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Las Piñas, officially the City of Las Piñas, (Tagalog: Lungsod ng Las Piñas), or simply known as Las Piñas City, is a 1st class highly urbanized city in Metro Manila, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 588,894 people.[3]

Las Piñas
City of Las Piñas
Las Piñas aerial photo along Barangays Talon and Almanza. SM Southmall at center
Las Piñas aerial photo along Barangays Talon and Almanza. SM Southmall at center
Official seal of Las Piñas
Seal
Nickname(s): 
Home of the Bamboo Organ
Motto(s): 
Las Piñas, Our Home
Map of Metro Manila with Las Piñas highlighted
Map of Metro Manila with Las Piñas highlighted
Las Piñas is located in Philippines
Las Piñas
Las Piñas
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°27′N 120°59′E / 14.45°N 120.98°E / 14.45; 120.98Coordinates: 14°27′N 120°59′E / 14.45°N 120.98°E / 14.45; 120.98
Country Philippines
RegionNational Capital Region (NCR)
Provincenone (Former part of Rizal province until 1975)
DistrictLone district
Founded1762 or 1797
Chartered27 March 1907
Cityhood and HUC26 March 1997
Barangays20 (see Barangays)
Government
[1]
 • TypeSangguniang Panlungsod
 • MayorImelda Aguilar
 • Vice MayorLuis Bustamante
 • Councilors
 • Electorate304,311 voters (2016)
Area
[2]
 • Total32.69 km2 (12.62 sq mi)
Elevation
8.0 m (26.2 ft)
Population
(2015 census)[3]
 • Total588,894
 • Density18,000/km2 (47,000/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Las Piñero
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
1740–1752
PSGC
IDD:area code+63 (0)02
Climate typeTropical monsoon climate
Income class1st city income class
Revenue (₱)2,000.1 million  (2016)
Native languagesTagalog
Websitelaspinascity.gov.ph

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EtymologyEdit

The story about the true origin of the city's name, "Las Piñas", varies. One version mentioned, that traders from the province of Cavite and Batangas shipped their first piñas (Spanish for pineapples) for sale to this town, before they were distributed to nearby markets. Another version related that it was "Las Peñas" (the rocks), evident by the quarrying of stones and adobe, which were used to construct buildings and bridges. The old church bell, from St. Joseph Parish Church, founded by Diego Cera, has been preserved inside the church museum. An inscription on the bell states, "Siendo cura del pueblo de Laspeñas el M.R.P. Padre Diego Cera se fundió este equilón año de 1820," showing that even during the time of Diego Cera, the town's first parish priest, the town was called "Las Peñas", for some time, and eventually was renamed "Las Piñas".[4]

HistoryEdit

 
Production of sea salt by solar evaporation of water from the brine of the sea circa 1940

Early historyEdit

Las Piñas was one of the earliest fishing settlements on the shores of Manila Bay. It was proclaimed as a province of Manila either in 1762 or 1797. Agustin,[5] a Spanish historian, and Fr. Juan de Medina[6] placed it at 1762. Las Piñas was formerly called "Las Pilas" due to its separation from Parañaque due to tribal conflicts. On the other hand, Manuel Buzeta recorded the date at 1797.[7] Felix Timbang was the first gobernadorcillo in 1762 while Mariano Ortiz was the first municipal president of the town of Las Piñas.[8]

Besides being famous for its Bamboo Organ, which was built by Fr. Diego Cera and completed in 1824, the town of Las Piñas was also a major war theater during the 1896 Philippine Revolution, as it was occupied by forces of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. Las Piñas was occupied by the Japanese during World War II and liberated by the combined American and Filipino forces.

In 1901, the municipality of Las Piñas was separated from Manila and incorporated to the newly created province of Rizal pursuant to the Philippine Commission Act No. 137. Two years later, in accordance with Act No. 942, it was combined with the town of Parañaque, with the latter as the seat of a new municipal government.

It was separated from Parañaque to become an independent municipality again on 27 March 1907 by virtue of Philippine Commission Act No. 1625. On 7 November 1975, through Presidential Decree No. 824, Las Piñas was excised from the province of Rizal to form Metro Manila. Las Piñas became one of the municipalities making up the region.

Contemporary historyEdit

On 12 February 1997, President Fidel V. Ramos signed the bill which elevated Las Piñas from municipality into a city. A plebiscite held a month after approved the city status by its residents, and Las Piñas became the 10th city of Metro Manila on 26 March 1997. The current mayor of Las Piñas is Imelda Aguilar, wife of previous city's mayor, Vergel "Nene" Aguilar.

GeographyEdit

Las Pinas is bounded to the northeast by Parañaque; to the southeast by Muntinlupa; to the west and southwest by Bacoor; and to the northwest by Manila Bay. Half of its land area is residential and the remaining half is used for commercial, industrial and institutional purposes. The present physiography of Las Piñas consists of three zones: Manila Bay, coastal margin and the Guadalupe Plateau.

