Las Piñas

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Las Piñas
Highly-Urbanized City
City of Las Piñas
Zapote River and Quirino Avenue
Zapote River and Quirino Avenue
Official seal of Las Piñas
Seal
Nickname(s): Home of the Bamboo Organ, City of Love and Progress, Salt Center of Metro Manila, Lantern Capital of Metro Manila
Motto: Las Piñas, Our Home
Map of Metro Manila showing the location of Las Piñas
Map of Metro Manila showing the location of Las Piñas
Las Piñas is located in Philippines
Las Piñas
Las Piñas
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°26.7′N 120°59.6′E / 14.4450°N 120.9933°E / 14.4450; 120.9933Coordinates: 14°26.7′N 120°59.6′E / 14.4450°N 120.9933°E / 14.4450; 120.9933
Country  Philippines
Region National Capital Region
Districts Lone District of Las Piñas
Incorporated (Town) 1762 or 1797
Incorporated (Separated from Parañaque) March 27, 1907
Incorporated (City) March 26, 1997
Barangays 20
Government
 • Mayor Vergel A. Aguilar (Nacionalista)
 • Vice Mayor Luis I. Bustamante (Nacionalista)
 • Sangguniang Panlungsod
Area[1]
 • Total 32.69 km2 (12.62 sq mi)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 552,573
 • Density 17,000/km2 (44,000/sq mi)
Demonym Las Piñero
Time zone Philippine Standard Time (UTC+8)
ZIP code 1740 - 1752
Dialing code 2
Website laspinascity.gov.ph

Las Piñas, officially the City of Las Piñas (Filipino: Lungsod ng Las Piñas), is a city in the National Capital Region of the Philippines with a population of 552,573 as of the 2010 Census. It is bounded to northeast by the Parañaque; to the southeast by Muntinlupa; to the west and southwest by Bacoor; and to the northwest by the 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.

Like neighbouring Muntinlupa, Las Piñas has banned the use of plastics and styrofoam in packaging.

The city[edit]

Map of Las Piñas City

Established as a small fishing port and becoming a major sea salt-producing municipality from several salt evaporation ponds since the Spanish Era, Las Piñas has grown into an important residential, commercial and industrial suburb of Metro Manila.

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 famous organ is praised for its unique, rare, and melodious sound.

The Sarao Motors factory, also located in Las Piñas, is the place where jeepneys are assembled piece by piece in painstaking individual production. The factory remains open to buyers and curious tourists all year round.

Las Piñas also houses SM Southmall, which has an area of 205,120 square meters and is located along Alabang–Zapote Road. The newest shopping mall development in the city is SM Center Las Piñas, located few meters away from City Hall. The first high-rise building in the city is the 16-storey residential Almanza Metropolis.

Las Piñas, also known as one of the cleanest cities in Metro Manila, is in the list of the "Clean and Green Hall of Fame" awarded by the Philippine Government. It is also the first local government unit in the Philippines that has been honoured with the prestigious Global 500 Roll of Honour of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). These honours were in recognition of the city's outstanding achievements in the protection and improvement of the environment.

Las Piñas has recently acquired the status "Most Competitive City" in the Philippines, together with Davao City, Makati, Muntinlupa and Marikina.

Etymology[edit]

The story about the true origin of the city's name, "Las Piñas", varies. Some said that traders from the province of Cavite and Batangas shipped first their piña (pineapples) for sale to this town before they are distributed in nearby markets. Others 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 of St. Joseph Parish Church founded by Fr. 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 fundio este equilon ano de 1820" showing that even during the time of Fr. Cera, the town's first parish priest, the town has been called "Las Peñas" until after sometime that the spelling of the town's name was changed into "Las Piñas".[3]

History[edit]

Las Piñas was one of the earliest fishing settlements on the shores of Manila Bay. It was proclaimed as a town of Cavite province either in 1762 or 1797. Cavada, a Spanish historian and Fr. Juan 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 year 1762 while Mariano Ortiz was the first municipal president of the town of Las Piñas. [4]

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 Cavite and incorporated to the newly created province of Rizal pursuant to the Philippine Commission Act No. 137. Two years later, 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 March 27, 1907 by virtue of Philippine Commission Act No. 1625. Then, with the founding of the Metropolitan Manila Area or Metro Manila in 1976, Las Piñas became one of the municipalities making up the region.

On February 12, 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 March 26, 1997.

Local government[edit]

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.[5] 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 barangays[edit]

Population census of Las Piñas
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 297,102 —    
1995 413,086 +6.37%
2000 472,780 +2.94%
2007 532,330 +1.65%
2010 552,573 +1.37%
Source: National Statistics Office[6]

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.

Municipal Mayors[edit]

  • Juan Tiongkiao (1908-1913)
  • Mariano Santos (1913-1916)
  • Rufino De Leon (1916-1918)
  • Manuel Arevalo (1918-1922)
  • Clemente Dalandan (1922-1925)
  • Elias Aldana (1925-1934)
  • Eugenio Trinidad (1935-1937,1947-1951)
  • Bernardo Aldana (1938-1946)
  • Pedro Dela Cruz (1952-1959)
  • Francisco Antonio (1959-1963)
  • Filemon Aguilar (1964-1986)
  • Alfredo Juntilla (1986-1988)
  • Rosalino Riguera (1988-1992)
  • Gabriel Casimiro (1992-1995)
  • Vergel Aguilar (1995-1997)

City Mayors[edit]

  • Vergel "Nene" Aguilar (1997-2004,2007-Present)
  • Imelda "Mel" Aguilar (2004-2007)

Culture[edit]

On February 22, 1995, former 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. [7]

Las Piñas Historical Corridor Project[edit]

