"Our Neighboring City" Las Pinas by nixca316
Las Pinas Travel Guide: 20 reviews and 68 photos
Las Piñas is a city very near my hometown. It's so near that sometimes I forget where the boundaries are. When I visit the neighboring subdivisions near our village, it's hard to tell if I'm still in Paranaque or if I'm already there.
According to its official website:
Las Piñas was one of the earliest settlements on the fringes of Manila, which explains its colorful past that dates back to the 17th century. It used to be a barrio of Parañaque, then a sleepy fishing village with only 1,200 residents.
It was through the vision and hard work of Spanish missionary Fr. Diego Cera, who was appointed as its parish priest in 1795 that the development of Las Piñas started. Fr. Cera’s efforts led to the establishment of the Las Piñas church in 1819, the construction of the Bamboo Organ which took six years to finish and the construction of roads and bridges that spurred simple industries like dye-making, salt-production and handicrafts.
The years that followed when the well-loved priest Fr. Cera was forced to return to Spain because of his failing health were among the darkest in Las Piñas. The barrio became easy prey to roaming bandits. In 1880, a strong earthquake shook the town. The barrio lost hundreds of residents due to successive outbreaks of cholera and smallpox two years later. From 1896 to 1898, Las Piñas also became the battlefield of several bloody encounters between the revolutionary forces of General Emilio Aguinaldo and the Spanish troops.
On March 27, 1907, Las Piñas was proclaimed an independent municipality by virtue of Philippine Commission Act No. 1625.
By the 1960s, with the construction of the South Superhighway, Las Piñas became a first class municipality. Las Piñas’ geographic proximity to Manila and its transportation became a major attraction to real estate developers and business investors, eventually transforming this once-quiet and rustic coastal town into a booming urban center of residential subdivisions and large industries.
It was officially included as one of the towns and cities comprising the then Metro Manila area (now National Capital Region) in 1976.
In recognition of its rapid urbanization and steady growth, Congress passed a bill authored by former Las Piñas congressman Manuel B. Villar Jr. converting the municipality into a highly-urbanized city.
On February 12, 1997, President Fidel V. Ramos signed the Las Piñas cityhood bill into law. Residents approved their cityhood in a plebiscite on March 26, 1997, making Las Piñas the 10th city of Metro Manila.
Unlike metropolises outside of our country, this city still has a lot of room for improvement. Yet, the richness of its culture cannot be denied. It's a place you should not miss to visit once you "land" in our country.
- Pros:The City Hall is one of the cleanest in the metropolis...lots of history and culture
- Cons:Heavy traffic...many underdeveloped places (which *could* also be a good thing)
- In a nutshell:A diamond in the rough
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