San Juan, Philippines, was reestablished as a Santa Barbara Sister City on October 10, 2000, by the Santa Barbara City Council. San Juan Metro Manila, Philippines expressed a desire to re-join the City of Santa Barbara in a Sister City relationship. The City had a Sister City relationship with San Juan, Rizal, and Philippine Islands in 1965 which was transferred to Santo Domingo Illocos Sur, Philippine Islands in 1981; this relationship was terminated in 1986.
Santa Barbara has an active Filipino community and a local heritage that can be traced to 1788 at the Presidio Chapel. It is here that the earliest known grave of a Filipino in the State of California is located.