Las Piñas has come a long way from its humble origins. Starting out as a fishing village, it has blossomed into the Philippines’ top salt producer up until the 1970s. Nestled near the southern border of Metro Manila and Cavite, Las Piñas is rapidly developing into one of the most urbanized areas in the NCR.
Although Las Piñas is best known for the bamboo organ housed in the St. Joseph Parish Church, the city is home to many other cultural artifacts. For example, the Lara House along Quirino Avenue — which dates back to the 1880s — stands as a reminder of the time when Juan Tiongkiao held office as Las Piñas’ first mayor from 1905 to 1913. Other notable cultural artifacts include the Viñalon House, the Cristobal House, the De La Cruz House, the De Leon House, and the Hernandez House.
Las Piñas also launched the Historical Corridor Project in 1997, which aimed to revive public interest in historical landmarks such as the Irasan Center (also known as the Las Piñas Salt Bed), Zapote Bridge (where the second largest battle of the Philippine-American War took place) and the Molino/Pinza Dam (which was a 19th century construction by Augustinian Recollect friars for irrigation).
Aside from offering a glimpse through history, Las Piñas also offers seasonal delights in the form of colorful festivals. One of the most well-known is the Lantern or Parol Festival, which showcases the city’s parol craftsmanship every Christmas season. Other festivals in Las Piñas worth noting are the International Bamboo Organ Festival, the Las Piñas City Historical Festival and the Waterlily Festival.
From 1997 to 1999, Las Piñas earned the title of “Cleanest and Greenest City of Metro Manila.” The city continues to prioritize efforts to improve environmental sustainability, as shown by its ranking in the 2018 World Air Quality Report as the 15th cleanest city in Southeast Asia.
Las Piñas is poised to become one of Metro Manila’s thriving metropolitan centers. For one, its proximity to Alabang-Zapote Road and Cavite has helped to drive, and will likely continue to drive, residential and commercial development. According to Las Piñas’ official website, the city currently rakes in an income of approximately Php1.1 billion.
Presently, half of Las Piñas consists of residential areas, while the other half is made up of commercial, industrial and institutional establishments. The city map has several private subdivisions such as BF Resort, Pilar Village and BF Homes, and it is likely that there will be more of these types of subdivisions in the future.
Las Piñas provides a good environment for emerging startups, as evidenced by the fact that 70 percent of the businesses in the city are single proprietorships. As of 2007, the city has around 7,728 business establishments.
The chances of finding gainful employment in Las Piñas are high. The city has a labor force participation rate of 64.72 percent, while the overall employment rate is 92 percent. Furthermore, Las Piñas has a considerable number of manpower training and livelihood centers, ensuring that member residents will always have employable skills.
So far, Las Piñas’ efforts to promote tourism mostly center on the Historical Corridor Project. Aside from raising awareness and interest in the city’s historical and cultural landmarks, the project also aims to spearhead the restoration, reconstruction and beautification of the above mentioned landmarks.
Las Piñas’ churches in particular are worth a visit. There’s the St. Joseph Parish that houses the city’s famous bamboo organ. There’s also the Santuario de San Ezekiel Moreno, a popular venue for special events like weddings and christenings due to its beautiful interiors. Finally, there’s the Mary Immaculate Parish Church, which is also known as the “Nature Church” due to its open, nature-inspired design.
Churches and bridges aren’t the only attractions in Las Piñas. The Evia Lifestyle Center is an upscale mall where families can enjoy the outdoors while shopping to their heart’s content. Meanwhile, SM Southmall provides entertainment options, such as a bowling center and the first of only two IMAX cinemas in the city (the other being the IMAX theater at Evia).
In 2017, Manuel “Manny” Villar opened the Philippines’ first full-line home center in Las Piñas under the AllHome brand. At 20,000 square meters of selling space, it’s the largest AllHome store as of its opening date, and consists of the signature home center, the signature coffee shop Coffee Project, a supermarket and a bakeshop. The success of this retail hub, as well as the other commercial centers in Las Piñas, will certainly spur real estate development in the city.