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 November 13, 1997. The project aims to educate the people of Las Piñas along the tourist corridor. [7] 18 structures were included along the historical corridor, namely;

  • 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". [8]
  • 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 Feast[edit]

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. [9]

Las Piñas City 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.[10]
  • Waterlily Festival - every July 27.[11]
  • "Parol" or Lantern Festival - celebrated during Christmas season.[12]

List of Cultural Properties of Las Piñas[edit]

Shopping Malls[edit]

SM Southmall's new north wing facade.
Robinsons Place Las Piñas
  • SM Southmall is a large shopping mall owned and operated by SM Prime Holdings. The mall opened in April 1995, and is the first SM Supermall in southern region of Metro Manila, the 5th SM Supermall ever built by Chinese-Filipino businessman, Henry Sy, Sr. and the 10th largest shopping mall in the Philippines. The mall is 2nd shopping mall in the South Metro Manila Area in terms of its size which is 200,000 sq.m of land area and a total floor area of 205,120 sq.m. It went through major renovation on 2010 and currently caters to all social classes.
  • Robinsons Place Las Piñas is the city's newest shopping center which opened in 2014 along Alabang-Zapote Road in Talon Tres. It is the first and only Robinsons Mall in the South Metro Manila area.
  • SM Center Las Piñas is a shopping mall owned and operated by SM Prime Holdings. The mall opened on October 2, 2009, and is the second SM Supermall in Las Piñas, the 35th SM Supermall ever built by Chinese-Filipino businessman, Henry Sy, Sr.. Unlike the other SM Malls, SM Center is noted to be smaller, having no department store and only three SM-owned retail stores and is mostly visited by nearby locals for its supermarket.
  • SM Hypermarket (formerly Makro; a warehouse-turned-supermarket owned by Henry Sy, Sr.)
  • Starmall Las Piñas
  • Starmall Las Piñas - Annex
  • Puregold Las Pinas
  • Evia Lifestyle Center
  • Uniwide Metro Mall is a dilapidated mall which unofficially serves the lower and lower-middle classes. Originally a mall catering to the middle class with ready-to-wear clothes, due to the Asian financial crisis, Uniwide Sales, Inc. lost a lot of its net worth and became a low-maintenance shopping mall with few retail stores and a supermarket.

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Las Piñas City will soon be served by the LRT-1 (via Manuyo Uno Station and Las Piñas Station).

Road network[edit]

Las Piñas City is accessible through these major roads:

The city is bisected by Real Street (Spanish for Royal), also known as the Alabang–Zapote Road. It forms part of the 3,517 km (2,185 mi) Maharlika Highway or Pan-Philippine Highway, a network of roads, bridges, and ferry services that connect the islands of Luzon, Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao. The Alabang–Zapote Road connects the South Luzon Expressway, which passes through Muntinlupa in the east, to Coastal Road along the eastern shore of Manila Bay.

Coastal Road is a major tollway which runs the southern length of Metro Manila's shoreline with Manila Bay. It is an important artery for people commuting between Las Piñas and Cavite to Manila.

In 2004, the Daang Hari (Tagalog for King's Way) motorway was completed along the Las Piñas-Muntinlupa border. The road provides an alternative access route to the inner areas of both cities, including the neighbouring towns of Bacoor, Cavite and San Pedro, Laguna. Daang Hari is also popular route for cyclists, especially on weekends.

Bus[edit]

There are several bus lines linking Las Piñas and Manila. Bus services that operates in Las Piñas includes Tas Trans Corp./Bensan Trans, Reinalyn Bus Lines, WLH Trans/WLLH Liner, MJ Sunville Transport. There are also several FX vans that goes from Manila to Las Piñas and they are usually parked in front of the Manila Central Post Office. Various jeepney routes also ply the roads between the city and neighboring cities and towns in Parañaque, Muntinlupa & Cavite .

Notable people[edit]

Sister cities[edit]

Local[edit]

International[edit]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Province: NCR, FOURTH DISTRICT". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "2010 Census of Population and Housing: National Capital Region". National Statistics Office of the Republic of the Philippines. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Pransism (2011-11). "Las Piñas (St. Joseph Church): Home of the Bamboo Organ". Back Trails. Retrieved on 2013-04-07.
  4. ^ Salonga, Isayas R. (1934). Rizal Province Directory: History, Government and General Information with the Full Text of the Philippine Independence Law, Volume One. General Printing Press. 
  5. ^ Synchronized National and Local Elections Law - Republic Act No. 7166, Section 3.c.. Accessed on October 21, 2009.
  6. ^ "Population and Annual Growth Rates for The Philippines and Its Regions, Provinces, and Highly Urbanized Cities". 2010 Census and Housing Population. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 
  7. ^ a b Crisanto, Joyce & De la Torre, Visitacion (2006). Las Piñas: A City with Heritage (1st ed.). Villar Foundation. 
  8. ^ "City Ordinance No. 700-06, Series of 2006". The Official Website of the City of Las Piñas. Retrieved on 2014-12-20.
  9. ^ "Nature Church". The Official Website of the City of Las Piñas. Retrieved on 2014-12-20.
  10. ^ "Festival Program". International Bamboo Organ Festival Official Website. Retrieved on 2013-04-21.
  11. ^ "Water Lily Festival". The Official Website of the City of Las Piñas. Retrieved on 2013-04-07.
  12. ^ Tribune (2013-01-06). "Las Piñas City’s 7th Parol Festival". The Daily Tribune. Retrieved on 2013-04-07.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "The Architectural Heritage of Manila/Metro Manila Project, 1571-1961". Institute of the Philippine Culture and the Society for the Preservation of Philippine Culture, Inc. Retrieved 12 Dec 2014. 

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