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Map of Manila with the location of Tondo highlighted.

City Manila
Congressmen Benjamin Asilo
Jaime Lopez
Population (2007) 630,604
– Density 69,297 per km²
Area 9.10 km²
Barangays 259
Cong. Districts 1st to 2nd Districts

Tondo is a district of Manila, Philippines. It has existed even before pre-colonial times, as Tundun. One of the most densely populated areas of land in the world, Tondo is located in the northwest portion of the city and is primarily residential-industrial in nature. Tondo is noted for being one of the poorest and most underdeveloped districts of the country. Many of the city's slums are found in this area. It is also the birthplace of former president Joseph Estrada, singer and actress Regine Velasquez, Manila Vice-Mayor Isko Moreno, businessman and politician Manuel Villar, Manila Mayor and Gatpuno Antonio Villegas, Andres Bonifacio, the Great Leader of the Katipuneros, Kyla, the Philippines' R & B Princess and the TV host/Actress Valerie Concepcion. The neighborhood is almost likened to Harlem, New York.




Kingdom of Tondo

Laguna Copperplate Inscription (circa 900 AD)

The former region of Tondo is over eleven hundred years old. Historically, Tondo already existed in the year 900 AD according to the Laguna Copperplate Inscription[1], a legal document written in Kawi now housed in the National Museum of the Philippines. According to this document, Tondo was ruled by person called Jayadeva who holds the Sanskrit title Senapati or "admiral".

Tondo was ruled by a line of Malay Rajas until the Spanish conquest.

Colonial period

After the Spaniards conquered the City in 1571 AD, Tondo was initially included in the creation of the Province of Pampanga, the first colonial province carved out of the former Sultanate. In census conducted by Miguel de Loarca in 1583 AD, Tondo was reported to have spoken the same language as the natives of the province of Pampanga[2]. Institute of National Language commissioner Jose Villa Panganiban once wrote that the dividing line between Kapampangan and Tagalog was the Pasig River, and that Tondo therefore originally spoke Kapampangan[3]. Tondo eventually became a separate province in the later half of the Spanish colonial era.

Tondo was one of the first provinces to declare rebellion against Spain in year 1896. In 1911, under the American colonial regime, there was a major reorganization of political divisions, and the province of Tondo was dissolved, and its towns given to the provinces of Rizal and Bulacan. Today, Tondo just exists as a district in the City of Manila.


  • The world's most densely populated district
    • It has a land area of 5.64 km². with a population of 407,330 (2007); 72,222 persons per km².
    • Tondo II has a land area of 3.46 km². with a population of 223,274 (2007); 64,530 persons per km².
    • average residential population density: 69,297 persons per km².
    • The 6th administrative district which covers the 4 districts of Sta. Ana, Sta. Mesa, Pandacan, San Miguel has a total land area of 5.48 km². with a total population of 259,157 (2007); 47,291 persons per km².
  • It is the location of a notorious and now closed landfill called Smokey Mountain.
  • The Divisoria area, also located in Tondo, is a major business center and shopping area where dry goods, kitchen utensils, vegetables and fruits, shoes, clothing, coffee, candles, candies, fishing equipment etc., can be brought—wholesale or retail. Shoe Mart once had a small store here, as well as being the home of Yangco Market, which sells dry goods; the Divisoria Public Market, now rebuilt; and the new 168 Shopping Mall. Ambulant vendors frequent its major and minor streets.
  • It once was the location of the major Procter and Gamble plant in the Philippines at Vitas Street—now closed and dismantled.
  • The main terminal of the Philippine National Railways is located at the Tutuban district, which is close to the birthplace of Andres Bonifacio. This is now converted to a mall (Tutuban Center).
  • West of the district lies the major inter-island port of Manila, North Harbor, and the Manila Container Port.
  • The slaughterhouse (matadero) of the Manila City Government is located also at Vitas Street.
  • Every third Sunday of January, the Feast of the Sto. Niño of Manila (the Infant Jesus) is celebrated by a procession early in the morning from Tondo Church and winding down its narrow streets punctuated by fireworks.
  • TheLight Rail Transit (LRT) has 5 stations in the Tondo area, namely: Abad Santos, Tayuman, Blumentritt, Bambang and R. Papa.
  • First District Congressman Atong Asilo already started his first project in Pritil Plaza, a soon to rise Livelihood and Development Building.

Sto. Nino Festival

On January 19, 2008, the Sto. Niño festivals began in various parts of Metro Manila, particularly (with a fluvial parade) in Tondo, Manila. Its parish priest Fr. Enrique Santos, of the Sto. Niño Parish, said the celebration will start "with the traditional procession of devotees dancing on the street while carrying images of the Child Jesus; a pagoda carrying an old image of Sto. Niño from Spain will lead the parade with 20 smaller boats accompanying it; the parish in Tondo houses the image of Sto. Niño made of ivory that was brought to the country by Augustinian priests from Acapulco, Mexico in the late 1570’s."[4]

In the January 20, 2008 celebration of the feast of Sto. Nino, Guillermo Llanza, 32, of Velasquez St., Tondo, Julius Tarigo, 36, and Michael Banika, 32, of Area D in Parola were killed, while 5 others were wounded including PO2 Anthony Bongcal, 24, Don Bosco police, who was shot.[5]

Celebrities/Politicians born/raised in Tondo

Joseph Estrada, former President of the Philippines


  • Tondo General Hospital
  • Mary Johnston Hospital
  • Gat. Andres Bonifacio Hospital
  • Metropolitan Hospital

Malls, Supermarkets and Public Markets

  • Tutuban Centermall
  • Makro Road 10, Tondo
  • PureGold Tayuman
  • Pritil Public Market


  • Plaza Andres Bonifacio
  • Plaza Moriones
  • Plaza A. Hernandez
  • Plaza Morga
  • Smokey Mountain

In popular culture

Tondo is the backdrop for the independent movie, Tribu , which shows street life and gang life from a impoverished boys point of view.



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External links

Coordinates: 14°37′01″N 120°58′01″E / 14.617°N 120.967°E / 14.617; 120.967

  • Tondo, Manila a district of the Philippines
  • Tondo (Art) a circular painting or sculpture
  • Clovis L. Tondo is a co-author of The C Answer Book, the respective editions of which contain solutions for the problems listed in Kernighan and Ritchie's C Programming Language book editions.


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