As of this writing, the Zapote River Drive road project is in its fourth phase. The project, which aims to reduce flooding and cut travel time on the road by 60 percent, spans 15 kilometers.
Two retaining walls with road are under construction. One is 300 meters and goes through Barangay Talon 5, Moonwalk Phase 2 and Golden Acres up to Zapote River Drive. The other is 630 meters and goes through Vatican Drive to Cicero Street in BF Resort Village. There will also be a 100-meter road in Barangay Zapote, covering the route from San Isidro Pamplona 1 to Diego Cera Avenue.
As of June 2019, Cavitex Infrastructure Corp. (CIC) is in its second phase of road enhancements in the South Metro area. The first phase was completed in December 2018, which considerably improved motorists’ travel experience between Cavite, Parañaque and Las Piñas.
The second phase will widen the Wawa, Parañaque and Las Piñas bridges by adding more lanes. The project expects completion by the fourth quarter of 2019, in response to the nine percent increase in traffic through the area since January 2019.
Early in 2019, Megaworld — in partnership with MUL consortium members LinkENERGIE and Toshiba Water Solutions Ltd — initiated the construction of the Las Piñas Water Reclamation Facility, which will be serviced by Maynilad Water Services Inc.
The facility will become Maynilad’s largest wastewater treatment plant. It will process sewage per the DENR’s standards of cleanliness, and aid in Manila Bay’s cleanup efforts by discharging only clean water into the rivers leading directly into the bay. It may also help alleviate the water shortage problems plaguing both of Metro Manila’s water concessionaires.
Under the LRT-1 extension project, the current 18.1-kilometer LRT-1 will be lengthened by 11.7 kilometers. The extended rail line will have eight new stations stretching through Redemptorist, NAIA, Asia World, Ninoy Aquino, Dr. Santos, Las Piñas, Zapote and Niog, and is expected to be serviceable by the fourth quarter of 2021. Once the project is completed, LRT-1’s daily ridership is projected to increase to 800,000 — a 60 percent increase from the current 500,000.
To maximize Alabang’s potential as the next urban hotspot, Cathay Land Inc. commenced construction of Anantara Square in April 2019.
The four-tower residential complex will stand between Robinsons Place Las Piñas and SM Southmall along the Alabang-Zapote Road. The first tower, a mixed-use building, is about 20 stories high, has approximately 700 units and is geared towards young professionals and new families.
Anantara Square will have a three-story mini-mall featuring a wide variety of service and retail shops. In addition, it will have amenities such as an aquarium at the center, a lap and kiddie pool, a social hall, a courtyard and a study lounge.
The lowest selling price for 24-square-meter studio units will be Php2.6 million, while the starting price for 1-bedroom units will be Php3.1 million. The turnover of the units will begin in 2023.
Back in the early 90s, most people living in the south would have to go all the way to Makati for a more complete shopping experience. But those days are long gone for residents of Las Pinas. The main artery of the city alone, Alabang-Zapote road, boasts of four big malls -- talk about options, eh?
It is also interesting to note that as of April last year, the city passed an ordinance giving Senior Citizens the privilege of watching movies for free every Monday and Tuesday in all Las Pinas cinemas. So whether you’re looking to shop, eat, watch a movie, grab a cup of coffee or just hang out with the family on weekends, Las Pinas has what you are looking for.
SM Southmall during the time that it opened was the only SM mall located in the southern part of Metro Manila. It has since undergone several facelifts to keep up with the changing landscape of the demographic in the surrounding areas. It added a Food Alley, which is an entire row of restaurants for families, with famous names such as Burgoo, Yakimix, and Zubuchon. Its cinema has also been upgraded, and even has an IMAX theater!
