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 (₱)||2,000,189,668.48 (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.
|Population census of Las Piñas|
|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.
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||35,602|
|C.A.A. - B. F. International||1st||69,660|
|Pulang Lupa Dos||1st||30,779|
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.
Las Piñas is part of the route of the extension of the LRT Line 1, the South Extension Project. The actual construction will start by first half of 2019 once the Right-of-way issues are substantially addressed. Once Phase 2 of the project is completed, Las Piñas will be served by the LRT Line 1 through the Las Piñas and Zapote stations. The LRT Line 1 South Extension will pass to this city, reach Bacoor in Cavite and will be finished by 2023.
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 famous organ is praised for its unique, rare, and melodious sound.
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:
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:
Local elections was held in the Las Piñas on May 9, 2016 within the Philippine general election. The voters elected for the elective local posts in the city: the mayor, vice mayor, the one Congressman, and the councilors, six in each of the city's two legislative districts.Alabang–Zapote Road
Alabang–Zapote Road is a four-lane national road which travels east–west through the southern limits of Metro Manila, Philippines. It runs parallel to Dr. Santos Avenue in the north and is named for the two barangays that it links: Alabang in Muntinlupa and Zapote in Las Piñas.
From its eastern terminus at an interchange with South Luzon Expressway and the Skyway, the road runs westwards for 10.2 kilometers (6.3 mi) to the junction with Diego Cera Avenue and Aguinaldo Highway. And since 1997, it also extends further west for several hundred meters connecting Las Piñas to its present terminus at Coastal Road (R-1) in Bacoor, Cavite.The road carries more than 70,000 vehicles per day as of 2016, and suffers from traffic jams. The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) listed Alabang-Zapote Road as a major traffic bottleneck point or choke point, and the Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP), or "color coding" scheme, is modified for the road to no longer include window hours.Bamboo Organ
The Las Piñas Bamboo Organ in St. Joseph Parish Church in Las Piñas City, Philippines, is a 19th-century church organ with unique organ pipes; Of its 1031 pipes 902 are made of bamboo. It was completed after 6 years of work in 1824 by Father Diego Cera, the builder of the town's stone church and its first resident Catholic parish priest.After age and numerous disasters had rendered the musical instrument unplayable for a long time, in 1972, the national government and the local community joined together to have the organ shipped to Germany for restoration. For its anticipated return in 1975, the home church of the bamboo organ and the surrounding buildings were restored to their 19th-century state by Architect Francisco Mañosa and partner Ludwig Alvarez in time for its scheduled return. The annual International Bamboo Organ Festival, a music festival of classical music, was started to celebrate the music of the reborn instrument and its unique sound.Since 1992, Prof. Armando Salarza has been the titular organist of the Bamboo Organ. He is also the Artistic Director of the International Bamboo Organ Festival, now the longest-running annual international music festival held in the country.The organ was declared a National Cultural Treasure of the Philippines in 2003. The St. Joseph Parish Church, with the famous organ and the church museum at the old convent house, is a popular tourist destination for Filipinos and foreign visitors alike in Las Piñas.Centro Escolar Las Piñas
Centro Escolar Las Piñas formerly known as Las Piñas College is a school located in Pilar Village, Almanza, Las Piñas City, Metro Manila, Philippines. The school was founded 1973, when, Dr. Faustino Legaspi Uy opened the School of Nursing with the Graduate of Nursing (GN) Program using the Las Piñas General Hospital – that eventually became Dr. Faustino L. Uy Medical Foundation – as the clinical division. Initially created to provide a Nursing program, over the years the school has evolved to provide kindergarten, primary and secondary schooling, along with several bachelors programs and a masters program. It has been acquired by Centro Escolar University in 2015 and now serves as a satellite campus of the university.Diego Cera Avenue
The Padre Diego Cera Avenue, or simply Diego Cera Avenue, is a major north-south collector road in Las Piñas, southern Metro Manila, Philippines. It is a four-lane undivided arterial running parallel to the Manila–Cavite Expressway to the west from Manuyo Uno at Las Piñas' border with Parañaque in the north to Zapote near the border with Bacoor, Cavite in the south. It is a continuation of Elpidio Quirino Avenue from Parañaque and was originally a segment of Calle Real in Las Piñas. The road is a component of the National Route 62 (N62) of the Philippine highway network and Radial Road 2 (R-2) of Manila's arterial road network.
The avenue marks the original shoreline of Manila Bay in Las Piñas as it existed during the Spanish colonial period. Prior to the construction of the Coastal Road in 1985, the road served as the highway linking Manila with Cavite and other southern provinces. The Manila Bay shoreline is currently about 400 to 600 meters to the west.
The road is situated in the Las Piñas historical corridor being home to the city's oldest structures such as the Las Piñas Church, the Las Piñas Gabaldon Hall and the old Las Piñas District Hospital. It was named for Fray Diego Cera de la Virgen del Carmen (1762–1832), the Spanish missionary from Huesca who designed and built the world-famous Bamboo Organ in 1824.Las Piñas Church
The Saint Joseph Parish (Spanish: Iglesia Parroquial de Las Piñas), otherwise known as the Las Piñas Church (Filipino: Simbahan ng Las Piñas) or Bamboo Organ Church, is a parish church in Las Piñas, just south of the city of Manila in the Philippines. The church is renowned to house the Bamboo Organ, a pipe organ made mostly with bamboo pipes. To the right of the church is an old Spanish convent converted into a gift shop and the entrance for observing the organ up close. Also in the church complex is St. Joseph's Academy, a primary and secondary education school established in 1914.
