pasig and other parts of Metro Manila through the buses and jeepneys that regularly traverse it.
San Juan also hosts reputable institutions of learning. These include the Polytechnic University of the Philippines San Juan, Aquinas School, Dominican College, Immaculate Concepcion Academy – Greenhills, Montessori de San Juan, and Xavier School.
Major roads such as Aurora Boulevard, Araneta Avenue and N. Domingo Street connect San Juan to the rest of Metro Manila, making commuting and travelling easier. Nearby establishments and services make San Juan a go-to place for people who are searching for better career opportunities or finally settling down and starting their own families.
Located between N. Domingo Street and Aurora Boulevard, Barangay Balong-Bato is at the heart of San Juan. Because of this, motorists regularly pass the roads going through Balong-Bato as an alternative route going to and from Quezon City, Mandaluyong, Makati and Manila. The Old San Juan City Hall and the San Juan Medical Center is also located here.
Having an area of 2.45 sq km and a population of only 7,775, Balong-Bato is perfect for those looking for a place in the Metro that is not overcrowded. There are available apartments here that fit your need and budget. A semi-furnished one bedroom apartment is available here for only PHP 9,200 per month. It is already furnished with an air conditioning unit, dining table and chairs, and double-deck beds and mattresses. If budget is a concern, there is also an available studio-type unit, which is already furnished with an air conditioning unit and a single-sized bed. The apartment is located in a gated compound and is available for only PHP 3,500 a month.