Robinsons Malls serve as community malls where people can easily go to buy things that they need. Although not as big as SM Southmall, Robinsons Las Pinas has also become very popular to Las Pineros because it’s nearer the residential areas, less crowded, has a supermarket and cinema, and boasts of free parking! What’s not to love about it? It also has a decent line-up of retail stores that can make errands easier to do -- including chosen government offices at the basement, and a branch of Anytime Fitness where members can go for a workout 24/7.
If there’s a full-blown SM mall nearby, an SM Center can’t be far behind. Located near the Las Pinas City Hall, SM Center Las Pinas offers a big supermarket and an interesting mix of fast food chains and restaurants. While it’s a lot smaller in comparison to SM Southmall, it’s located in a different side of Alabang-Zapote road, making it more accessible to the Las Pineros living in that area. They don’t have to go all the way to SM Southmall or Robinsons Las Pinas to buy the things that they need.
Located at the Las Pinas boundary of Vista Alabang, its name is shortened from “Pontevia” which means bridgeway. According to the mall website, this name is “in reference to its location which is on a central bridge that joins all the parts of Vista Land’s Flagship Community together.” In keeping with the high-end residential developments that surround it, Evia Lifestyle Mall has an array of high-end retail stores and restaurants where families can enjoy their weekends together shopping and dining to their heart’s content.
It also has a state-of-the-art moviehouse, which includes the first IMAX with Laser cinema in Southeast Asia, launched in the 4th quarter of 2018. In a statement, Vista Management highlights that the IMAX with Laser Cinema “offers images and audio fit for an unparalleled immersive cinematic experience and uses next generation 4k laser projection systems which features a new optical engine and a suite of proprietary IMAX technologies for brighter images, deeper contrast and enhanced resolution.”
Those who have been living in Las Pinas for a long time know that the current Vista Mall Las Pinas is the modern iteration of the old Manuela Commercial Complex. This was then turned into Starmall Las Pinas before being reborn into the Vista Mall that it is now. To say that it has been modernised is probably an understatement -- it now has Dolby Digital cinemas, an All Day supermarket that offers fresh meat and produce, an impressive lineup of restaurants, and coffee shops where you can go and work for the day. It’s even connected to an office building that houses a BPO company.
Everytime good restaurants in the south are mentioned, people automatically think of restaurants in the Alabang area or Aguirre Avenue in BF Paranaque. But did you know that Las Pinas has its fair share of foodie destinations, even its own BF food haven in BF Resort Village?
The restaurants below are “homegrown” and can be found only in Las Pinas, the sole exception being a restaurant that started outside of Metro Manila. And the best thing about Las Pinas restaurants: they are usually more affordable.
Established in the late 90s, Skillets and Grill was among the first full-blown restaurants to operate in the now heavily commercialised BF Resort Drive. Known for their meals that make you feel right at home, a visit will not be complete without trying their famous Sizzling Boneless Chicken in Mushroom Gravy. They also do catering services for all kinds of events, and the second floor of the restaurant also serves as a function room that can accommodate group gatherings, family reunions, christenings and even birthday parties.
Trattoria Altrove first introduced their authentic Italian dishes in the beaches of El Nido and Coron. It found its way to the Metropolis in a sprawling branch along Tropical Avenue in Las Pinas. Regular patrons swear by their brick-oven pizza, pasta, and special risotto dishes. The place itself is a thing of beauty: while it looks like an unassuming bungalow from the outside, it pays homage to its beach-side roots by keeping the place completely aircon-free and providing lots of space to lounge around and relax while gorging on yummy Italian food.
This is a common thing for South people: after a few rounds of drinks in Aguirre, they’ll head over to 24-hour restaurant Ero’s for its menu that helps avoid that nasty hangover in the morning: lechon kawali, sisig, tokwa’t baboy, mami, pares, goto and the like! You’ll find this place packed even in the wee hours of the morning, and has this neighbourhood vibe all the regulars swear by.