DemographicsEdit

YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 2,762—    
1918 2,872+0.26%
1939 6,822+4.21%
1948 9,280+3.48%
1960 16,093+4.69%
1970 45,732+11.00%
1975 81,610+12.32%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1980 136,514+10.83%
1990 297,102+8.09%
1995 413,086+6.37%
2000 472,780+2.94%
2007 532,330+1.65%
2010 552,573+1.37%
2015 588,894+1.22%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][9][10][11]

LanguageEdit

The native language of Parañaque is Tagalog, but the majority of the residents can understand and speak English.

ReligionEdit

People in Las Pinas are mainly Roman Catholic. Catholic churches in Las Pinas are under the control of the Diocese of Parañaque

Other religions in Las Pinas includes various Protestant denominations, Iglesia Ni Cristo, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam.


Local governmentEdit

Las Piñas, like other cities of the Philippines, is a local government unit whose powers and functions are specified by the Local Government Code of the Philippines. In general, as a city, Las Piñas is headed by a mayor who heads the city's executive function and the vice mayor who heads the city's legislative function, which is composed of twelve councilors, six each from the city's two city council districts.[12] For representation, the city is considered as one district, and therefore one representative, in the country's House of Representatives.

Additionally, like other cities and municipalities, Las Piñas is subdivided into barangays.

Districts and barangaysEdit

Las Piñas is divided into 20 barangays. These barangays are grouped into two legislative districts, each with its own set of representatives in the city council. District 1 comprises the northwestern half of the city while District 2, the remaining half.

 
Political map of Las Piñas
Barangays District Population[13]
(2015)
Area (km²) Density (/km²) Zip Code
Almanza Uno 2nd 30,405
Daniel Fajardo 1st 10,425
Elias Aldana 1st 10,402
Ilaya 1st 6,055
Manuyo Uno 1st 15,405
Pamplona Uno 1st 18,577
Pulang Lupa Uno 1st 31,401
Talon Uno 1st 34,821
Zapote 1st 20,771
Almanza Dos 2nd 37,595
C.A.A. - B. F. International 1st 77,264
Manuyo Dos 1st 37,007
Pamplona Dos 2nd 10,765
Pamplona Tres 1st 35,612
Pilar 2nd 31,459
Pulang Lupa Dos 1st 33,171
Talon Dos 2nd 53,091
Talon Tres 2nd 27,874
Talon Kuatro 2nd 21,420
Talon Singko 2nd 45,374

List of mayorsEdit

EducationEdit

Twelve public high schools and 22 elementary schools were constructed to accommodate the growing number of the enrollees every year.

To date, there are 77 day care centers with feeding programs in 20 barangays within Las Piñas.

CollegesEdit

Public high schoolsEdit

  • Las Piñas National High School Almanza
  • Las Piñas East National High School - Verdant Annex II
  • Las Piñas East National High School - Equitable Annex II
  • Las Piñas East National High School - Talon Village Annex II
  • Las Piñas National High School
  • Las Piñas National High School - Gatchalian Annnex
  • Las Piñas City Technical-Vocational High School
  • Las Piñas City National Senior High School - Doña Josefa Campus
  • Las Piñas City National Senior High School - Talon Dos Campus
  • Las Piñas City National Senior High School - CAA Campus
  • Las Piñas City National Senior High School - Manuyo Campus
  • Las Piñas National High School - Senior High School
  • CAA National High School
  • CAA National High School - Annex
  • Golden Acres National High School
  • Las Piñas North National High School
  • Las Piñas City National Science High School
  • T.S. Cruz High School

Private high schoolsEdit

HealthEdit

TransportationEdit

RailwayEdit

Las Piñas is part of the route of the extension of the LRT Line 1, the South Extension Project. The actual construction will start in April 2019 once the obstructions in Right-of-way are removed. The actual construction will start from Baclaran to Sucat. Once its completed, Las Piñas will be served by the LRT Line 1 through the Las Piñas and Zapote stations. The extension from Baclaran to Niog, Bacoor, Cavite will be finished by fourth quarter of 2021.

Road networkEdit

 
Map of Las Piñas
 
Alabang-Zapote Road (N411) in 2011. The road continually suffers from perennial traffic congestion resulting from increasing traffic.

The road network of Las Piñas are radial in nature, and primarily relies on the Alabang–Zapote Road (N411), which serves as the city's road network backbone. The Manila-Cavite Expressway (formerly Coastal Road, and numbered E3), a toll expressway serves as the major traffic route towards Manila. Daang Hari, which hugs near the boundary with Muntinlupa, and the Aguinaldo Highway (N62) are the major traffic routes toward Cavite. The Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway (MCX), that leads to South Luzon Expressway, supplements Daang Hari as an alternate to the congested Alabang-Zapote Road over Alabang and Ayala Alabang in Muntinlupa.

