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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.
|City of Las Piñas|
Las Piñas aerial photo along Barangays Talon and Almanza. SM Southmall at center
Home of the Bamboo Organ
Las Piñas, Our Home
Map of Metro Manila with Las Piñas highlighted
|Region||National Capital Region (NCR)|
|Province||none (Former part of Rizal province until 1975)|
|Founded||1762 or 1797|
|Chartered||27 March 1907|
|Cityhood and HUC||26 March 1997|
|Barangays||20 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Panlungsod|
|• Mayor||Imelda Aguilar|
|• Vice Mayor||Luis Bustamante|
|• Electorate||304,311 voters (2016)|
|• Total||32.69 km2 (12.62 sq mi)|
|Elevation||8.0 m (26.2 ft)|
|• Density||18,000/km2 (47,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)02|
|Climate type||Tropical monsoon climate|
|Income class||1st city income class|
|Revenue (₱)||2,000.1 million (2016)|
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".
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, a Spanish historian, and Fr. Juan de Medina 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. Felix Timbang was the first gobernadorcillo in 1762 while Mariano Ortiz was the first municipal president of the town of Las Piñas.
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.
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.
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.
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
People in Las Pinas are mainly Roman Catholic. Catholic churches in Las Pinas are under the control of the Diocese of Parañaque
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. For representation, the city is considered as one district, and therefore one representative, in the country's House of Representatives.
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.
|Area (km²)||Density (/km²)||Zip Code|
|Pulang Lupa Uno||1st||31,401|
|C.A.A. - B. F. International||1st||77,264|
|Pulang Lupa Dos||1st||33,171|
List of mayorsEdit
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.
- ABE - Las Piñas Campus
- Bernardo College
- Centro Escolar Las Piñas
- Don Carlo Cavina School
- Dr. Filemon C. Aguilar Memorial College of Las Piñas, a state college that offers Bachelor of Science in Accountancy, and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Major in Marketing, Financial Management and Human Resource Development Management), to deserving Las Piñeros.
- Dr. Filemon C. Aguilar Memorial College of Las Piñas - IT Campus, a state college that offer diploma courses like Computer programming, Visual graphics design and animations, it also offers Bachelor's degree like Bachelor of Science Major in Information Systems and Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering.
- Philippine Merchant Marine School - Las Piñas Campus
- AMA Computer College, Las Piñas
- STI College, Las Piñas
- Saint Francis of Assisi College
- Southville International School and Colleges
- University of Perpetual Help System DALTA
- APEC Schools Las Piñas
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
- Augustinian Abbey School
- Bloomfield Academy Center for Science and Technology
- Divine Light Academy
- St. Rose of Lima (Las Piñas) School Inc.
- Elizabeth Seton School
- Westfield Science Oriented School
Las Piñas is part of the route of the extension of the LRT Line 1, the South Extension Project. The actual construction officially started on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 because the Right-of-way is "free and clear" from obstructions. Once its completed, Las Piñas will be served by the LRT Line 1 through the Las Piñas station and Zapote station. The whole extension line from Baclaran to Niog, Bacoor, Cavite will be finished by 2022.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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".
- 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.
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
- Waterlily Festival – every 27 July
- "Parol" or Lantern Festival – celebrated during Christmas season
- 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
|De La Cruz House||The original owner was Genoveva Quilatan de la Cruz, from a political family.||National Capital Region||Las Piñas||716 San Francisco Street|
|Santos House||The house was constructed in 1932 by carpenter Pedro Arevalo. The original owners were Maximo Santos (musician) and his wife, Alita Loreto.||National Capital Region||Las Piñas||692 San Francisco Street|
|Tionquiao House||The house was constructed in 1947 by carpenter Sebastian Velasquez. The original owner was Ilidian Tionquiao, a dressmaker and businesswoman.||National Capital Region||Las Piñas||680 San Francisco Street|
