Once a humble fishing port and a major sea salt-producing municipality, Las Piñas has grown into a prominent residential, commercial, and industrial city over the last decades. It is one of the 16 cities that complete the National Capital Region (NCR), or more popular to locals as Metro Manila. In February 1997, the bill that was signed by former President Fidel V. Ramos elevated Las Piñas from being a municipality into a city. Today, according to the 2015 census of Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), it has a population of 588,894 and a total land area of 41.54 square kilometers.
Aside from being one of the earliest fishing settlements in the country, Las Piñas was proclaimed as a province of Manila in 1762 according to Agustin, a Spanish historian, and Fr. Juan de Medina. In addition, it was formerly called “Las Pilas” due to its separation from Paranaque due to tribal conflicts. In 1901, it was incorporated to the province of Rizal and was separated from Manila. After two years, it was combined with Paranaque; however, in March 1907, it was separated from Paranaque to become an independent municipality again. Its independence was further highlighted when it was excised from the province of Rizal to become one of the municipalities that make up Metro Manila.
Las Piñas is bordered by Paranaque to its northeast; Muntinlupa to its southeast; Bacoor, Cavite to its west and southwest; and Manila Bay to its northwest. It has 20 barangays grouped into two legislative districts. District 1 comprises the northwestern half of the city and includes Daniel Fajardo, Elias Adarna, Ilaya, Manuyo Uno, Pamplona Uno, Pulang Lupa Uno, Talon Uno, Zapote, CAA – BF International, Manuyo Dos, Pamplona Tres, and Pulang Lupa Dos; District 2 includes Almanza Uno, Almanza Dos, Pamplona Dos, Pilar, Talon Dos, Talon Tres, Talon Kuatro, and Talon Singko.
Las Piñas is predominantly residential; nevertheless, it is a center for commerce. Jeepneys are the most recognized mode of transportation in the country. Despite them being a remnant of World War II, they dominate the streets of Metro Manila up to this day. Pulang Lupa, Las Piñas is where the Sarao jeepney factory is located. Apart from the continuous production of jeepneys, albeit in small quantities, Las Piñas is also a top producer of the traditional “parol” or the Christmas lantern and many residents rely on their coconut livelihood.
Despite the consistent economic growth of Las Piñas, the city has earned the distinction of being Metro Manila’s cleanest and most peaceful city for three straight years. The award emphasized the commitment of its local government to provide those who live in Las Piñas a safe home. Moreover, a sense of community among its residents is promoted through town feasts. These festivals include the Fiesta of Las Piñas celebrated every first Sunday of May at St. Joseph Parish Church to honor its patron saint, Saint Joseph,; International Bamboo Organ Festival, a music festival every February celebrating the music of the unique Bamboo Organ with performances by local and foreign classical artists; Waterlily Festival, which is celebrated every 27th of July; “Parol” or Lantern Festival, held during the Christmas season; and Las Piñas City Historical Festival, which is celebrated every March to remember important historical events that took place in the city.
Las Piñas is located in the south of Metro Manila and serves as one of the gateways to Calabarzon – Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Rizal, and Quezon – provinces. It is also a less than an hour drive, lesser without traffic congestion, to key business locations such as Filinvest City in Muntinlupa, the Makati Central Business District (CBD), Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, and Ortigas Center. Its accessibility benefits its residents who work in the aforementioned business centers.
Las Piñas is a self-sustaining city preferred by those who value convenience and comfort despite being in a progressive location. It has best practices in local governance. One of its initiatives is the “Tuloy-tuloy na Serbisyo” program. The program paved the way for the institutionalization of policies such as the issuance of Green Card for every resident to receive free hospitalization, free IT and college education at the city-run colleges, decent housing through the urban poor renewal and development program, and free livelihood and skills training for would-be entrepreneurs.
Residents of Las Piñas understand the benefits of living where comfort and security are priorities above all else. Many flock to the city to be a part of a community that nurtures relationships and contributes to growth in the many aspects of life. Today, there are still hundreds of for sale and for rent houses in Las Piñas for those who want to prefer to reside where life is at its best.
BF Homes International
With a total land area of 216 hectares, BF Homes International is the largest barangay in Las Piñas. As a highly urbanized area, it houses health centers, globally competitive schools, local government offices, and is near Alabang-Zapote Road where hundreds of dining and hang out options are located.
BF Homes International is accessible through major roads such as the CAA Road, Alabang-Zapote Road, and the Evacom-Canaynay Road.
One of the top options of those who want to live in Las Piñas, Pilar is a sought-after address that has seen a drastic development in the last few years. Its close proximity to commercial establishments including the SM Southmall and Alabang Town Center (ATC) makes it an ideal place of residence. In addition, several restaurants and cafes are within its confines to cater to those who want to de-stress after a long day or to spend time with family and friends.
BF Resort Village
Not to be mistaken with BF Paranaque, BF Resort Village is located within Talon Uno and Talon Dos. Its prominence can be attributed to the upscale houses and go-to restaurants it has. Moreover, aside from commercial establishments dotted around its vicinity, it is where one of Las Piñas’ largest schools, Elizabeth Seton School, is sited. Alabang-Zapote Road and is a few minutes’ walk outside the main gate of the village is the private hospital and college, University of Perpetual Help.