The road network in Las Piñas suffers from traffic jams, especially on the primary artery, Alabang-Zapote Road, which carried more than 70,000 vehicles daily as of 2016. Public transport, like buses and jeepneys, fill up Alabang-Zapote Road, therefore causing further congestion. The city government petitioned the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to suspend issuing of franchises on bus and jeepneys routes that uses Alabang-Zapote Road.

The Las Piñas Friendship Route network serves as the alternate routes on the congested routes, but motorists have to obtain a sticker to use them, as most roads of the network are located in privately owned subdivisions (gated communities), like BF Homes, Pilar Village, and BF Resort.

Public transportEdit

Jeepneys and buses form the major public transport system, and most of their routes follow the Alabang-Zapote Road. Most jeepneys through Las Piñas travel between Alabang and Zapote, within the city, or Baclaran, in Parañaque. Buses usually form routes between Alabang or SM Southmall and destinations in Manila. Buses and jeepneys are blamed for the worsening congestion on Alabang-Zapote Road.

CultureEdit

 
Saint Joseph Parish Church
 
Las Piñas Bamboo Organ located inside Parish Church of St. Joseph

On 22 February 1995, then President Fidel V. Ramos signed Republic Act 8003 into a law – declaring Las Piñas Church and Bamboo Organ, Las Piñas Bridge, Asinan Area, Father Diego Cera Bridge, and Old District Hospital as tourist spots of Las Piñas.[14]

Las Piñas is famous for its Bamboo Organ located inside the St. Joseph Parish Church in the old district of the city. Built in 1824 by a Catholic priest, Fr. Diego Cera, it is the only organ of its kind in the world with organ pipes mostly made out of bamboo. This organ is a known tourist attraction located in Las Piñas.

Las Piñas Historical Corridor ProjectEdit

The Las Piñas Historical Corridor Project was a program laid to restore the Old Town of Las Piñas. It was launched at the Malacañan Heroes' Hall on 13 November 1997. The project aims to educate the people of Las Piñas along the tourist corridor.[14] 19 structures were included along the historical corridor:

  • Boundary Arc
  • Bulwagang Ezekiel Moreno
  • Santuario de San Ezekiel Moreno
  • Police and Fire Station
  • Public Library
  • Plaza Quezon – designated as the Freedom Park in the City of Las Piñas by City Ordinance No. 700-06, Series of 2006. This was in accordance with Section 15 of Batas Pambansa Blg. 880, otherwise known as the "Public Assembly Act of 1985".[15]
  • Central Elementary School
  • E. Aldana Police Station
  • Fr. Diego Cera Bridge
  • Historical and Cultural Museum
  • Las Piñas Fish Port
  • Irasan Center
  • Las Piñas Manpower Youth Council – TESDA Building
  • Zapote Police Station
  • Las Piñas General Hospital and Satellite Trauma Center
  • Zapote Bridge
  • Brgy. Hall of Zapote
  • Centennial Flyover
  • Molino Dam

Las Piñas Town FeastEdit

The town fiesta of Las Piñas is celebrated every first Sunday of May each year to honor its patron saint, Saint Joseph. Saint Joseph's Day celebration is centered in St. Joseph Parish Church in the old poblacion of Las Piñas in Brgy. Daniel Fajardo on Padre Diego Cera Ave. (Quirino Ave.). Las Piñas was also the home of Mary Immaculate Parish Church, popularly known as the Nature Church, designed by Architect Francisco "Bobby" Mañosa.[16]

Las Piñas is also home to unique festivals such as:

  • International Bamboo Organ Festival – a music festival held in February celebrating the music of the unique Bamboo Organ with performances by local and foreign classical artists[17]
  • Waterlily Festival – every 27 July[18]
  • "Parol" or Lantern Festival – celebrated during Christmas season[19]
  • Las Piñas City Historical Festival – celebrated every March to commemorate significant historical events that happened in the city

List of cultural properties of Las PiñasEdit

Notable peopleEdit

Sister citiesEdit

LocalEdit

InternationalEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  13. ^ Total Population by City, Municipality and Barangay: as of August 1, 2015
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  15. ^ "City Ordinance No. 700-06, Series of 2006". The Official Website of the City of Las Piñas. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  16. ^ "Nature Church" Archived 26 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine. The Official Website of the City of Las Piñas. Retrieved 20 December 2014.
  17. ^ "Festival Program" Archived 20 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine. International Bamboo Organ Festival Official Website. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  18. ^ "Water Lily Festival". The Official Website of the City of Las Piñas. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  19. ^ Tribune (6 January 2013). "Las Piñas City's 7th Parol Festival". The Daily Tribune. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
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