One of the most progressive and sought-after addresses in the south of Metro Manila, Paranaque is a highly urbanized city. It is bordered by Pasay to its north, Taguig to its northeast, Muntinlupa to its southeast, Las Piñas to its southwest, and Manila Bay to its west. The more than 400 years old city was founded by Spanish missionaries in 1572 during the American occupation of the Philippines. Its name was derived from the phrase “para na aque,” which means “stop now, boy.” In the past, the expression was used by people to get off from horse-drawn carriages or kalesa in Filipino.
Paranaque was converted into a city from being a municipality in February 1998. It was the 11th city in the National Capital Region. According to the 2015 census of the Philippine Statistics Authority, it has a total population of 665,822. Today, it is one of the cities in Metro Manila where progress is steady. In fact, due to its consistent growth, it was given three titles such as “The Fashion Capital of the Philippines,” The City of Lights,” and “The Bay City.”
Paranaque is, in general, laidback. Its relaxed atmosphere continues to attract families who prefer to live where comfort and privacy are tangible despite being in a dynamic city. A self-sustaining city, it is home to thousands of commercial establishments, corporate offices, malls, world-class hotels, first-rate schools, restaurants and cafés, and premier residential communities. In addition, it is a highly competitive city that provides relentless growth to its people, residents who prefer to settle in a prime yet easygoing location.
Paranaque consists of 16 barangays with BF Homes having the most number of inhabitants. Divided into two districts, District 1 comprises Baclaran, Don Galo, La Huerta, San Dionisio, San Isidro, Sto. Niño, Tambo, and Vitalez while District 2 include BF Homes, Don Bosco, Marcelo Green, Merville, Moonwalk, San Antonio, San Martin de Porres, and San Valley. Those who live in the city range from humble and well-to-do families, business executives, entrepreneurs, prominent artists, politicians to expatriates. As one of the most inclusive places of residence, Paranaque ensures that discrimination is non-existent within its confines.
Located in the southern part of Metro Manila and accessible via major thoroughfares like the Manila-Cavite Expressway, Metro Manila Skyway, and South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), traveling to and from Paranaque is trouble-free. The completion of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Expressway in 2017 connected the cities including Pasay and Makati. In addition, due to its accessibility, it has become an important center for trade and business despite it being mostly residential. The NAIA spans the border between the city and Pasay, making it a preferred home especially of expatriates who often fly in and out of the country. Another famous landmark in the city is the Redemptorist Church in Baclaran where the Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is located. Devotees, even those who live outside the city, frequent the church; in fact, Wednesday has been tagged as “Baclaran Day,” as most devotees flock to the church on the said day.
Paranaque holds several festivals throughout the year to sustain its traditional community spirit. Caracol, a festival that revolves around boats, and Sunduan, which is held every month of November during the Araw ng Paranaque celebration, are among the most popular events in the city.
For those whose preference is the upmarket lifestyle, Paranaque is ideal, as it is dotted with five-star hotels and resort-casinos. The City of Dreams Manila, a 6.2-hectare luxury integrated resort and casino complex on Aseana Avenue; Solaire Resort and Casino, a premier entertainment complex along the Bay City area of Paranaque, and Okada Manila, a 44-hectare ultra-luxury integrated hotel-resorts complex in the Entertainment City, are the go-to areas of residents and visitors who want to experience world-class luxury and amusement in Metro Manila. These developments also contribute to the constant economic growth of the city.
Paranaque has residential areas where mid to high-end houses are located. Some of the prime villages in the city are BF Homes, Merville, and Moonwalk. Aside from these sought-after neighborhoods, Paranaque has condominium developments in key areas such as Aseana City and Sun Valley. Those who see it ideal to live near corporate offices and commercial establishments in the south of Metro Manila consider buying or renting a condominium unit in Paranaque as the best options. Moreover, renting is superior than buying for those who do not want to be stuck in one place.
The Balinese-inspired Raya Gardens Condominium consists of two 15-story high-rise towers namely Jakarta and Surabaya, and three five-story medium-rise buildings namely Bali, Bandung, and Bogor. The Bali-themed urban retreat is located in West Service Road, Merville. The resort-like residential development serves as a hideaway, suitable for those who seek undisturbed rest without compromises despite being in an active city. Developed by DMCI Homes, it is an affordable yet quality home. Moreover, it is located near two of the country’s major business centers, the Makati Central Business District (CBD) and Bonifacio Global City (BGC).
Raya Gardens Condominium offers studio to three-bedroom condominium units. Its features include swimming pools, a basketball court, fitness center, and function rooms.
Burgundy McKinley Place
The Burgundy McKinley Place is one of the most recent residential developments to highlight the Paranaque skyline. It is located on Pacific Avenue, offering a picturesque view of Manila Bay, Coastal Bay, and the Manila Makati Skyline. Developed by Burgundy Builders and Development Corporation, its quality is superior, albeit being one of the humble and best kept residential projects in Metro Manila. Strategically built near the Makati CBD than the corporate offices in Paranaque, it spares its residents who work in the country’s top business center from maddening commutes.
Those who rent in Burgundy McKinley Place can take advantage of its first-rate amenities such as the roof deck, swimming pools, a staffed gym and fitness center, and function rooms. Moreover, there are commercial establishments including a convenience store on the ground floor of the building.
Azure Urban Resort Residences
A tropical-themed residential community that features the country’s first man-made beach and top-quality amenities, Azure Urban Resort Residences is deemed as an urban paradise. It consists of high-rise towers named after world-famous beaches. The 6-hectare project developed by Century Properties and partly designed by Paris Hilton, a celebrity and style icon, is located on the accessible Soledad Avenue.
Azure Urban Resort and Residences has residential units that range from one to three-bedroom. Aside from its stunning beach, it also has a 25-meter lap pool, cafeteria, lounge area, roof-deck, and beach volleyball and basketball courts.