One of the newer establishments on this list, Carnival Food Club has steadily gained a following among BF Resort Village residents for its high-quality burgers, chicken sandwiches and a rotating menu that promises to serve comfort food of the highest quality. Carnival Food Club offers free delivery within BF Resort Village and its nearby subdivisions, which makes it very popular among residents.
If you have friends that live in the south, chances are good they’ve talked about Mang Raul’s BBQ, one of those restaurants that hardly has to do any advertising because the customers take care of advertising the place. The menu is pretty straightforward: it serves the usual Pork BBQ, tenga, isaw, hotdog, Adidas on-stick but ask any regular: it’s the sauce that makes all the difference.
Kat’s Cafe has already relocated three times: first inside BF Resort Village, then it moved to Robinsons Las Pinas, and then went back inside BF Resort Village where it currently serves its loyal customer base. Despite all the moving, it never seems to have trouble attracting clientele because of three things: (1) good food; (2) very good coffee (same as Toby’s Estate!) and (3) a very homey feel especially in its current location. Their sandwiches and pasta are highly recommended,
You can never go wrong with chocolate, and Cholate does it so well! Proudly using only local tablea for their drinks and pastries, the cafe in Las Pinas is known for serving all kinds of comfort food to complement their variations of hot and cold drinks. They serve pasta, sandwiches, and they have vegan options too! And if you’re wondering why it’s named Cholate, the people behind the name will answer your question… if you give their place a visit.
When choosing your city of residence, one of the most important things you have to evaluate are the hospitals that are accessible to the area. Regardless of whether you have kids or not, knowing where to go for the best medical care possible in times of emergency can literally be the difference between a small hiccup or a major catastrophe.
With a population of more or less 600,000 people, it comes as no surprise that Las Piñas does not have a shortage of hospitals and medical centers -- including one of the premier medical schools in the country. The city government also runs a “Green Card” Las Piñas City Hospitalization Program which gives indigent Las Piñas families subsidies of up to Php30,000.
Affiliated with the College of Medicine of the University of Perpetual Help - Dalta, this hospital is a level-three medical center and is one of the best-equipped in Southern Metro Manila. It has a bed capacity of 215, and has catered to south residents for about 40 years. Owned by the Tamayo family, who has been one of the foundations of the city, Perpetual Help Medical Center offers a complete suite of medical services from heart & vascular, neurosciences, kidney transplantation, cancer care and other specializations.
Primarily focusing on Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Surgery, Las Pinas Doctors Hospital was founded in 1982 by a group of doctors and businessmen who wanted to provide good healthcare to the ever-increasing number of Las Pinas residents. From an initial bedspace number of 25 in its original location in BF Almanza, the hospital has since expanded into a tertiary hospital that boasts of state-of-the-art medical facilities with a 130-bed capacity. It now also runs its own residency training program, and provides quality healthcare to Las Piñas indigents through its Las Pinas City Hospitalization Program (Green Card).
A duly-licensed tertiary hospital located in Barangay Talon Dos Singko, this hospital was recently included in the Green Card Program, along with Las Pinas Doctors Hospital, San Juan De Dios Hospital and Philippine General Hospital. It has a 66-bed capacity and offers services in Pediatrics, Immunization, Newborn Care and Childcare Management.
A premier industrial clinic, it primarily caters to overseas Filipino workers to provide efficient medical services, including ambulance services, endoscopic procedures, wellness clinics, aesthetic and plastic surgery, physical therapy and a dental clinic. It also has a pharmacy, immunisation, ultrasound, clinical laboratory and a drug-testing center.
Originally located near the famous Las Pinas Bamboo Organ Church, this is the only national government hospital in the southern part of Metro Manila. It is the pilot and lead hospital for the implementation of the integration of public health services, a program of the Department of Health. As a government hospital, it also serves patients in other southern Metro Manila cities such as Pasay, Muntinlupa and Paranaque. Due to its proximity, patients from Bacoor and Imus, Cavite can also be assisted here. It now has a 200-bed capacity and is working towards accreditation for its Residency Training Program in four major departments: Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Pediatrics.