|Cristobal House||The house was constructed in 1946. Its interiors were remodeled by Architect Dagurberto Cristobal Jr., son of the original owner, Manuel Santos Cristobal. The original owner used to work for Philippine Airlines as one of the pioneer plane technicians in the country.||National Capital Region||Las Piñas||624 San Francisco Street|
|De La Cruz House||The original owners were Mercedes de la Cruz and Felisa de la Cruz, who managed an embroidery business before.||National Capital Region||Las Piñas||591 San Francisco Street|
|Hernandez House||Catalina Hernandez was the mother of the original owner.||National Capital Region||Las Piñas||578 San Francisco Street|
|Jose House||The house was constructed in 1942 by Ingracio Jose Sr., an oil and air brush painter and sculptor.||National Capital Region||Las Piñas||043 Padre Diego Cera Avenue (Quirino Avenue at present)|
|De Leon House||The house was constructed in 1922 by Roberto de Leon. The house was turned into a local headquarters by guerrillas during the World War II.||National Capital Region||Las Piñas||810 San Jose Street|
|Ortiz-Alvarez House||The house was constructed in 1930s – used to be a restaurant during the American Period. Felisa Ortiz and Marcelo Alvarez were the grandparents of the current owner.||National Capital Region||Las Piñas||Padre Diego Cera Avenue (Quirino Avenue at present)|
|De La Cruz House||The house was constructed in 1950s. Gloria de la Cruz, a retired piano teacher, was the current owner.||National Capital Region||Las Piñas||Padre Diego Cera Avenue (Quirino Avenue at present)|
|Vasquez House||The house was constructed in 1950s. At present, the house was used as a funeraria, or funeral home.||National Capital Region||Las Piñas||068 Padre Diego Cera Avenue (Quirino Avenue at present)|
|Jimenez House||The house was constructed in 1930s. Perdo Jimenez, an office clerk at the Manila Post Office in Lawton, and his wife, Ezperanza Alvarez-Jimenez, an embroider, were the original owners.||National Capital Region||Las Piñas||Padre Diego Cera Avenue (Quirino Avenue at present)|
|Fajardo House||The house was constructed in 1939. Felang and Silvestre Fajardo, carpenter were the original owners of the house.||National Capital Region||Las Piñas||094 Padre Diego Cera Avenue (068 Quirino Avenue at present)|
|Cristobal House||The house was constructed in 1919. Santiago Cristobal was the original owner of the house.||National Capital Region||Las Piñas||152 Padre Diego Cera Avenue (Quirino Avenue at present)|
|Lara House||The house was constructed in 1880s. Calixto Lara, who used to own irasan, or salt beds, and his wife, Andeng Velasquez were the original owners of the house. The house became the Municipal Hall of Las Piñas during 1905–1913.||National Capital Region||Las Piñas||160 Padre Diego Cera Avenue (Quirino Avenue at present)|
|Hernandez House||The house was constructed in 1927 by Luis Eusebio. He was captured by the Japanese soldiers because of his suspected affiliation with a local guerrilla.||National Capital Region||Las Piñas||253 Padre Diego Cera Avenue (Quirino Avenue at present)|
|Viñalon House||Baldomero Viñalon, former mayor of the Municipality of Muntinlupa, used to own the house.||National Capital Region||Las Piñas||912–914 Aldana Street corner Ilaya Street|
|Alvarez House||The house was constructed in 1920. Lustina Aldana Alvarez was the original owner of the house.||National Capital Region||Las Piñas||934 Aldana Street|
|Cristobal-Julia House||Victoria Cristobal and Monico Julia were the original owners of the house.||National Capital Region||Las Piñas||218 Aldana Street|
- Amani Aguinaldo, UFL football player, member of Philippine Azkals
- Kevin Alas, PBA basketball player, member of Gilas Pilipinas and NLEX Road Warriors
- Zara Aldana or Zephorah Aldana Mayon, Mutya ng Pilipinas 2007 Asia Pacific International and former housemate of Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 2
- Raymond Bagatsing, actor
- McNeal (Awra) Briguela, child actor Of Ang Probinsyano
- Ely Buendia, songwriter, vocalist and guitarist of Eraserheads, Pupil, Oktaves and Apartel
- Sef Cadayona, actor and dancer
- Tirso Cruz III, actor
- Jen Da Silva, model, dancer as part of the 26K girls of Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal and former housemate of Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 2
- Ranidel de Ocampo, PBA basketball player, member of Gilas Pilipinas and TNT KaTropa
- Mr. Fu, radio jock, comedian and host
- Michelle Gavagan, Miss Philippines Fire 2011
- Enrique Gil, artist in ABS-CBN, lives in BF Executive Las Pinas
- Nikki Gil, singer, actress, TV host and former MYX VJ
- Ruben Gonzaga, comedian and winner of Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition 2
- Allan K., co-host of Eat Bulaga
- Pauleen Luna, actress
- Pol Medina, Jr., author of Pugad Baboy
- Jennylyn Mercado, actress and singer
- Iwa Moto, actress
- Sitti Navarro, bossa nova singer
- Amy Perez, actress, host and radio anchor
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