At present, Las Piñas City is known as a bustling urban center for residential subdivisions and large industries. It was once known as a small fishing port, but has since them emerged into one of the major sea salt-producing municipalities in the country.
The city highly regards its history and historical sites which play a big role in its culture. In fact, Las Piñas City was the scene of many battles between Filipino revolutionary fighters and the Spanish troops. The city celebrates several festivals annually like the Water Lily Festival, an initiative that has helped the local economy, provided jobs to residents, and helps the environment. Water lilies were discovered by residents as an effective raw material that could be made into products such as baskets, sleeping mats, gowns, and other handicrafts. Other festivals celebrated are the Lantern Festival during the Christmas season, the Historical Festival which commemorates significant events of the past, as well as its city-wide fiesta on the first Sunday of May. Las Piñas is also known as the home of the first and only bamboo organ, built in 1824, which has inspired an annual festival known as the International Bamboo Organ Festival.
The city is divided into 20 barangays in two districts. The first district consists of Daniel Fajardo, Elias Aldana, Ilaya, Manuyo Uno, Pamplona Uno, Pulang Lupa Uno, Talon Uno, Zapote, CAA, Manuyo Dos, Pamplona Tres, and Pulang Lupa Dos. The second district covers Almanza Uno, Almanza Dos, Pamplona Dos, Pilar, Talon Dos, Talon Tres, Talon Kuatro, and Talon Singko.
The city boasts of continuous progress in its economy, despite being a relatively young city as it was only transitioned from its municipality status in 1997. Its close proximity to Manila through a variety of roads has aided in drawing in business. In the mid-80s, the Manila-Cavite Expressway was constructed to directly link Metro Manila to Cavite and the rest of CALABARZON which passes through Las Piñas.
The city has been known primarily for its residential villages that have houses for sale or for rent at more reasonable rates compared to those in its neighbors Parañaque and Muntinlupa. It’s an attractive option especially for those who want to remain nearby these two cities but have to work around a limited budget. For residences that live at the heart of Las Piñas’ residential subdivisions, however, traffic could pose as a problem as they would need to traverse the heavy traffic along Alabang-Zapote Road.
Alabang-Zapote Road is an expansive 10km main road that carries thousands of vehicles on a daily basis. The road must be passed on the way to Manila or towards Makati through the South Luzon Expressway or Skyway through Alabang. To avoid the traffic in this area, residents of the city triad known colloquially as Lampara or Muntiparla can avail of friendship stickers to access exclusive gates for easier travel.
There’s a comprehensive list of houses for sale in Las Piñas for people to choose from, depending on their preferred village, price range, and property type. Aside from house and lots, townhouses for sale can also be found in barangays like Talon Dos and Talon Tres. Many families decide to live in Las Piñas because of the affordable lifestyle that the city has to offer. Most residential villages are also within close proximity to the schools in the city, which is convenient for families with children.
BF Homes International
The largest and most populated barangay in Las Piñas is BF Homes International, with an area of approximately 216 hectares of land and a population of more than 77,000 as of 2010. It is a highly urbanized area with facilities such as health centers, schools, and local government offices. BF Homes International is accessible through a variety of roads; the CAA Road connects it to Alabang-Zapote Road while the Evacom-Canaynay Road allows vehicles from Sucat Road, Parañaque.
One of southern Metro Manila’s premier private colleges, Southville International School and Colleges, can be found in BF International. Located along Tropical Avenue corner Luxembourg Street inside BF Homes, the school is known for its international programs.
BF Resort Village
BF Resort Village, which falls within both Talon Uno and Talon Dos is one of the more densely populated villages in Las Piñas. Not to be mistaken with BF Parañaque, BF Resort Village is known for its upscale houses for sale as well their hole-in-the-wall restaurants spread throughout its vast area. Inside the village is one of Las Piñas’ largest schools, Elizabeth Seton School, while just a few minutes outside of the main gate is University of Perpetual Help, a private hospital and college along Alabang-Zapote Road.
Houses in the area are generally spacious, boasting of land area suitable for large families. Those on a tight budget can expect to find a 180 sqm three-bedroom home can be purchased for as low as Php 4.5 million. Meanwhile, four to five-bedroom homes can be found for as low as Php 13 million (144 to 375 sqm) and up to Php 28 million (429 sqm).
BF Executive Triangle
Located along Concha Cruz Drive, BF Executive Triangle is a high-end residential village in Almanza Dos, Las Piñas. A house and lot of 204 sqm with four bedrooms inside the village can be purchased for Php 15 million. Its location is ideal, as it is accessible through the Concha Cruz gate of BF Homes via Alabang-Zapote Road, providing residents with a refuge away from the traffic jams of the city, while being in close proximity to the main road.
Because of its close proximity to practically every shopping mall in the city, Pilar Village is often looked at as the first-choice address in Las Piñas by interested homebuyers. The village has recently experienced the development of several condominiums, but majority of properties in the area are house and lots. It can be expected, however, that the area is heavily populated and residents may experience traffic coming out of the village because of its location. Thankfully, there are also several restaurants and cafes inside catering to those who want a steady afternoon to work, catch up, or grab a bite.