This is a level one 20-bed capacity hospital which has an OB ward, medical ward and a pediatric ward. Primarily a private hospital, it also has a dialysis center and is strategically located along Alabang Zapote Road and very near the Zapote Junction. The new management also has plans of expanding and upgrading its facilities.
Las Piñas has a decent number of educational institutions, many of which cater to students from nursery up to the postgraduate level. Some of the most notable ones are:
Touted by the DepEd as a “School of the Future,” SISC garnered numerous international accreditations throughout the years, including an ISO 9001:2000 certification in 2004, an authorization as an “IB World School” in 2005, and an accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
SISC offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as a certificate program for teachers, an international learning center (ILC) for students who want to learn English, and the SEED Academy for students who wish to pursue a vocational career.
DFCAMCLP is a non-sectarian state college that offers bachelor’s degree programs in education, business administration and accounting. Their accounting program is worth a look, as it garnered a 92.17 percent passing rate in the May 2017 CPA board exams, with one student ranking 3rd overall. Even in previous board exams, DFCAMCLP has been known to have at least one graduate rank among the top 7 or 10 passers.
SFAC’s main campus is in Las Piñas, with branches in Alabang, Bacoor, Dasmariñas, Southwoods, Sta. Rosa and Taguig. It offers programs for nursery, kindergarten, elementary, science elementary, junior and senior high school, bachelor’s and master’s degree students. SFAC claims to be one of the pioneers of Home Study Culture in the 90s, a time when the program wasn’t yet recognized in the Philippines.
Despite its name, PMMS isn’t only for aspiring seafarers. It also has an academic track for senior high school students, with an emphasis on STEM, ABM and HUMSS. Students can gain scholarships depending on academic performance, membership in a varsity team, and/or relationship(s) to PMMS graduates and/or students.
UPHSD DALTA has campuses in Las Piñas, Bacoor and Calamba. Students range from preschoolers to undergraduates, as well as enrollees in technical vocational programs. In addition to the bachelor’s programs offered by most universities (e.g. business, arts and sciences, engineering, information technology, education, medical and allied health), students have the opportunity to take up courses in criminology, aviation and maritime education.
Founded in 1982, DLA is a private, non-sectarian school that services students from preschool up to high school. The school has won accolades in both local and national competitions, and is known for high academic standards and relatively affordable tuition fees. Currently, the school has two campuses: one in Las Piñas, the other in Bacoor, Cavite.
ESS is a coeducational, Catholic private institution that offers programs for primary, elementary and high school students. The school has two campuses: the Las Piñas campus (which has a PAASCU Level II Accreditation) and the Imus campus (which has a PAASCU Level I Accreditation).
The school is unique in that it utilizes a House System. Much like the ones in Hogwarts, each house’s performance is measured by the points they gain. The house that wins the highest number of points at the end of the school year is awarded the Mother Seton Cup.
WSOS accepts students from preschool through high school. The school boasts high acceptance rates at the “Big 4” universities (University of the Philippines-Diliman, De La Salle University-Manila, Ateneo de Manila University and University of Santo Tomas), as well as excellent performances in national and international competitions such as Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines (MTAP) and International Competitions and Assessments for Schools — Australia (ICAS).
SJA has the distinction of being Las Piñas’ first private Catholic school. Founded in 1914 by two Belgian missionaries, SJA was originally called “St. Joseph’s School” and initially catered only to grade school students. Eventually, the school included secondary education, was renamed “St. Joseph’s Academy,” and produced famous alumni such as celebrity siblings Luigi Alvarez, Gio Alvarez and Gisella Francesca Alvarez-Bautista.
