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History of Paranaque (Palanyag)

Paranaque ( formerly known as Palanyag) was said to be founded in 1572. The town was very close to the sea that is why they had the chance to trade with the Chinese, Indonesians, Indians and Malayans. The main source of livelihood were salt-making, fishing, planting rice, shoemaking, slipper-making and weaving during those period. Un

The history began in 1580 when Fr. Diego de Espinar, an Augustinian missionary, was appointed superior of the convent . As resident priest, he established the mission house, with its spiritual jurisdiction reaching up to Kawit, Cavite. The Council of the Definitors (or conference of chiefs of the religious orders) held on May 11, 1580, accepted Palanyag as an independent town.

Palanyag means "my beloved" for as far as its residents are concerned, this best describes their affection for their hometown.

Another version - The name came from the combination of the terms "palayan" and "palalayag", the former meaning ricefields of which the city once abounded in and the latter pertaining to the sailing and fishing occupation of many of its residents. This was also a sign of cooperation and goodwill between the two major working sectors of the town, the farmers and the fishermen.

Another version- According to tradition, was when a Spanish soldier told the driver of his caruaje or horse-drawn carriage, to "Para aqui, para aqui (Stop here, stop here)!" The driver, uncomprehending, kept on prodding his horse to go on while the soldier angrily repeated his instruction: "Para aqui, para aqui!" Onlookers just laughed as the Spaniards empathically said "para aniya aqui para aniya aqui (he said 'stop here' he said 'stop here)." For days the incident was repeated around and term "para aniya aqui" stuck.

There is another story that says of an imposing balete tree at the mouth of the Parañaque. It looked like a boat sailing slowly and majestically, earning the Tagalog term Palanyag, a corruption of the term "palayag" which means "point of navigation". Further adulteration of the word later resulted in the word "palanyaque".

St. Andrew's Cathedral

Diocese of Paranaque - composed of the Catholic community of Paranaque, Las Pinas and Muntinlupa City

Head - Bishop Jesse Mercado

Location : La Huerta, Quirino Ave., Parañaque City
Tels. 826-1760; 820-7178
Parish Priest : Msgr. Manuel G. Gabriel

Beside the cathedral is St. Andrew's School which were founded by the CICM fathers (from Belgium)

St. Andrew (Fisher of Men)

The First apostle of Jesus Christ
Brother of St. Peter
Feast day: November 30
Patron saint of the fishermen

Nuestra Senora del Buensuceso
Feast day: August 10

  • Last visit to Paranaque: Sep 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Dthey's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2008 at 3:36 AM

    Very cool family shots ah! Tumira po kami sa malapit sa Jacinto po sa Aguirre. Kayalng sobrang traffic na parang ayaw ko na bumalik.

  • RobKSA's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2007 at 4:14 AM

    I used to live in Don Galo a long long time ago during my college years. La Huerta is where I used to go to church. thx for sharing the tips and pics.

  • nixca316's Profile Photo
    Mar 20, 2007 at 11:45 PM

    I hope to fill our hometown pages too...ang dami kong pics, di ko lang alam simulan.

  • moonlighting's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2006 at 3:06 AM

    I enjoyed reading the history of Parañaque. Nice photo of the church too. Looking forward to more of your pages. Happy travels forever!

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