The parish falls under the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Parañaque. The parish priest is Rev. Fr. Augusto C. Pulido since July 1, 2017.Las Piñas City National Science High School
Las Piñas City National Science High School (Filipino: Mataas na Paaralang Pang-Agham ng Lungsod ng Las Piñas) is a science high school located in Las Piñas, Philippines. It is a specialized public high school concentrating in English, math, science and humanities. At present, it has approximately 600 students from Grade 7 to Grade 10. It is under the administration of the local government of Las Piñas City and is recognized by the Department of Education.Las Piñas LRT station
Las Piñas LRT station is a proposed stop on the Manila LRT (Line 1). It is part of the LRT Line 1 South Extension Project. It is one of two proposed LRT stations in Las Piñas, the other being Manuyo Uno station.
The LRT-1 plan calls for an almost entirely elevated extension of approximately 11.7 km. The extension will have 8 passenger stations with an option for 2 future stations (Manuyo Uno and Talaba), all intended to be constructed above-ground.Las Piñas–Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area
The Las Piñas–Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area is a protected area spanning the cities of Las Piñas and Parañaque in Metro Manila, Philippines.Legislative district of Las Piñas
The Legislative District of Las Piñas City is the representation of the City of Las Piñas in the Philippine House of Representatives. From 1907 until 1972, it was represented as part of the first district of Rizal. Las Piñas was part of the representation of Region IV in the Interim Batasang Pambansa from 1978 to 1984, and was grouped with Parañaque (as the district of Las Piñas-Parañaque) from 1984 to 1986 for representation in the Regular Batasang Pambansa. In 1987 it was grouped with Muntinlupa to form the district of Las Piñas-Muntinlupa. Las Piñas first elected its own representative in 1998, after the city charter of Muntinlupa (Republic Act No. 7926), approved on March 1, 1995 and ratified on May 8, 1995, separated the two. This separation was confirmed by the city's own city charter (RA 8251), approved on February 2, 1997 and ratified on March 26, 1997.Legislative district of Las Piñas–Muntinlupa
The Legislative district of Las Piñas–Muntinlupa was the combined representation of the Metropolitan Manila municipalities (now highly urbanized cities) of Las Piñas and Muntinlupa in the lower house of the Congress of the Philippines from 1987 to 1998.
Since 1998, each has been represented separately through the lone congressional districts of Las Piñas and Muntinlupa.Legislative district of Las Piñas–Parañaque
The Legislative district of Las Piñas–Parañaque was the combined representation of the Metropolitan Manila municipalities of Las Piñas and Parañaque in the Regular Batasang Pambansa from 1984 to 1986.Manuyo Uno station
Manuyo Uno LRT Station is an optional proposed stop on the Manila LRT (Line 1). It is part of the LRT Line 1 South Extension Project. The station would be located on Villareal Street corner C-5 Extension in Las Piñas.
The LRT-1 plan calls for an almost entirely elevated extension of approximately 11.7 km. The extension will have 8 passenger stations, with an option for 2 future stations (Manuyo Uno and Talaba), all intended to be constructed above-ground.The station is named after its proposed location in Barangay Manuyo Uno along C-5 Extension in Las Piñas. It is one of two proposed LRT stations in Las Piñas, the other being Las Piñas station.Robinsons Place Las Piñas
Robinsons Place Las Piñas is a shopping mall and mixed-use development in Las Piñas, Metro Manila, Philippines. It is located on the north side of Alabang–Zapote Road between CAA Road and Admiral Road in Talon 3. The mall is owned and managed by Robinsons Land Corporation, the second largest mall operator in the Philippines. It is the 39th mall opened by Robinsons in the Philippines and the first and only Robinsons mall in Las Piñas and the whole South Manila area.SM Center Las Piñas
SM Center Las Piñas is a shopping mall owned by SM Prime Holdings located along Alabang-Zapote Road, Pamplona, Las Piñas, Metro Manila, Philippines. It is the second SM Supermall in Las Piñas after SM Southmall. It is beside the Dragon Mall, formerly Ever Center, and almost fronting the Las Piñas City Hall. It opened on October 2, 2009 with a gross floor area of 34,000 square meters. SM Center Las Piñas attracts locals from the western section of Las Piñas and in the nearby provinces of Laguna and Cavite for the SM Hypermarket. This is the second SM Supermall to have no cinemas after SM Center Pasig.Saint Francis of Assisi College
Saint Francis of Assisi College (SFAC) is a system of private, Catholic-oriented but non-sectarian Philippine educational institutions, offering complete education from pre-school up to the graduate or masteral level of education. The main campus is situated in Las Piñas City, Metro Manila.Southville International School and Colleges
Southville International School and Colleges (SISC) is a private, non-sectarian school. Chosen by the Philippine Department of Education as a "School of the Future" in January 1997, SISC Basic Education is currently accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. SISC became ISO 9001:2000 certified in 2004. The school was authorized as an "IB World School" in August 2005.
Among the school’s numerous accreditations and recognitions are:
• Internationally Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (W.A.S.C.-USA) (K-12)
• ISO 9001-2008 Certified
• International Baccalaureate (I.B.) Authorized World School (Geneva, Switzerland)
• Recognized by the Department of Education as a “School of the Future”
• Recognized as a school of International Character through the promulgation of Philippine Republic Act 9493UFO sightings in the Philippines
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The University of Perpetual Help System DALTA (UPHSD) is a Catholic-oriented, co-educational, private university, with campuses at Las Piñas, Bacoor, Cavite, and Calamba City, Laguna in the Philippines. The university offers programs in preschool, primary, secondary, tertiary levels, as well as short term vocational, technical, and special programs.