Originally called Las Piñas College, the school was meant to serve the Graduate of Nursing program in conjunction with the Las Piñas General Hospital. Since then, the school has expanded its offerings to include bachelor’s degrees in accountancy, business administration, computer science, entrepreneurship, hospitality management, medical technology and psychology, plus a handful of master’s programs. The school was acquired by Centro Escolar University in 2015, and it also offers basic education for students in the K-12 program.
For pre-tertiary students who prefer a more affordable education, Las Piñas has several public high schools, including the Las Piñas National High School, Las Piñas East National High School, Las Piñas City Technical-Vocational High School, CAA National High School, Golden Acres National High School and the T.S. Cruz High School.
Las Piñas is also home to branches of AMA Computer College, STI College and APEC Schools, as well as other institutions. Whichever type of education a student would prefer, he or she is bound to find it in Metro Manila’s city of love and progress.
Exciting places and restaurants to visit in the City of Las Piñas are found in private subdivisions and could, therefore, be challenging to access if you do not have your own car. Cabs are also scarce, partly because it has been mostly residential until quite recently. Not to mention that there are just a couple of main roads here. Commuters don’t have to worry though, as there are still a lot of public transport options available.
The SM Southmall PUV terminal is the main transport hub in the City of Las Piñas. Many jeepneys can take you around and to neighboring cities of Cavite, such as Bacoor and Imus. The terminal is found at the leftmost section of SM Southmall located along Alabang-Zapote Road. The major destinations are Soldiers Hills (Las Piñas City), Queen’s Row Center and Queen’s Row Left (Bacoor), and Golden City (Imus).
Vans or UV Express are also available from Monday to Friday to bring commuters to Makati City from 5:30 am to 10 am. It has three main routes. The first one takes you to Amorsolo Exit all the way to Adelantado Street via Dela Rosa Street. The second route passes through Benavidez Street to PLDT at Legaspi Street via Paseo de Roxas. The last route takes commuters through Benavidez Street to EDSA via Makati Avenue.
The San Agustin Transport Corp. rolled out on October 2018 a point-to-point (P2P) bus route from Las Piñas’ Pilar Station to Makati City’s Circuit Lane, and vice versa. This was a great relief for people who need to ferry between the two cities on a daily basis. The service starts at 5:30 am until 7 pm from Las Piñas, and 9 pm from Makati. It costs Php100 a ride. Students, senior citizens, and people with disabilities need only pay PhP80. Before buses head to the Skyway towards the last stop in Las Piñas, there are a couple of pick-up and drop off points in Makati area, including Landmark, Ayala Triangle, and RCBC Plaza.
Just last January, the San Agustin Transport Corp. added a new route from SM Southmall to Makati. Its pick-up point is found near the mall’s west parking area and with the same drop-off points in the central business district of Makati.
The Southland Jeepney Terminal located along the Alabang-Zapote road will take commuters to Baclaran through BF Homes, Paranaque or to SM Southmall. The jeepney route passes through commercial areas such as Labasan (Sucat, Paranaque), President’s Ave, El Grande St., and Aguirre Ave. The fare starts at Php8 or Php9 for the first four kilometers and additional Php1 for every succeeding kilometer. Depending on your destination, fare can range from Php20 to Php40.
Robinsons Place Las Piñas has a terminal for taxi service and other private cars like ride-hailing app Grab at its main entrance.
There are various bus lines which link Metro Manila and Las Piñas, including Bensan Trans, Tas Trans Corp., Reinalyn Bus Lines, Almark Transit Corp., Erjohn, WLLH Liner or W.L.H. Trans, MJ Sunville Transport, ALTRANSCO, and Arabia Boy Express.
Boredom has no place in the City of Las Piñas as it comes with many exciting and fun activities or pasyalan, some of which are as follows:
This unique instrument housed in St. Joseph Parish Church offers a rare sight and melodious sound coming from its more than 1,000 pipes made mostly from bamboo. For a minimal fee, you can learn about the amazing history of this instrument which was sent to Germany in the 1970s for restoration and shipped back to become one of today’s national treasures. An organist can also play the instrument for you. To celebrate the restoration, the city holds an International Bamboo Organ Festival every February attracting locals and tourists.
As its name implies, the over three-decade-old Nature Church or the Mary Immaculate Parish is a nature-inspired church in Las Pinas. It features over 40,000 anahaw leaves intricately woven together to form what is regarded as the Philippines’ largest anahaw roof. The open-air nipa hut structure is a favorite wedding venue due to its unique interior made mostly of wood and other native materials. It is nestled in a mango orchard believed to be more than 50 years old, where not a single tree was cut down during its construction. Marble and driftwood made up the altar while Capiz shells comprised the hanging dove ceiling decors illuminating the inside of the church. Tree trunk stumps carved out of star apple trees, meanwhile, serve as seats to over 100 people.
This church situated along the historic corridor of the old town Las Piñas in Barangay Pulang Lupa holds a lot of significance to the city due to its Spanish colonial period’s architectural elements. Named after the Augustinian priest who served the city from 1876-1879, the church is distinguished as South Metro Manila’s grandest center of faith. It is relatively new compared to St. Joseph Parish Church, but it exudes extreme elegance. It can accommodate 700 people.
Evia Lifestyle Center is a favorite hangout place of many people in the South with their families and friends during the weekend. This upscale commercial center, which also serves as a one-stop hub for residents nearby, is home to famous brands such as Acupoint, Rustan’s Supermarket, McDonald's, and Starbucks. It also houses the state-of-the-art Vista Cinemas, which bills itself as the first MX4D Motion EFX Theater in the country. Vista Cinemas has everything you can only find in famous international theme parks, such as wind, moving chairs, bubbles, leg ticklers, fog, water blast, and more.
Another major attraction of this commercial hub is The Atrium, a fully air-conditioned place ideal for young kids to play and run around. It is actually a garden or park in the mall concept where parents can sit and relax on the artificial grass while they keep an eye on their kids.
Of course, a day out in Las Piñas won’t be complete without satisfying hungry stomachs and unique cravings. Evia Lifestyle Center's The Piazza comes with vast dining options against a backdrop reminiscent of The Venetian Hotel in Macau and Las Vegas.
Bowling enthusiasts find their home in Las Pinas with SM Southmall Bowling Center, which features one of the country's most exceptional bowling facilities. To keep up with the current pace of technology, everything here is fully automated. It has pioneered the use of a fully computerized scoring system. It has also revolutionized 10-pin bowling in the Philippines.
Below are five of the most economically significant neighborhoods in Las Piñas, distinguished for their rapid urbanization and dynamic growth in recent years.
B.F. Resort is part of the gated community officially known as Barangay BF Homes in its neighboring city Parañaque. The subdivision, which used to be called the Las Piñas-Parañaque BF Homes, also includes territorial portions in Muntinlupa. Dubbed as "Asia's largest subdivision,” a secure community was part of Banco Filipino's BF Homes project which was rolled out in early 1970 alongside its other branches in Naga, Caloocan and Quezon City. The portion including territories of Parañaque and Muntinlupa comprised the label “Parañaque BF Homes” while that of Las Piñas was designated as "Las Piñas BF Homes."
The BF Homes Project was the brainchild of Banco Filipino founder Tomas Aguirre, who dreamt of building a suburban community in Southern Manila for urbanites who wish to escape the toxic life and highly populated greater Manila area, yet still want to stay close to their school and work. Aguirre likewise began to develop other sister subdivisions in Las Piñas, including Pilar Village and BF Almanza. As soon as the BF Homes Project opened in 1968, property sales began to spike.
Zapote is a significant gateway to Las Piñas and neighboring cities as many people travel within the city, or to Parañaque or Baclaran through its road network backbone Alabang-Zapote Road. The road continues to suffer from heavy traffic brought by worsening congestion of jeepneys and buses. As of 2016, statistics showed that Alabang-Zapote Road carries around 70,000 vehicles on a daily basis.
Zapote is also a gateway to the province of Cavite, thanks to the historical Zapote Bridge that serves as a pedestrian promenade connecting this vibrant community to Bacoor. Geographically speaking, the Zapote River separates the City of Las Piñas from Bacoor in the Province of Cavite.
The Zapote Bridge is where the second largest battle was fought during the Philippine-American War. It was said that around 5,000 Filipinos raised their arms here against 3,000 Americans on February 16, 1897. It was a hard-fought battle that caused one-half of the bridge to collapse. Today, the bridge has become an essential economic landmark shared by the City of Las Piñas and the province of Bacoor. Both ends of the bridge feature monument parks. On the Las Piñas side is a monument erected for sculptor Ed Castrillo while a monument that depicts the Battle of Zapote Bridge lies on the Bacoor side.
Pulang Lupa, a significant residential community in the city of Las Piñas, is home to the Sarao Motors Jeepney Factory, known as the “King of the Road.” The assembly plant owned by Leonardo Sarao is situated along Padre Diego Cera Ave., Pulang Lupa and is always open for those wishing to see how this type of vehicle is turned into a work of art. Sarao continues to create jeepneys, from four-wheel vehicles intended for transportation to other innovative models and prototypes. There are also custom-made jeeps for projects and exhibition purposes.
Pulang Lupa is also emerging as a commercial business district with the opening of significant businesses, including the Philippine National Bank which recently rolled out its branch in Naga Road, Barangay Pulang Lupa Dos. Naga Road is now a major income generating area in the city, aside from being one of the centers for residential subdivisions in Las Pinas. One of the essential residential developments in this area is the 3-hectare vertical village Camella Condo Homes. Situated at Barangay Pulang Lupa Mapayapa Village, the subdivision in Naga Road is close to C5 Extension, which is being developed into BPO hubs, along with hotels and malls in the area.
Almanza is another major residential area in the city of Las Piñas with an estimated combined population of Almanza Uno and Dos at around 70,000 people as of 2015. Many residential developments have sprouted in the community in recent years, among which is DMCI’s Ohana Place, which is comprised of seven mid-rise condominiums nestled in a 3-hectare land and featuring resort-like amenities and Polynesian architecture exuding the spirit of Hawaii.
Among the significant educational institutions in Almanza is the Centro Escolar Las Piñas, a unit of the century-old Centro Escolar University (CEU). The Manila-based CEU has acquired the school formerly known as Las Piñas College located in Pilar Village, Almanza.
Almanza is also a rapidly growing commercial center, particularly with hotel establishments. Some of the primary hotels found within the community are Eurotel Las Piñas, Hotel Dream World, Prima Resort, Orange Suites Serviced Apartments, and Big M Condotel.
Pamplona is mostly a residential area in the city of Las Piñas with about 65,000 combined populations of Barangays Pamplona Uno, Dos and Tres as of 2015. One of the residential developments that are about to rise in the neighborhood is DMCI’s Parama Residences, a resort-inspired mid-rise condominium near significant business establishments such as Vista Mall, Star Mall, and SM Center.
One of the main shopping malls in Pamplona is SM Center Las Piñas, the second supermall owned by SM Prime Holdings in the city after SM Southmall. The mall situated along Alabang-Zapote Road is found next to the Dragon Mall (formerly known as Ever Center).
Starmall Las Piñas is another shopping destination in the area and holds the title as the first ever mall built in the South. It was just recently renovated to appear more modern and expand its leasable spaces to cater to the growing demand for BPOs.
Among the significant educational institutions in Pamplona is the University of Perpetual Help - Las Piñas campus. It’s the system’s first and biggest campus with almost 14,000 students and 1,370 staff (including non-teachers).